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So! Have you stood in line at your nearest convenience store to get your winning lottery tickets!?! As I write this blog on Monday, October 22, 2018, a ridiculous historical record high of over $1.6 Billion (yes, with a ‘B’) is waiting for someone to select the winning numbers for tomorrow’s Mega Millions drawing. And not only that, they are now saying the Power Ball has reached $620 Million. Truly this is life changing.
Clearly this is the daily chatter now. Nobody is getting any honest work done. Everyone wants to know what you would do if you woke up Wednesday morning to find yourself an instant millionaire, oops… I mean ‘Billionaire’!!! Folks, this is a crazy, insane amount of money!
Fear of Missing Out
And don’t you know that ‘mega bucks’ are being poured into advertising with their sublimely message to make you part with your spare dollar bills in your pocket to not forget purchasing yours. There’s also a phenomenon known as FOMO or fear of missing out. According to Wikipedia, the fear of missing out or FOMO is “a pervasive apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences from which one is absent”. This social angst is characterized by “a desire to stay continually connected with what others are doing”. Is this what we’re doing folks? But you argue, well, you can’t win unless you play. Gotcha! This is exactly what they want you do. And although it may be tempting to buy a lottery ticket with such massive prizes, it’s actually not a very good investment. You know and I know that to be the winning number, you have to have that ‘magic Irish luck’ of beating a staggering 1 in 302,575,350 odds. But we don’t mind. I don’t know about you, but I’m not about to let this once in a lifetime opportunity pass me by!
Picking the Winning Numbers
I’ve also wondered what the right way is to go about picking the winning numbers and the ever-important ‘Mega Ball’! What do you do? I have a friend who insists to use ages of her children, husband and/or herself. I know other ‘techie’ friends who actually spend hours researching on the internet to determine what ‘odd’ balls to pick versus the ‘even’ balls. Why, even the lottery website itself will tell you the frequency of each 70 numbers you can pick from. Not me, I wasted years of playing like that. Nope, I just wait out my turn in line and ask very simply, “Please print out the ‘winning’ numbers using quick pick, cash option only. And oh yes, I just need one ticket.” The way I figure it is, if you’re lucky, you’re lucky and you only need one. It infuriates me when I see people clog up the lines wanting 10, 25, 100+ dollars worth of tickets. Folks! Do yourself a favor, you only need one! Save your money!
Nothing Wrong in Dreaming, Right?
Okay, okay… I know. I may be stepping on some people’s toes here. Morally speaking, there shall be those of you who will have no part with this. I get it. This is gambling after all. And for most belief systems, I would be willing to wager that this would be considered, shall I say, a sin? But hey, lighten up. There’s nothing wrong in dreaming a little bit. Just having the distraction of figuring out what you would do with this insane amount of cash is a gratifying uplifting moment.
Let’s get serious. I want to be in a position to help others. Wouldn’t everyone want to be able to immediately generously gift their favorite charities? And I don’t care if I may have some ‘relatives coming out of the woodwork’ show up. With this kind of money, I could afford to be generous (only up to 2nd cousins okay folks!)… Yes, it would be so wonderful to have a piece of this life changing event.
Now, go out and have the ‘best day ever’ everyone while I go to my Aunt Nadean’s so I can get her ‘Irish lucky blessing’ on my numbers!