I am not one in 176 million…

Here’s one thing I know for sure – I won’t be a mega millionaire tomorrow.  I know this because I did not buy a single ticket for tonight’s drawing.  So I won’t be taking the cash option buyout of $462 million ($347 million after taxes).

I don’t tend to invest a lot of time and energy on things that have a ridiculously low possibility of  producing a return.  Not that I don’t ever play the lottery – I have had a subscription to the North Dakota Powerball lottery for a few years now.  I send a check a few times a year and play my same old numbers.  Every once in awhile I win.  The state sends me my winnings in the mail – typically $12.  I have yet to have a year where I come out ahead - which is why I keep my investment at just one ticket for each drawing.  It allows me to gamble with the lowest level of commitment – so I don’t completely foreclose the possibility that lightning might strike, but I keep it in perspective.

I know that despite the odds someone will eventually win that obscenely huge jackpot – hopefully someone who really needs it and uses it well.  I know that with a single ticket winning is possible – I get it.  But as I said, I already have made my commitment to my lottery folly in my Powerball subscription.  I recognize that I am one-in-a-million, but when the odds become one in 176 million I know when to hedge my bets with sensibility. 

So I won’t be rolling in millions tomorrow, but if you happen to be the lucky person who has all the right numbers I wish you well and I hope you will remember how many people and organizations you can benefit with even a handful of those millions.

Day nine hundred and ninety-eight of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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