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Lottery Mania

By Grace Peterson @GracePeterson3
Ah yes, the rush to get rich, quick. Well, not too quick because the rush isn't really a rush at all. It's wait-in-line-with-five-hundred-other-hopefulls. If you're an extrovert, you can chat it up with fellow waiters. If you're an introvert or haven't had enough coffee, you may be more introspective, wondering why you're even bothering as the odds of winning dampen your dreams. But then you think, I can't win if I don't play. So you step closer to the front of the line and check your phone and think of all the other things you should be doing. 
I just made all that up. I'm not really sure how it all pans out because in my fifty-five years on this planet, I've never played the lottery. Not even a scratch-and-win. Lottery ManiaBack in my church-going days, my reasoning was simple--it's a sin to gamble. Not exactly "reasoning" but I was busy with other things and didn't really care. 
Now that I'm older and doing a lot more free thinking, I'm wondering if the lottery might be a fun "hobby." If I budget my dollars, do some research and keep track of everything, like I do my other hobbies, maybe, someday, I'll actually come out a winner. 
I don't want to win the Powerball jackpot. I don't want the headache that managing a billion dollars would cause. I mean we can see how cranky billionaires are be by looking at the republican party. I think I'd rather chew glass than have to hire a slew of lawyers and accountants to deal with my instant wealth. 
But on the other hand, wouldn't it be fun to withdraw say, a thousand dollars in fifties and hand them out, one by one, to people on the street, just because you can? Write a big fat check to my local Humane Society or homeless shelter? I would love that. And I admit it would be cool to go on a shopping spree without thought of how much things cost.
Maybe there is a middle ground. Maybe I can be sensible about it all and figure out a strategy and have fun. What are your thoughts? Do you bother with the lottery? 
Lottery Mania

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