The Astronomical Cost of Playing the Lottery
Two things came to my attention recently. First, the James Webb Telescope is on the chopping block. And second, Americans spent $70 billion on lottery tickets last year (yes, “billion” with a “b”). That’s a big number. How big is it? It’s so big…
…well, you know that James Webb Telescope? You could pay for ten of them. That’s ten James Webb Telescopes worth of lottery tickets every year.
Yeah. So, for the amount Americans spend on lottery tickets in one year, you could buy a Celestron S11740 Sky-Watcher 12-Inch Dobsonian Telescope for every American kid between 10 and 19. And next year, you could buy them each another one.
But the James Webb Telescope is just too expensive to keep in the federal budget. As of this writing, though, it isn’t officially dead yet. Maybe we’ll get lucky.