For Pete’s Take: Millionaire For a Day
We’re all a millionaire for a day or rather, a multi-millionaire for a day when those lottery mega jackpots grow the size of the GDP of many third world countries. We buy a ticket even though there is a better chance of say; becoming President.
It’s that fantasy, becoming a millionaire, albeit short lived and unrealistic, that drives people to buy a ticket. No one is telling the truth if they purchase a ticket thinking they are actually going to win. You can’t blame them for their negative outlook. All you hear from the talking heads is just how mathematically improbable it is to choose those winning six numbers. Imagine a row of pennies laid end to end from Chicago to the Pacific Ocean. On the backside of one of those pennies is a black X. All you have to do is get in your car, follow that trail of pennies and somewhere between Chicago and the Pacific, stop and flip over that one penny with the black X. Is that Hail to the Chief I hear?
Then there’s the group of people who are finally driven to buy a ticket because the pot just grew to over a half million dollars. Lord knows they couldn’t have used a hundred million? Talk about someone with expensive taste. This is probably the same fellow who says he would still “work” if he won the whole shooting match.
The only way lottery winners still work is if they’ve blown through their jackpot. Who in their right mind would continue to work? Do the math. The most recent winner of the Powerball Jacket took the lump sum payment of $192 million. If he’s 40 years old and lives to a 100 years old, he earns the equivalent of just under $9,000, each and every day, for his remaining 60 years on earth.
Some folks dream of tropical islands. This guy can actually buy one.
But there are 60 people around the United States who are both happy and more than likely really, really, ticked off. These folks bought lottery tickets like the two big winners, but unlike those two, they missed the jackpot by one number. One lousy number. Each of these 60 people won a measly million dollars. Imagine, someone hands you a check for a million dollars and you have to fake a smile.
Pete Ruffing is the Vision Engagement Officer at M3 Group in downtown Lansing. He and his wife of 14 years Brenda live in Okemos.
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Pete Ruffing is the Sales Director at M3 Group in downtown Lansing. He and his wife of 14 years Brenda live in Okemos.