I'm not much of a gambler by nature. I've never been able to understand it logically. I don't buy raffle tickets. I don't do those "silent auction" things. Maybe as a math teacher I just can't justify spending money on something that has such bad odds. Whatever it is, I don't like to spend money just to get nothing in
I do it about 3 or 4 times a year. I figure if I'm willing to spend $1.75 on a cup of coffee once a week that gives me nothing in return except for a trip to the bathroom an hour later, I might as well waste $1 on a lottery ticket a few times a year. Worst case scenario I can always use it for toilet paper when I have to go to the bathroom as a result of the coffee I drank. So yesterday morning was one of those dollar wasting days. I bought a Maine State Lottery Mega Millions ticket.
It wasn't a winner.
Now of course anyone is free to spend his/her money any way he/she sees fit. However a lot of the people who buy lottery tickets are senior citizens who are part of a segment of the population that tries to convince me that they have life so tough because they live on a "fixed income" or "limited income". (As an aside, I consider that one of the most absurd things I've ever heard. For the record my income is "limited" too.) I've also seen single moms buying lottery tickets, cigarettes and alcohol. As a college teacher I met a lot of young single moms. And while I can't speak for all single moms, I know for a fact that many of the ones I met qualified for a great deal of government aid and free education. Where are they getting the money for lottery tickets, cigarettes and alcohol?
I could go on and on. But I'll stop because otherwise I'll just get rude.
So next time I need clothes, or my husband or my kids need clothes, I'll make my way over to the Salvation Army thrift store.
I wonder if I'll run into any senior citizens or single moms? Or will they all be at the mall? And then when they're done shopping at Macy's, I wonder if they will they stop off at the convenience store on the way home to buy their lottery tickets, cigarettes and alcohol?