Apr 4th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Seniors Playing the Lottery

If no one comes forward, will my lottery tickets have any more value than they do now?  The rainbow clearly ended at another’s door.  It may even be that three persons hold the treasure in their hands and have not yet come forward.  Or, having bought tickets, they just haven’t got around to checking them over.  Can you imagine?

All other issues nothwithstanding, it is clear that I didn’t win and, if history is any indicator, I won’t.  Some years ago I bought a handful of tickets with some regularity.  Never winning, except a dollar or two here and there, I finally convinced myself that the odds really were against me.  One of our relatives called suggesting we share in buying some tickets this time around.  You know, “If you don’t play, you can’t win” strategy.  We played.  We still didn’t win.  None of the states where the alleged winner(s) is/are supposed to live even is close to us.  The rainbow did not show its true colors anywhere near us.

The Lottery: Sport or Desperation?

The notion of buying lottery tickets is an interesting one, and historically speaking, a recent one.  For some, it is simply sport.  They buy tickets because they have an extra dollar or two and happen to walk by the counter where tickets are sold.  They don’t really expect to win, but would certainly accept the gift if offered.  For others, there can be something akin to a sense of desperation; finances are stretched as tightly as possible, and a windfall from the lottery would solve all kind of problems.  They participate in the lottery hoping and praying with every purchase.  They are the folk who can least afford the gamble.  There are a lot of seniors in that situation because their resources are so limited.

So here we go again.  As another weekend comes up, do we play or not?  Today there is a sign of rain.  By Friday, it will likely turn clear here again, and the lottery-rainbow will end at another’s door.

Think maybe one might move the rainbow to a more productive activity.

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