States throughout the country continue to see record sales in lottery profits, in spite of high unemployment rates and dwindling household incomes. Ohio, for one, saw its profits rise for the eighth straight year, up from $771 million to 803.1 million since 2012.
The increase in lottery profits clearly indicates that more people are willing to take a chance, even in the face of astronomical odds. The average odds of winning the lottery are one in 259 million in California, but it is even higher in some less populated states.
For those of you who trust your luck, here are 15 songs you can listen to on your way to your favorite lottery ticket store. Each song has the word “Chance” in its title.
“A Chance Encounter in Cincinnati” by the Minor Leagues: On this catchy track from The Story Is Old I Know, front man Ben Walpole sings of finding love after reluctantly attending a concert
“Take a Chance on Me” by ABBA: The harmonies are the main reason this tune became such a huge hit, just like many others for the 70s Swedish pop quartet.
“Second Chance” by Peter Bjorn and John: This single from the trio’s Gimme Some is used as the theme song for the sitcom “Two Broke Girls.”
“Chances” by Heroes: This 70s rock classic stems from Album project 6, a collection of songs on vinyl from Cincinnati’s WEBN.
“No Chance” by Lou Reed: This melancholy track is a perfect choice to start side two of Magic and Loss, a somber album released after the death of Velvet Underground friend Doc Pomus.
“Slim Chance” by Todd Snider: The witty folk singer placed this catchy tune on his album, The Excitement Plan.
“Chances Are” by Johnny Mathis: This standard has become the song that most identify with the golden-voiced pop singer.
“Big Chance” by the Bee Gees: This title track introduces a compilation of the Gibbs’ lesser-known ballads and disco tunes.
“Take a Chance” by the Magic Numbers: This tune is the highlight from the indie band’s sophomore effort, Those the Brokes.
“Chance Meeting” by Roxy Music: Bryan Ferry on this tune from the self-titled debut provides glimpses of the artistic rock that would soon define the alternative band.
“One Chance” by Modest Mouse: This is one of the tunes that closes out the excellent Good News for People Who Love Bad News, the album propelled by “Float on” and “Ocean Breathes Salty.”
“Honey Just Allow Me One More Chance” by Bob Dylan: The Bard was just discovering his talent on the sophomore album Freewheelin’, from which this Guthrie-esque classic emerged.
“Taking a Chance on Love” by Frank Sinatra: Old Blue Eyes showcases his golden tenor on this classic from pop’s Golden Era.
“Another Chance” by Georgia Satellites: The Southern Rockers, who hit the Top Ten with “Keep Your Hands to Yourself,” sound even better on this lesser-known track from In the Land of Salvation and Sin.
“Give Peace a Chance” by John Lennon: The husband of Yoko Ono had just left The Beatles when this protest song became ubiquitous.