Friday, March 30, 2012

Will You be the Lucky One?

Tonight is the Mega Million Lottery drawing. Not just any Mega Millions drawing either. It is the most Mega of all Mega Millions in history! The record-smashing $640 million jackpot will be played by just about everyone in the country, including a handful of our neighbors in the Great White North who traveled to upstate New York to play. Lottery officials have estimated that more than $1.46 billion will have been spent on ticket purchases by tonight's drawing.

Of course, though someone may in fact win--maybe even a pool of co-workers, the odds are stacked against us. Currently, there is a 1 in 176,000,000 chance of winning. To put that into perspective: there are 313,269,000 people in the United States as of today. More than half the nation's population is competing against you to win. But on a brighter note, you have a 1-in-88,000 chance of dating a supermodel, a 1-in-20,000,000 chance of being canonized, 1-in-13,200,000 chance at becoming an astronaut and 1-in-10,000,000 chance of becoming president. For once, the odds are in my favor of becoming an astronaut after purchasing my lottery ticket. Then again, if I hit the jackpot I'll commission Richard Branson to build me a private Virgin Galactic space craft with that cool mood lighting they have on Virgin America planes. I can I'm sure most of the nation is daydreaming about what they would do if they hit the Mega Millions. But alas, only one or a few--maybe even a large group of people-- will win and that elite group will most likely not include me or anyone else reading this. That doesn't mean that I'm going to feel defeated. Whether I or anyone I know who likes me enough to cut me a check for a substantial amount should they win the Mega Millions doesn't in fact win, I (we) still have plenty to celebrate this weekend. Besides, isn't the lottery, like, cursed or something?

Then again, if any of you do win some money and want to buy me a gift, I would like a brand new GOgroove BoomBUDDY High-Fidelity 2.1 Stereo Speaker with a 4 inch Subwoofer, a GOgroove BlueGate Wireless Bluetooth Audio Adapter & Receiver and a GOgroove SolaceAIR Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headset so my BoomBUDDY and I can go sit and wallow somewhere far away while he blasts beautiful music into my ears so at least I don't hear my own cries of $640 million lost.

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