The fever is on again, tonight PowerBall has an estimated Jackpot in excess of Six Hundred Million dollars. Media pundits love to pose hypothetical leading questions whenever we have a really large jackpot. “Sir this is Free Ride from channel 236” the field reporter says earnestly, “tell me what would you do with Six Hundred Million Dollars!”. The unsuspecting gentleman invariably says…”well, I don’t know, I would pay off my bills and maybe get a new car”.
Just once I would love to see them do that live, and have the person say, Lottery what are you crazy! I work too hard for the money we have coming in!
Think about this the next time someone says “You Gotta Be in it to Win it”:
1) How many big time lottery winners do you know personally?
2) Your odds of getting hit by lightning, not once… But 7 times is better than your odds of winning one of these. Considering I haven’t even been hit by lightning once yet, Well… you do the math.
3) The history of lottery winners after they supposedly hit it big, is surprisingly, in a large percentage of the cases a curse and not a blessing. Many end up destitute, in… or needing to be in Rehab. or dead!
4) The average 19-29 year old spends approx 50.00 a month on lottery looking to hit it big. Here’s a better idea take the 50 a month and consistently invest it in large companies, using mutual funds and Guarantee yourself a lightning strike! Shoot, if you put it under your pillow you will end up with a lot more than you will playing the numbers.
On a closing note, here is one more sobering statistic… You have a BETTER chance of dying by being crushed under a vending machine you were rocking because your item didn’t come out.
I don’t expect this will change many minds about playing the lottery given “Human Nature”
Still it does bear thinking about that you never see a rich person waiting in a line for lottery tickets…