Winning the Lottery! Part I

Happy Friday/Saturday Everyone!

So, I thought I’d begin with this new topic in mind. It’s something my wife and I are dealing with now.

I think most people dream big when it comes to winning the lottery. As far as I can tell, every single time we see the news that the jackpot has reached 900 million dollars I see news feeds with hoards of people flocking to their local lottery dealer to acquire tickets for their chance to win the jackpot!

At work, even in the sciences, people believe that somehow they will bypass the subatomic possibility that they will win. I fail to understand this crazyness. The probability of winning the lottery is as follows:

Mega Millions Jackpot odds of winning: 1 in 302 million

Powerball Jackpot odds of winning: 1:292 million

Odds of winning both: 1 in 88 quadrillion. Let’s put this into context!

1 million  = 1 followed by six zeros = 1 000 000

1 billion = 1 000 000 000

1 trillion = 1 000 000 000 000

1 light year = 6 000 000 000 000 miles (this is the distance light travels in 1 year at 670 000 000 miles/hour)

1 quadrillion = 1 000 000 000 000 000

I hear the phrase if you don’t play you can’t win. I will bet every time that most people won’t win. If you spend 1 dollar every day that is $365 dollars a year. Think of what you could do with those funds!

If you spend $5 dollars a day this is $1825!

Anyway, I’m digressing. I think most people do it for entertainment and commaraderie. I see and understand that. But, it’s still a total waste of hard earned dollars.

This gets me thinking about the value we place on money. What is money? Do we ever even see it? With the advent of on-line banking and electronic funds transfers, money has become something intangible. We see balances, but we don’t really see cold hard cash. To me, at least, it seems that the purpose is to bombard consumers with products: on-line, on t.v, on the radio, on your phone, on the internet. Ads for products are everywhere. You almost never hear: SAVE YOUR MONEY. YOU MAY NEED IT LATER! Kind of like, “this is your brain. This is your brain on drugs. Any questions”?

It’s difficult to make. But it’s very easy to spend. Bills, food, necessities, and did I say toys and diapers? Wow.

You could invest $1800 dollars. It requires some work, but it is possible to make gains on money like this. There are many types of investments that can be made.

Why I am I talking about this? Well, this will become clear in my next post. But I’ll hint that it involves children!

That’s it for now. Thank you for reading. Let me know your thoughts!

Until next time. Same bat time. Same bat channel! Live long and prosper!

-The Husband


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