So my friend won the lottery the other day... Nothing too major, just half a million... lol. Looks pretty major to me. But it got me thinking..
How many of you guys have ever been fortunate enough to win the lottery? I had a bit of an addiction to scratch cards a few years back... I won forty dollars on my first card and was hooked. I ended up dropping the addiction before it got too out of hand. I basically realized it was a fool's game to play, and even if you do win, it would be a fool's win (try telling that to someone who got $90 million with the cash option xD).
It's kind of messed up that they play on people's hope the way they do. Sure you can argue there is free-will and no one is forcing them to play.. but some of the people who play the lottery are financially devastated and it's sad to me that they will throw their hope at near impossible odds.
The idea is kind of amusing, but in practice it's pathetic. If you win any substantial sum, you could easily be set for life.. and your family could be set for life. It's pathetic how people win big and lose even bigger. I mean, am I wrong to think investing and smart spending would be a bad idea in the case of a win? I've always stuck to practicality, and I can't see a win do anything but grow. I understand family and friends come knocking, wanting help with this or that, but still... how many cases have we had now that people win big and just lose it all?
Now don't get me wrong.. if I were ever to win, surely I'd indulge in a nice bottle of champagne, some fine caviar, maybe even a sandwich (like the really good and expensive ones from New York), but there is no possible way I'd let that kind of money just pour away into nothing. I would still wear cheap clothes, have an old car, live in a small house...
So tell me guys. Have any of you ever won any decent amount from the lottery? If you did, how did you spend it? What are your thoughts on the lottery in general?And as always, thank you for reading! ^_^