Can ‘Lottery Fever’ Affect Your Brain? (Video)

When fantasy becomes as satisfying as reality

Can ‘Lottery Fever’ Affect Your Brain? (Video)

The human brain can respond in an interesting way to lottery jackpots — especially when we are talking about winnings in the billions. What makes us succumb to “lottery fever,” a belief that we can win even when our chances are slim?

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Joseph Rock, PsyD, says our brains aren’t wired to think about probability. There’s a part of us that can find fantasy as satisfying as reality. In fact, certain hormones are released as we fantasize.

It becomes an issue when people think the lottery is a way they will make their living. In those cases, it can be a sign of a gambling problem.

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