We have lottery fever. I typically don’t buy lottery since the chances of winning is pretty dismal. I believe in the true and proven method of working your butt off to become rich. I believe I have better chances of getting hit with a lightning twice than winning the lottery, but we have the fever.
It started last week when a co-worker asked if we wanted to start a lottery pool when the Jackpot was about $200 million. Twenty dollars each she says. Yikes! That’s a big gamble considering I mull over anything that cost above $20. Anyhow, I went for it. Why not, right? It’s not like the chances of winning is zero. People do win and why not me this time. Well, surprise surprise we did not win- BUT neither did anyone. Misery or should I say losers love company specially if it’s the lottery and shared by everyone.
So, my co-worker suggested we play again but this time we only spend $5 each. We’ve got kids to feed after all. Next drawing came and it was still a no go. Not a single winning number combination. Nothing. Nada. Zip. BUT nobody won again! Do we play one more time? Well of course! I’m already down $25 so it’s either we lose or we win with flying colors at this point. This time around, I was appointed to buy the tickets. Four more people joined in. My co-worker promised to wear her lucky necklace, another said they will root for our numbers- pom pom and all during the drawing. Well, as luck would have it, we hit a few numbers. We have $23 in lottery winnings.Yah pa dooh!
Still, nobody got the jackpot and it has increased to $500 million. That’s half a billion dollars! Are we going to play again? You betcha! How often do you get to have a chance to get your hands on half a billion dollars overnight? Not very many that’s for sure.
So far, I’m down $30 with only $2.87 in winnings to show for. We all know that the chances are ridiculous but we go for it anyways. People spend more money on the lottery when the jackpot is high. Others take lengthly measures to buy the tickets. A “lucky” store in Los Angeles County has a long line and a 3-hour wait to get their tickets. Someone I know drove to different stores to buy a $1 ticket from each store. So, in addition to investing money, people also invest time and gas. I suppose this only seems wasteful when you don’t win.
What would you do if you actually win the lottery?
This is the fun part. You can quit your job. Pay off your bills, travel, help family, donate to charities, and do all the things you’ve always dream of. The posibilities are endless, but let’s rationalize this whole craziness.
What does buying the lottery really get you?
I get to dream what I would do with the money- oh, the places i’ve been and the adventures I have done. After that comes remorse from wasting money. Sometimes, I don’t even look at the winning numbers so I can prolong the fantasy. If you only spend a buck to play, all the day dreaming and possibility is worth it. That is if you seldom play. If you play regularly and start counting on winning, you are in for a heart break my friend. Your money is better off saved.
The odds of winning the Mega Million lottery is 1 in 176 million according to this ticket I’m holding. Just for fun, let’s compare the odds with some other things.
Odds of being struck by lightning in a given year: 1,000,000 to 1
Odds of being an astronaut: 13,200,000 to 1
Odds of winning an Olympic medal: 662,000 to 1
Odds of becoming a pro athlete: 22,000 to 1
Odds of finding out your child is a genius: 250 to 1
Odds of dating a millionaire: 215 to 1
Odds of being audited by the IRS: 175 to 1
Odds of getting hemorrhoids: 25 to 1
Having a genius kid would be pretty awesome. I think I want that over the lottery jackpot. How cool would that be! I wanted to be an astronaut when I was a kid. Really, really wanted to. I even went on those nerdy camp things. I thought about majoring in Aeronautical Engineering when I was in high school. I just needed to get better at math, have good vision, and not have vertigo everytime I’m on a moving object. Yup, just a few minor obstacles. I’m not blogging from space so you how that turned out.
Well, I’m off to buying tickets for the next drawing. Half a billion dollars here I come! If I don’t get it, I hope you do. Best of luck!