Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Do You REALLY Want To Win?

Powerball fever has gripped the nation. Folks are traveling out of their home states to buy tickets, they are standing in long lines for hours, and they are dreaming about all the things they will buy if they win a jackpot that currently stands at $1.5 billion.

I can't even wrap my head around that amount - $1.5 billion. It is an obscene amount of money, and it seems to me that with that much money will come a corresponding amount of trouble. There would be people from your past coming out of the woodwork wanting money from you for a zillion different reasons, unscrupulous folks trying to entice you to "invest" in their schemes...a myriad of unsavory souls wanting a portion of your "brass ring."

And then there's the "lottery curse." So many big winners wind up penniless and totally messed up following their big win. Instead of making their lives better, it seems to lead to making their lives worse.

Nope, not a path I would want to travel. That being said, however, if I did buy a ticket (which I won't) and I did win, I would give the vast majority of the money to Planned Parenthood, so they could continue their important and necessary work without the hinderance of the federal government and the misogynistic politicians who seem to want to control ALL aspects of a woman's life (this is a topic for another blog post at another time, though).....

Think long and hard about whether or not your life would be enhanced by a big win before you plunk down that $2 for a ticket, little you REALLY want to win?