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Poll ResultsPoll 242: If there was a game where you win US$1,000,000 just for playing, but have a one in N chance of being killed, how big would N have to be before you would play?
Total votes: 2935
This one generated a fair bit of discussion on the forums and in e-mails to me. Most people's immediate response before thinking is that they would never play such a game, since nothing is worth the risk of dying.
But then an interesting thing happens if you stop and think for a bit.
You already take risks of the order of 1 in a million chance of dying whenever you drive in a car, or cross a road, or whatever.
And you do that every day, for reward no greater than perhaps a few hundred dollars of income, without even thinking about it. For a much larger amount of money, isn't it worth taking at least the same risk? If not substantially more?