Like so many others, I purchased the winning ticket at a neighboring 7-11, and by 8 o’clock it was burning a hole in my hand and in my subconscious. I had spent, donated, paid all my bills and the bills of select family and friends a hundred times over. I’d established college funds and trusts for my kids and all my nieces and nephews.
Plus, I had millions left over.
It was a good day.
By 9pm I had investments coming out of my ears and I could finally appreciate the phrase, “It takes money to make money.” I was truly the luckiest person on the planet. After winning $580 million dollars, why wouldn’t I be. Around 9:45pm I decided I would lay low for awhile. I wouldn’t claim my winnings right away. I would make the media sweat it out. I’d make them wonder just who the newest Power Ball Millionaire was and why was he (or Me) being so elusive.
Around 9:55pm my mind began to wander. I started to think of all the things I had a better chance of having happen to me…
Becoming an astronaut: 13,200,000 to 1. I never had any desire, so I’m good.
Becoming president: 10,000,000 to 1. Are you kidding me?
Spotting a UFO: 3,000,000 to 1. Very interesting.
Winning an Olympic medal: 662,000 to 1. Don’t I have to first become an Olympian?
Bowling a 300 a game: 11,500 to 1. This will definitely not effect my luck; I don’t bowl.
Finding a four-leaf clover: 10,000 to 1. Even greater for me, I stopped looking a long time ago.
Having my identity stolen: 200 to 1. Note to self – Remember to shred – shred pile.
Being killed in a transportation accident: 77 to 1. Morbid to think about, so let’s not.
Getting hemorrhoids: 25 to 1. TMI
Getting away with murder: 2 to 1. Good to know… I’m just sayin’…
I didn’t want to go there, but I did. I thought of the odds. The odds of me having the winning Power Ball ticket: 175,000,000 to 1 and then, just like that, it was over
5-23-16-22-29 (6). Nothing.
There are only a few things in life in which you have worse odds in winning (or losing for that matter):
Dying from a shark attack: 300,000,000 to 1
Being killed on a 5-mile bus trip: 500,000,000 to 1
A meteor landing on your house: 182,138,880,000,000 to 1
Hmm…for $580 million dollars 175 million to one isn’t that bad after all.
I’m Just Sayin’…(Damn!)