Article by Wendy McCance
There is so much hype about the lottery that I figured it would be the perfect subject for today’s post. I have to admit, I rarely play any lottery game. I can count on one hand how many times I’ve played a dollar scratch off ticket. Usually I would win $2.00, enough to try my luck again.
I have never bought a true lottery ticket such as the Mega Millions type of ticket. For whatever reason this week I could not resist. I was going to play it for the first drawing, but just never got around to buying the ticket. When the drawing took place and no one won, I swear in my head I instantly thought, but of course not, I never stopped and bought a ticket! The voice in my head kept insisting I play. So I tortured myself for a while. What store should I choose? Doesn’t the winner always buy their ticket from a cute little party store or gas station? How much should I put down? I swear I fought with my brain because it kept saying spend $50.00. I knew if I spent that much on lottery tickets, my husband would not be pleased. Around and around this went all day and I still didn’t buy a ticket. I dragged my feet and kept questioning how smart it would be to try.
You know what they say, you can’t win unless you play. Well, I wanted to at least have tried to win. That night my husband came home and I told him how I was terrorizing myself to buy a ticket. He thought I should just go out and get one. Still I dragged my feet. Later, after dinner, my daughter mentioned that she had signed up to bring in plastic silverware for one of her classes that was having a party the next day. She was sorry for the late notice, but could I please go out and pick some up for her.
I got on my jacket and went to the local CVS. I started thinking about the lottery ticket. Should I finally just get it over with and buy one? Does anyone ever win at a CVS? So I made a deal with myself, I would use the $5.00 I found in my purse and buy a $5.00 scratch off ticket. If I won, I would buy $50.00′s in lottery tickets. While in line I saw a sign behind the cash register that said that their store had a $10,000 winner off of the lottery. Well, that gave me hope that a CVS could produce a winner in a game this big. I went up to the counter to pay for the plastic silverware and asked for a $5.00 lottery ticket (meaning a $5.00 scratch off ticket). The clerk turned, walked off and came back with a Mega Millions ticket. I was stunned. She had gotten me an easy pick with 5 different combinations on it. I was about to tell her a mistake had been made, but decided maybe it was fate.
The whole drive home, I kept replaying in my head the whole process. I saw a sign saying that yes, there had been someone very lucky from their store. I wanted a scratch off ticket, but got the ticket that had been bugging me all day instead. Was this fate? Weirder things have happened.
I have decided to have faith and enjoy the ride. If I win, there are many people in my family that I would want to take care of. I know too many people who have been having a really rough time recently. I would also put a good chunk aside for my kids futures. The last thing I would do is take some solid vacation time with my family. We’ve only ever done one family vacation and it was up north to a beach town for a few days. I have always regretted not having enough money to take them on a real vacation. I want them to see some historical sites like Yellowstone National Park and Mt. Rushmore. Disney World would be on the list as well as England to visit some relatives the kids have never met.
Wish me luck, and if you are playing this lottery, I wish you luck as well (even though that might seem counter-productive).
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