Monday, January 11, 2016

Surrendering to Powerball




     I didn't win the Powerball lottery Saturday night.
     Neither did you. Nobody did.
     Shocking, I know, because, well, we had our hopes, didn't we?
     I'm still surprised that I played, twice. So $4 of that a $1.3 billion being given away, maybe, Wednesday is mine.
     Or was.
     I'm a little embarrassed to admit I played. Mr. Logic. Mr. Rationality. Voluntarily paying the Stupid Tax. It's almost as bad as visiting a palmist.
     Well, like any sinner, I have my excuses.
     The first time was a few weeks ago, and a machine made me do it. I popped into the 7-Eleven on Shermer Road to buy a Sun-Times — my wife had taken ours to work. There was a new machine set up by the doughnut case. Designed, no doubt, to relieve the endless pressure on the clerk who has to sell both tickets and Slurpees. I had $2; why not try out the machine? It worked.


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4 comments:

  1. Don't worry, pretty sure you and your better half can afford house and driveway upkeeps without the lottery. People do so with less.

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  2. My favorite lottery quote

    I figure you have the same chance of winning the lottery whether you play or not.

    Fran Lebowitz

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  3. I'm rather neutral about the lotteries and my favorite saying in this respect (as it was mentioned in the story) is as follows: you won't win if you are not in it. There is no one to blame about the loss, it is a voluntary decision whether to be part of it or not. Even understanding that it will be more likely a losing endeavor I played it online at WinTrillions review as I was outside the USA and didn't want to lose the chance. It was all just about the chance.

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  4. Sneed really should retire. Who uses the term "civics" anymore. Though she'll always claim some "dubious" source said this or that. See the 2-12 column. And she's always on vacation.

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