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  • You've probably all heard of a get rich quick scheme, and you've probably also heard the adage that there's no such thing as easy money.


  • But what if you were one of the luckiest people alive?


  • Maybe a gambler that started with little but made the bet of a lifetime?


  • Or a savvy investor that somehow managed to start with a buck and make it a million?


  • Or perhaps you have an eye for expensive antiques and bought something for barely anything and sold it for a fortune?


  • Do these things even exist, have people really started with a dollar and then got rich off of it?


  • That's what we'll find out today, in this episode of the Infographics Show, fastest way people turned one dollar into a million?


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  • As you know, one way to turn a small amount of money into a fortune is to win the lottery.


  • Where should you play to get the best odds and the biggest prizes?


  • According to most media, that is the USA; Spain actually also has huge prizes.


  • The biggest ever single win in the U.S. was when a Massachusetts woman won $758.7 million in 2017.

    美國史上單注最大獎的是被一個麻薩諸塞州的女人所抱走,她贏得了 7.587 億美金 (約 237.86 億台幣) 的獎金。

  • But because she decided to take the lump sum in one gonot over 29 paymentsand because the win is taxed, she came out with a measly $336 million.

    但因為她選擇一次提領,而非分二十九次提領,再加上抽稅,她實際上只帶走 3.36 億美金 (約 105.4 億台幣)。

  • The nursing clerk obviously decided to retire soon after.


  • Winning the lottery, however, isn't that easy.


  • You are actually, statistically, more likely to die in a car crash or get struck by lighting than win the lottery.


  • The odds of winning the Mega Millions lottery is one in 259 million, and one in 292 million for Powerball.

    贏得美國大百萬樂透頭獎的機率為 2.59 億分之一,而贏得威力球頭獎的機率則是 2.92 億分之一。

  • Nonetheless, this is likely the best get-super-rich gambling bet out there.


  • Sticking with gambling, in 2017 a woman in the UK walked into a betting shop with one buck (or in this case pound) and walked out with $800,000.

    繼續來講賭博,在 2017 年,英國有一名女性帶著一元 (在這裡應該說一磅) 走進一間投注站,然後帶走了八十萬英鎊 (約 3040 萬台幣)。

  • She bet on what's called an accumulator, meaning she chose twelve English football matches and bet which side would win in each game, stating home win or away win.

    她下注了一種多重彩,意思是她要選擇 12 場英式足球,然後賭每一場是主隊贏還是客隊贏。

  • She didn't like football, she told the press, and just chose the names she liked.


  • She got them all correct, and William Hill betting company said it was their biggest football payout ever.

    她全都賭對了,投注公司 William Hill 表示這是他們付過最大額的獎金。

  • The funny thing is, the woman's husband, apparently a football expert, had been betting on teams every week all his adult life.


  • So, there you go, you might try using the force when you bet.


  • We now turn to probably the luckiest ever slot machine winner, who won big in Las Vegas not just once, but twice.


  • The man, called Elmer Sherwin was 76 when he won $4.6 million on the slot machine MegaBucks.

    這名男子叫 Elmer Sherwin,他在 76 歲時於吃角子老虎機遊戲 MegaBucks 中贏得 460 萬美元 (約 1.45 億台幣) 的獎金。

  • According to one betting site we found, you can play each spin with one, two or three dollars, but to get the Jackpot you must play with three dollars.


  • What's amazing, this old guy took a trip around the world after his win, then went back to Vegas 14 years later at the ripe old age of 90.


  • He then won $21 million playing the same game.

    然後他在同一個遊戲又贏得了 2100 萬美元 (約 6.6 億台幣)。

  • Probably too old to spend the cash, he donated it to charity.


  • Odds experts seem to disagree over what the odds are of winning the MegaBucks Jackpot.

    概率專家對於贏得吃角子老虎機遊戲 MegaBucks 頭獎的機率似乎有不同的看法。

  • Some say as low as one in 17 million, while another odds expert put it closer to 1 in 49 million.


  • You might also start with one cent, go to the casino, play roulette, and bet on black.


  • If you win, return the next day and bet on black or red.


  • Keep doing that.


  • If you win every day for 27 days you'll have $671,088.

    如果連續贏了二十七天,那你就會有 671,088 美元 (約台幣兩千一百萬)。

  • The next day is the deal breaker.


  • Win that and you will get $1.3 million.

    如果贏了,你就能拿到一百三十萬美金 (約台幣四千萬)。

  • You could just stay there and bet on one color each time.


  • According to casino records, in 1943 red came up 32 times in a row.

    根據賭場紀錄,在 1943 年時輪盤遊戲曾連續開出三十二次紅色。

  • That is still a record now.


  • The chances of that happening are over 10 billion to 1.


  • On second thoughts, let's wait a day and come back.


  • You have a 47.4 percent chance of getting the color right each time.

