# The Odds of Hard Drives Crashing and Winning the Lottery

The following was sent to me. It’s been making it’s way around the internet. But when have liberals ever paid attention to math as the national debt shows?

“The story of former IRS official Lois Lerner’s computer crash continues to get more interesting. Word now comes that the IRS abruptly cancelled its long-time contract with Sonasoft, an email-archiving company, which would have stored Lerner’s emails on its servers.

So here’s the math:

• The odds of winning the Florida lottery are 1 in 22,957,480.
• The odds of winning the Powerball is 1 in 175,223,510.
• The odds of winning Mega Millions is 1 in 258,890,850.
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• The odds of a disk drive failing in any given month are roughly one in 36. The odds of two different drives failing in the same month are roughly one in 36 squared, or 1 in