Why People Play the Lottery

It is almost assured that every time you purchase a lottery ticket you are going to lose. The odds are overwhelmingly stacked against you and we all know the big winner in gambling is the “house” or in this instance the state education system. Well, let’s at least hope the state is properly allocating the funds to the education system! Many people scoff at coughing up the spare dollar to try their luck because they just as soon spend that extra dollar somewhere else, ironically on some other “vice” such as extra calories, tobacco products, or that daily espresso. Or they internally calculate that the one dollar per week adds up to $52 over a year which is too much to bear. These are all lottery dream killer thoughts.Why I play the lottery.

The most important aspect of spending the dollar or two every weekend on the big jackpot is simple. I am purchasing the “dream”. What exactly is the dream? The dream starts with the fascination of checking the lottery ticket on a Saturday or Sunday morning to realize that my numbers actually won. The dream is enhanced by knowing that I can fire my boss and choose my own employment at my own terms. The dream then becomes enhanced by sharing this new found wealth with family and friends that may need the money even more than me. The dream involves having more time to dedicate to family, hobbies, and charities. By dreaming, I am not referring to …