Do you play the lottery? Why? I don’t, and it’s based on my two main memories of the lottery…
- Virginia set up a scratch-off system when I was about 9 or 10 years old (I think). My dad bought me a ticket with $1 of my allowance. I won $3, and bought 3 more lottery tickets. I lost. It hit me – this is just a way to get you to throw away money on false hope. Well, I probably didn’t think of it exactly that way. But it was pretty close. I haven’t bothered with the lottery since.
- A family comic strip called "Hi and Lois". Their oldest plays the lottery and says, "Dad, this is going to change my finances!" "It already has," his dad says. "You’re down $1."
And that brings us to this great post: The Art of Nonconformity � Giving Up the Lottery Fantasy.
"I am now anti-lottery for reasons that have nothing to do with moral qualms. My reasons are even more personal: I am thrilled with the life I am building. I do not want the state of Washington, or any other government entity, to give me my ticket to happiness. I want to earn it"
Indeed, why play the lottery? Why bother? You can save minuscule amounts per week, and still come out farther ahead than you ever will by plunking down dollar and after on lottery tickets.
Oh wait. Unless you hit it big.
But here’s the short and simple: You won’t.
Save your money instead.