In the last couple of days....I've awaken to realize that the PowerBall Lotto deal has gone from a buck a chance....to two bucks a chance. I stood there in front of the Latino lady at the Pentagon in a state of shock.
Now, I admit....I am from Bama....from a dry county....and heavily influenced by the Baptist Church folks. At some point, I drifted over to the dark side, and got into paying lotto on occasion (typically when it's more than $40 million.....$5 million just ain't enough to get excited about). So I throw in about $300 a year on lotto. Winnings? Well....sadly, I've never won more than $12 off a ticket. Maybe in a year....I might win $50.
So I got all curious....why double up the cost of one ticket? Well....these PowerBall guys got smart. They did a few changes and now say that they will likely have a $200 million winning situation monthly....which drives tons of folks to toss $40 a week into PowerBall. In the old days....you had a $200 million chance maybe twice a year.
This is kinda like an addiction. Guys stand around during these weeks when the PowerBall winnings were around $200-$300 million, and talking how they'd buy this and that. We probably waste four hours every week....talking to our co-workers, wives, husbands, strangers on the street, and ministers....over this possible winning situation. So to double up on this....it means a constant fantasy situation where guys talk almost daily throughout a month...over what may or may not occur.
This may not be a good thing.
It was already bad enough that we talked constantly about NCAA football or basketball, or American politics....but now a continual talk over how you'd live the life of a wealthy millionaire? I've got a bad feeling over this.