Last Saturday there was a powerball lottery drawing to win the prize of four hundred and eighty-seven million dollars with millions of Americans buying tickets to fulfill their hopes of being wealthy. While I’m not opposed to people paying a few dollars for the opportunity to have their lives completely changed I find it very interesting that a lot of people who bought tickets Saturday won’t be purchasing any tomorrow night now that the jackpot has dropped back down to forty million dollars. The reason most people play the lottery is for that one in two hundred and ninety-two million chance to get more money than they ever would otherwise and to me it seems absolutely ridiculous that some people will shell out hundreds of dollars for a hundred million dollar jackpot but when it goes back down to forty won’t even spend two bucks.
The logic behind this seems crazy to me. Whether it’s over a billion dollars like it was a few months ago or forty million like it is now winning that amount will completely change your life. Is forty million dollars not enough for you? Think about everything you would do if you won the lottery. Most people say that if they won they would quit their job. The average American income according to Wikipedia is a little over fifty thousand dollars per year. If you were to work for one hundred years making that much money, a feat which no human has ever accomplished before you would have less than six million dollars, a mere fraction of what winning the lottery would get you. My point is you can quit your job no matter what the jackpot is because the minimum will always be forty million.
If you won you would buy a big house, new fancy cars, and go on dream vacations. You are delusional if you think that forty million dollars won’t allow you to live out most all of your lottery fantasies. A lot of people I have encountered in my life “won’t waste their money” on lottery tickets unless the jackpot is a certain amount, usually in the hundreds of millions. Regardless of the jackpot you will most likely be wasting your money anyway. To be clear, I’m not opposed to people playing the lottery despite the terrible odds. It’s fun to dream, but don’t act like forty million dollars is beneath you.
I just want to take the time at the end of this post to offer a word of caution about the lottery. While it is fun to dream and fantasize about winning a lot of money and what you would do with it don’t let that replace the reality you are currently living in. Be content with what you have or do what you can to get what you want. Don’t let your happiness depend on a random drawing of numbers that happens twice a week because if you do the odds are life won’t ever be what you want it to be.