I’ve (not) got a golden ticket

I didn’t match a single number in the Mega Millions drawing Tuesday night.

That’s got to be worth something, right?

Apparently, not.

It’s a shame for the charitable foundation I had intended to set up and through which I’d modestly planned to eradicate cancer and global poverty.

It’s also a bummer for my children. Oh, I didn’t want to gift them large sums of money. They can earn that on their own. But, I did plan to set up generous travel accounts for them so they could fly home at (my) will. That would have been nice.

And I’m sure my house is nursing some disappointment. I’d promised it new windows, a kitchen remodel and relief from its old, knocking radiators.

My cute little 2004 Bug would have enjoyed having an operational air conditioning system once again, and my small but earnest little yard would have really appreciated the year-round gardener I had intended to hire.

I didn’t want my billionaire status to change my life, just to make it slightly more comfortable.

So, I’m down $10 and some relatively modest dreams.

But, I still have some Mega Millions hope alive.

I hope the single winning ticket belongs to a group of hard-working, down on their luck friends who, having all touched and triple-checked the winning ticket, are high-fiving each other right now with unfettered glee.

I hope they are meeting with a meticulous team of honorable legal and financial advisors, taking notes and listening to what they have to say.

I hope, by some miracle of media savvy, they are able to maintain their anonymity.

I hope this money rocks their world in the very best way and makes them and all their loved ones happier and healthier than they’ve ever been.

I also hope all the publicity these giant jackpots generate doesn’t entice people to buy more tickets than they can afford.

But, for me, I really enjoy my very occasional lottery ticket purchases and the sweet dreams they inspire. I’m a sucker for stories like this,  about an 87-year old man who broke his hip, won a share of the lottery and said, “I appreciate very much, and God bless you, and have a happy, happy long life.”

So, tomorrow, I’m going to gather my coins and buy a couple of Power Ball tickets.

Anybody want in?

I didn’t match a single number. Am I playing this right?


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