Thrust into little nooks and crannies, piling out of my wallet, and inside my “unmentionables” drawer you will find small, pink, folded up pieces of paper. There are barcodes on the bottom of them with lots of numbers and dates sprayed across the front of each one. In bold print at the top of the papers you will find the words POWERBALL with little circles around each letter.
I know the odds aren’t that great that we’ll actually win millions of dollars in a twice-weekly drawing. I also know that you can’t win if you don’t play.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t drive to the local convenience store just to buy scratch-off tickets, and Lotto tickets. However, if I need to make a stop for gasoline, or a gallon of milk, then I may buy one POWERBALL ticket. I always do the quick pick. I don’t have a system down, nor do I use my family member’s birthdays. I don’t do the multiplier option on it. See, I’m not a greedy man. I would be totally fine winning just $100.00. Of course, the fact that the POWERBALL winner makes a minimum of $20 million (before taxes), is the reason I choose to play that one particular game.
I do not go to the casinos, I do not bet on horses, and I don’t bet on March Madness. I do, however, play POWERBALL on a fairly regular basis. After all, it’s only $1.00 to play.
Last night I pulled a handful of these little pink tickets out of my wallet and unfolded them. I pulled them off my desk, and out of my drawer. I sat the laptop on my lap, typed in powerball.com in the address bar, and clicked on “winning numbers.”
We didn’t win the POWERBALL. Again.