Depressions and Recessions can sure make people do silly things. I don't know if there's any stats about it, but it's not hard to imagine a few more people huddled around the slots or the craps tables at Foxwoods, Atlantic City, or Las Vegas...hoping against hope for that big payoff.
Or maybe there's been a little uptick in the government supported gambling that most of us call 'the lottery'. I don't know if it's good or bad, but we have a local candidate for governor (Tim Cahill, I-MA) that's running primarily on his record in running "the best managed and most profitable state lottery
in the country.
But is it a good idea to hope for that one big payoff?
I know what I'd do. To quote a phrase, "I've got a lot of old debts I've got to pay off with this stuff." (Yes, bonus points. Be specific.) We could use some new cars, a house would be nice, and with a big enough payoff we could travel again and maybe I could even go to flight school.
But that's all an untoward fantasy, methinks. Just pulling something out of my arse, have you noticed that no Powerball winner has come from east of the Mississippi river? What's up with that?
Of course, the whole game is rigged. More than a decade ago, one of my friends was able to cobble together $500 and he bought an unopened book of scratch tickets from his uncle, who happened to be a lottery agent. After spending the afternoon scratching away...he didn't even break even.
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