I don’t play the lottery. Over the years, my children have asked why I don’t. Well, I tell them, first, it is not a good bet. You’ll more than likely be struck by lightning than win the lottery. I’ve also told them that it would be just my luck that the one time I do win, 10,000 others will have played the same numbers and we’ll each receive $12.50, or something like that.
It does seem as though most people who play the lottery have no business doing so. They are more than likely the least able to afford it. We’ve all experienced it, and it happened to me just the other day. I stopped at a Shell station to pick up something and ended up behind a gentleman, who appeared… let’s just say… to not be very well-off.
I waited as the clerk pulled out row after row of scratch tickets. He ended up purchasing $50 worth of tickets. Now, I understand looks can be deceiving—you can’t judge a book by its cover and all—but this guy had old clothes, holes in his sneakers, etc.
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