Three people will share the 656 million-dollar Mega Millions jackpot … one of them in Kansas.
The odds of winning were 1 in 176 million. Americans spent nearly one-and-a-half billion dollars on Mega Millions tickets. That’s the equivalent of nearly 5 dollars for every man, woman, and child in the U-S-A. They spent more than $429 million Friday alone.
It is rare that I gamble on anything, but I bought a Mega Millions ticket; just one. I reasoned that spending a buck for a shot at a half billion is a reasonable thing to do. It may not be logical. I guess you could say I’ve been a pretty “lucky” guy all my life … but not when it comes to gambling or the stock market. I knew I wouldn’t win.
Receiving large sums of money without working for it is fascinating to most people. But unless you’re born into a wealthy family, chances are pretty good you’ll have to work for every dime.
Still … we can buy a dream for one dollar.
Our thought for today is from George Bernard Shaw:
“Gambling promises the poor what property performs for the rich … something for nothing.”