Posted by jama on Sunday, July 3, 2011 at 11:55pm.
Your brother just won the Power Ball lottery. He has the choice of $10,000,000 today or 30year annuity of $500,000, with the first payment coming today. What rate of return is built into the annuity?

business math  MathMate, Monday, July 4, 2011 at 4:44pm
Let the builtin interest rate be constant and equal to i.
The future value of the lump sum, S, after 30 years is
S=10000000*(1+i)^30
The future value of the 30 installments, P, at the end of the payments is:
500000*((1+i)^301)/i
Equate S and P and solve by the bisection method or trial and error.
I get about 2.8%.