It’s over $370 million now.
As a former consultant to a state lottery, I can assure you that the “happy endings” among lottery winners is rare — maybe 20% or less. Big money is a big headache — and it doesn’t usually have a positive impact on the lives of most winners. That being said — I bought a ticket.
I’d take the woe 🙂
Sir Galahad: Look, let me … face the peril.
Sir Lancelot: No, it’s too perilous.
Sir Galahad: Look, it’s my duty as a knight to sample as much peril as I can.
Sir Lancelot: No, we’ve got to find the Holy Grail. Come on.
Sir Galahad: Oh, let me have just a little bit of peril?
Sir Lancelot: No. It’s unhealthy.
Darn it! Well….in order to have a good chance of winning, I would have had to travel to some city or town out in the boonies to buy a random ticket…it’s always someone who lives in the smllest, most far-out place that wins on a Quick Pick.
Of course, Macon WOULD qualify… 😉
Don’t you need electricity to be able to sell lotto tickets? I believe that rules out Macon.
As someone who currently resides in Macon, electricity and indoor plumbing are a passing fad!
Anyway, ARBY, it’s not the money that is the problem, it is the people who play the lottery. Playing the lottery is not exactly a good investment, and is not a replacement for retirement planning.
Give someone with that relationship to money a large fortune, and they will be broke in short order, and probably in legal trouble.
What is the adage? “It is better to dream about being rich than to actually be rich”?
You have to look on the bright side, every time you play, whether you win or lose, you are giving money to somebody’s education.
TM2000, if that is anyone’s motivation for playing the lottery, they should be giving the money directly to a scholarship fund instead.
It is disgraceful for the state to hold a lottery that pays back only about 50% of its collected revenue to players and markets itself to the uneducated and poor, while it makes casinos, which pay back around 95%, illegal.
Rugby, I think that adage has to do with dating certain types of women, doesn’t it? 🙂
(Note to Spacey: KIDDING!)
The Georgia Lottery – Isn’t that the voluntary tax of Georgia?
The lottery is a great way to tax the poor! 🙂
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