The horror stories from the winners - involving mob hits, cyanide poisoning, bankruptcy, divorce - made it seem like a public service to steal the tickets from everyone buying one.
It is highly likely that someone will win the big lottery drawing you have so hopefully entered. That seems clear enough, but here is what gets missed: The certainty of something happening doesn't increase the chances that it will happen to you.
As for lotteries being used to fund education... the Lottery generates millions of dollars and many elementary schools can't afford crayons. Something doesn't add up.
Expressions like "sounds like a plan," "I can't complain" and "being on the same page" are the stuff of which small talk conventions are made of. But ...
It can be argued that Abraham Shakespeare, David Edwards and Amanda Clayton had little in common besides winning the lottery. Along with diverse geographic differences, they were very different people with very different problems. And they are all dead. Long before their average life expectancy.
Flowers are healthy, they don't make false promises and they deliver nourishment to your soul. For the price of a fancy coffee drink, they will watch over you all week and remind you that no matter what your bank account says, you are rich.
One of the best ways to feel in control of the money rather than be controlled by the money is to get very clear on how much you have, where it is, how much income it will produce, and to develop a strategy for responding to loan requests from friends and family.
The latest lottery winner overcame a 171 million-to-one shot to win the Powerball. He is going to need the same kind of luck to hang on to the money and keep it from destroying his life.
Winning the lottery is a unique sudden wealth event that requires several immediate decisions. Here are six things you should do before you claim your lottery prize.
Winning the lottery has not always been the ticket to paradise. But if people use the money wisely, for a purpose, and with financial security being their number one priority, it might allow them to get closer to that elusive dream of happiness.
Then there's this. Would you really want to win the lottery (yes), but what about that long list of winners who end up losing everything -- their happiness, family, even their lives -- because of their lucky lottery ticket?
Your chance of winning the lottery on a single ticket is one in 175 million. That seems tiny, and it is. In fact, it's so small that it is difficult for us to grasp. Understanding how small this number is provides the key to understanding how likely -- or unlikely -- it is you will become the next big winner of the Powerball jackpot.
As a nice Italian boy, as well as a former runner-up in the Newman's Own & Good Housekeeping Recipe Contest for a dish I called Zezima's Zesty Ziti Zinger, I have many remembrances of things pasta.
At the urging of my wife, Sue, who got into the 21st century when it actually started, I exchanged my dumbphone for a smartphone. And it cost me only 99 cents.
I snapped a photo and spent 15 minutes moving the numbers on the Powerball ticket to look like winning numbers. Eighteen hours after posting, it was up to 400,000 shares. There aren't many good things that can come from a hoax, but hopefully I can turn this one into a positive.
Taking money over time is a tenet of my faith. I believe in God, the Cincinnati Reds and not taking money in a lump sum.