Would You Take Free Gas for Life, or $250K?

In Florida lottery, most prefer fuel, even though math doesn't work out
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2008 8:14 AM CDT
With prices pushing $4.30 per gallon in South Florida, a lottery poll found that 90% of players would prefer their winnings in gas, rather than cash.   (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
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(Newser) – Florida lottery players have the chance to win "free gas for life," and if that sounds too good to be a second-place prize, it is. The weekly runners-up will get free, but not unlimited, fill-ups worth $2,600 per year—which is unlikely to add up to more than the first prize, the New York Times reports.

But plenty of Floridians are still more eager for free gas than for the $250,000 jackpot. “If gas keeps going up and up—and I expect it will—then I’d rather have free gas for life,” said one. And while not everyone is flouting logic and math, ticket sales have been steadily rising since last week. (Read more lottery stories.)