Mark My Words — The Lottery: Somebody won, but it wasn’t me!

I am not one to play the lottery. I can count on my fingers the number of times I actually bought a Lotto, Mega Millions or Power Ball ticket.

I am more prone to buy scratch off tickets. I don’t quite know or understand their appeal to me, but I will buy a few over the course of a few weeks and then not buy any again for months.

I guess there is a part of me that is saying, “What if…” and another part of me that is saying, “Dude, stop wasting your money”.

Several years ago my co-workers and I would chip in for a PowerBall ticket once the possible winnings reached a certain amount. I do not think any of us ever dreamed of winning, but we always made a point to toss in a buck and cross our fingers.

Actually, I take that back. I am sure we all DREAMED of winning. I mean, why would be play if we didn’t WANT to win. I am sure thoughts of new cars, homes, and no more work all danced through our heads. But the reality was that we had just as much chance of winning as the coyote has catching the Road Runner!

While I have no idea who the big winner from our area is, and based on the clues given in the media, I don’t think our paths have ever crossed, I would venture to guess they probably felt the same way I did.

I could be wrong. I mean, they won! The most I have ever won is $20 on a $5 ticket.

If I ever won that amount of money, what would I do with it? Obviously, my children and their future would be a priority. And then there are our student loans, mortgage, etc. My wife has visions of a cruise and going to Hawaii on her bucket list, so those would be something we would definitely do.

Of course there are several charities that would benefit from it all and the list goes on and on.

Then there are the huge, out of reach dreams that we all have that we think, “if only I had the money, I would like to do this or that”. I would love to own a baseball or hockey team. Not NHL or MLB level, mind you, but on on a much smaller scale.

I am not even sure if I would want anyone knowing I won the lottery. I would hope that I could keep that as my little secret, but nothing is secret these days. While money doesn’t buy happiness, it does “pay the bills”, and that is important too.

I am not sure why I am even thinking about winning. I won’t win. People from our area aren’t lucky enough to win. Someone else will win.

Do you think the person who just won from our little town said the same thing while buying that lucky ticket? Who knows.

But we all know, it CAN happen!

Submitted by Mark McGlothlen



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