The lottery has to be one of the greatest schemes ever put into action. The government collects citizens money and then gives it back to one individual, after taxing the already taxed money of course. All the money making plots aside, I love the concept of the lottery. The thrill of becoming a multi-millionaire overnight captivates the imaginations of millions of Americans every single year. While I acknowledge the mega millions is a scam, how could I not throw a few bucks on it when the jackpot cracks 300 million? The good news is the mega millions has just hit a half a billion dollar jackpot. The bad news is I am now obligated to play.
Across the nation households will all start having the same conversations. What would your first purchase be? How much do friends and family get? Do you give them a one time up-front amount or do you become a personal ATM machine? First vacation? Where are you buying houses? What cars are you buying? The conversation is useless, but you can’t help but recite the questions each time the mega millions becomes relevant.
I personally would do the upfront, one time cash gift to my friends and family, purchase compounds on both coasts, and travel the world like only the filthy rich can. The truth is with $377 million dollar after taxes, money would never be an issue again. I know people always say this, but I doubt I could ever spend that much. I’m not like Nic Cage, I’m not going to purchase a T-Rex skull to place in my 600 year old European castle just in hopes of going bankrupt.
One American's entire lineage is about to change forever, and I will be $20 in the hole. I’m aware of the odds, but at this point it’s more about the conversation than the thought of actually winning. The craziest thing about this jackpot is if you win you won't even be in the top 10,000 richest people on Earth. A quick Google search will reveal there are 2,825 billionaires in the world, and one must assume there are thousands more who are worth between 400 million and 999 million.
Despite the enormous odds stacked against us, it's fun to dream, and that's what I will be doing as those ping pong balls fall into place tomorrow night. If I don’t win, I hope someone deserving does. If you don’t win, you can always gamble to attempt to break even!
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