Lastly, it might seem hard to justify spending $30 on an entrance fee for a prize you probably won't win, but we spend money on stupid stuff all the time. Just today, my boyfriend bought two Powerball tickets for $3 each. According to Ronald L. Wasserstein, executive director of the American Statistical Association, the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are one in 175,223,510. Assuming that every single person who filled out the census in Baltimore City was also an artist and also applied for the Sondheim Prize, your odds of winning would be one in 622,104. It stands to reason that paying $30 for a far-better-than-one-in-622,104 chance of winning $25,000 dollars is just better financial sense than investing $3 for a one-in-175,223,510 chance of winning like, a bazillion dollars, right?