Friday, March 30, 2012

hey, you never know...

So, I've never been terribly interested in playing the lottery... Never really got into gambling, tried the slot machines one time but it didn't do much for me. 


Today the Mega Million winnings broke records - or, they will rather.   Typically I'm not even moved to even pay attention, but for whatever reason today when I heard the cast of Good Morning America boast about how many tickets they bought I was intrigued... 


We're talking George Stephanopoulos - who was a political advisor for President Clinton and is now a journalist taking a seat next to Robin Roberts.  These people definitely have money, yet they were buying tickets for the chance to win at least $540 million dollars... 


That's when I decided I was going to give in. I went to the gas station and purchased $5 worth of picks (like I knew what that meant...).  So, now I'm sort of thinking "why did I do that?" I'm certainly not one to beat the odds...  As several people have pointed out, I have a better chance of getting struck by lightning, or getting cancer...  


However, through the negativity (thoughts of getting struck by lightning or getting cancer) a LOT of Americans went out and purchased their tickets.  $1, $5, some dude even bought $10,000 worth because he thought his odds were better!  It was the topic of conversation at the water cooler today, during lunch breaks people rushed out to get theirs. 


What we actually spent our money on is hope.  Hope that tomorrow will be better than today...  Hope that you'll never have to work again, that you can take care of your parents until they die, that you'll never have to take out a loan, be debt free, hope for a better life?  Wouldn't it be great to win, but is that all you'd need to be happy?  I certainly would love to be able to buy those Tory Burch flats I've been eyeing... But, I couldn't live my life without the hope that tomorrow will be better, love from my family and friends, and that amazing feeling you get when you do beat the odds.  When you rise above the tragedies in your own little life and make tomorrow better from your own struggles.


Did you get your Mega Million ticket?

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