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I Almost Won the Power Ball Jackpot

By Brisdon @shutuprun

I want you to know I almost won the $500,000,000 Power Ball. I had 2 of the 6 numbers right. Oh, so close.


I asked the woman who I bought my ticket from to make sure it was a winner. Bitch. I think she didn’t give me a winning ticket because of that time I farted in her store. True story. Read it here.

The thing I love about playing the lottery, which is something I rarely do, is that it allows me to fantasize. I spent more time than I care to admit yesterday thinking about what I would do if I won. I heard one time that fantasizing in this way enables you to get in touch with what is really important to you.

If that is the case, then what is most important to me is  putting a gigantic new back porch on my existing house that would afford me a sweeping view of the Rocky Mountains, paying for college for my kids, their friends, my friends’ kids and my nieces and nephews, doing one marathon each year in a new country, having a second home where I could fall asleep to the sound of waves crashing, drinking La Crema chardonnay every night and spreading the love around to various charities.

I also wouldn’t mind buying this old, closed down gas station/convenience store (about 2.6 miles from my house – I know that because I know the mileage of every running route around here) and turning it into a kick ass coffee shop/snack store. It would be chock full of Stinger Waffles, chews, home made scones, breakfast burritos, sports drinks and rich, dark fresh brewed coffee with real half and half.  Maybe I would sell wine and beer too. Just for the hell of it.

I might even start a running radio show from this gas station where people could call in for running advice and tell their running stories.

I Almost Won the Power Ball Jackpot

This gas station used to be a stop for runners and cyclists on their way to the back roads of Boulder County. In fact, it is where they had a bathroom tip jar to help offset the costs of toilet paper and Lysol (and many visits from the plumber – damn runners and their pooping). I wrote a post about that tip jar way back when I first started running (2010). That bathroom saved me a bazillion times when I couldn’t make it the 2.6 miles home without soiling myself.

Dreaming is fun.

Finish this sentence…If I won the Power Ball, I would ______________.



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