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.