    你每次都會有 47.4% 的機率押對顏色。

  • Let's move away from these insane odds and towards the Bitcoin phenomenon.


  • Now you likely have heard of the person that bought two pizzas with 10,000 units of Bitcoin.


  • This story was all over the media when Bitcoin was on the ascent, and it was reported that the Bitcoin that person paid for those pizzas with would then be worth about $100 million.

    這故事在比特幣開始上漲時在媒體上大肆傳播,據報導,那個人當時付的比特幣在現在約值一億美金 (約 31 億台幣)。

  • Fortune also wrote in 2017 that if you would have bought just $5 of Bitcoin in 2010 – which would have given you 2000 Bitcoinswhen the article was written you could have sold your coins for $4.4 million.

    財星雜誌在 2017 年也寫了一篇文章說,如果你當時在 2010 年買了五美元的比特幣 (在當時可買到約 2000 比特幣),如文章撰寫的當下你將可以四百四十萬美元 (約 1.4 億台幣) 的價格售出那些比特幣。

  • So, if you had bought a dollars' worth, that would have been around one million.

    所以如果你當時買了一美元的比特幣,現在就會價值一百萬美元 (約 3100 萬台幣)。

  • Bet you wish you would have done that, eh.


  • Well, if you want to get rich quick, perhaps you should be on the lookout for the next big thing in digital or alternative currencies.


  • You could of course just ask for one dollar from one million people, and that won't cost you anything except maybe a little bit of your time.


  • Would people seriously do that?


  • Well, one young English man called Alex Tew did that in 2005 to generate income for his university education.

    在 2005 年有一個名年輕的英國小伙子叫 Alex Tew 就這麼做了,為了他的大學學費。

  • He created the "The Million Dollar Homepage" which had one million pixels on it.


  • You could buy the pixel for one buck and display an image on it.


  • He ended up making a little over 1 million in gross income.

    他最後獲得了比一百萬美元 (約 3100 萬台幣) 多一點點的收入。

  • You might also just get lucky buying some old junk at a yard sale and selling it.


  • CNN reported in 2013 that someone did just that at a yard sale in New York State.

    CNN 就報導說在 2013 年時,紐約有個人這麼做了。

  • The person bought a Chinese bowl for 3 dollars and it sold later at auction in London for $2,225,000.

    那個人用三美元買了一個瓷碗,然後在倫敦的一廠拍賣會以 2.225 百萬美元 (約七千萬台幣) 售出。

  • And if you want to hear a literal rags-to-riches story we have one.

    而如果你想聽一個真的從赤貧 (破布) 到巨富的故事,我們這有一則。

  • In 2017, a man called Loren Krytzer sold what he had once thought was a worthless rag for $1.5 million.

    2017 年時,一名叫 Loren Krytzer 的男子以一百五十萬美元 (約四千七百萬台幣) 的價格賣掉了一條他曾經認為是垃圾的破布。

  • The man had been surviving on disability checks up until then after losing a leg in a car accident.


  • One day he was watching "the Antiques Roadshow" and realized that the dusty blanket he'd never bothered to use in the closet looked like the one on the TV; a Navajo blanket from around the 1800s.

    有天他在電視上收看《鑒寶路秀》時發現在他衣櫃裡他從沒想過要用的的毯子跟電視上那條 1800 年代的納瓦霍毯長得很像。

  • He told the press what he thought while watching that show, "I paused it and I went and got the blanket and I'm sitting there holding it.


  • … I'm lining up the lines on the TV with the blanket, seeing if they match."


  • Indeed, they did, and he became a millionaire.


  • So, a word to the wise, why not check out what old junk you have stored somewhere in the house.


  • You might just have a million bucks lying around.


  • Odds are someone does.


  • But even the toys you bought one day could be worth a small fortune if you kept them in perfect condition.


  • It's reported that the mother of a boy who once asked her for one of the Transformer figures while in Toys R Us in the U.S. ended up having the entire collection at one point.


  • Sadly, the boy died of AIDS later in life but in 2007 the mother sold the Original Boxed Collection for $1,000,000.

    傷心地是,那男孩後來因愛滋過世了,該母親後來在 2007 年時以一百萬美元 (約三千一百萬台幣) 賣出那些原廠盒裝模型。

  • You could make thousands upon thousands if you have some of the old Star Wars figures still boxed, so next time you go to the toy store why not buy two of the toy you are buying.


  • Who knows what it'll be worth in 30, 40, 50 years' time.


  • This might not be the fastest way to make a million, but it will be for your kids.


  • So, can you think of any legal get rich quick schemes?


  • Let us know in the comments!


  • Also, be sure to check out our other video called How is Life Different for Billionaires!


  • Thanks for watching, and, as always, don't forget to like, share, and subscribe.


  • See you next time!


You've probably all heard of a get rich quick scheme, and you've probably also heard the adage that there's no such thing as easy money.


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