} Ahhh, putting atheists and agnostics into the same boat, are we?
} Let's look for a moment at the true meaning of those words. The atheist
} refuses the idea that the unprovable must be accepted as the given, and
} thus refuses to accept the burden of proof for believing in gods or
} oracles. The agnostic claims, through a magnificent sleight of hand, to
} have special knowledge through which he knows he is unable to know
} whether or not he should believe in gods or oracles. The agnostic is
} thus far more useful to me.
} Thus we have fully examined the positions of those two guys. Except for
} them, everyone else has some sort of religious or superstitious belief.
} Now we finally arrive at your purported "substitious" supposition. The
} word has no meaning to the true atheist. (False atheists, a dime a
} dozen around here, are in the same category as agnostics or shell-game
} operators.) Agnostics, and no small number of the deeply religious as
} well, believe in The Lottery, and see it as a particularly worthwhile
} investment strategy, in spite of the provably dreadful return on the
} investment. The Lottery is a tax on Bad Mathematics, being right up
} there in utterly foolish behavior with trying to get sensible answers
} from an anonymous and fake genius on the Internet.
} So as any fool can plainly see, the answer to your question is a real
} mess, with "substition" being used as a substitute for superstition by
} the religious and the irreligious as they buy their Lottery tickets, so
} that they can claim they are not superstitious.
} You owe the Oracle condolences over his off-by-one error in selecting
} the latest Mega Million, where 14 38 51 64 70 9 was the winner and the
} Oracular Selection was 14 37 51 64 70 9. So close! Maybe next time.
} I've lost so often I'm due for a big win. I can feel it in my bones.