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The Christmas Day Mega Millions Lotto

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    I read in USA Today where the latest lotto with a Christmas day drawing is worth $321 million. The odds of winning are 1 in 302,575,350. Like all of these lottos, the higher the reward the more people go out and buy tickets, and not just one ticket but lots of tickets. This one being on Christmas Day has especially attracted more people hoping for the ultimate Christmas present.

    I suppose buying a single lotto ticket can be fun, but some people who cannot afford it buy 10 tickets to reduce their odds of winning to 1 in 30, 257, 350. Some buy 100 tickets -- that reduces the odds to 1 in 3,025,735. Wow. I guess their kids will have to go hungry for the chance to become a millionaire.

    I do not buy lotto tickets and I expect most rich people don't either. It's the poor people who largely buy tickets especially when the jackpot rises.

    Psychology of Poverty: Why Poor People Buy Lottery Tickets

    "The hope of getting out of poverty" is what prompts so many poor people to participate. All it does is exasperate their poverty, especially if they are regular participants buying multiple tickets to improve their chances.

    Nevertheless, it is their freedom of choice. It's a bad choice though.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Kenosha, WI
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    I had a friend years ago who, after receiving his pay, would go out and get drunk at the local watering hole, and buy scratch off tickets, we'd get paid on Fridays, and he'd be broke by Tuesday. He didn't pay rent because he shacked up with some woman that was a drunk too. He died a few years ago in Phoenix, the obit didn't say how he died, but my spouse and I surmised he drank and drugged himself to a grave. He was in his late 50's, such a shame.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    We have a gambling town near Colorado Springs called Cripple Creek. It's an old historic mining town that was revitalized into a gambling town. The Colorado legislature authorized three former mining towns with that distinction several years ago.

    We have a shuttle bus called the Ramblin' Express that goes back and forth between Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek. I have observed it on several occasions -- it is full of seniors, some in wheel chairs. I suppose they have little excitement in their lives so they come to Cripple Creek to spend their pension checks.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Kenosha, WI
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    Hopefully the seniors know their limitations on how much they're willing to spend on gambling. My spouse will buy one, and only one megamillions ticket, we're not too crazy about lotteries, we'd probably be struck by lightening before we ever hit a big jackpot.
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    Anyone considering buying a ticket must understand it's not logical and losing is most likely. Two bucks. Buy bread instead if you don't have extra funds. If 2.00 is not needed, you could be financially fortunate. Hoping whomever wins is charitable and generous. Money doesn't solve problems but it could give you more choices. More choices or options is a luxury.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    If we won $321M, my spouse and me would donate:

    $500,000.00 to safeharborhumanesociety.org/

    $1M to stjude.org/get-involved/other-ways/st-j...

    And a nice place near a national forest for a doggie ranch to accept and take care of dogs who are-were abandoned or abused. I have a soft spot for dogs. We'd live on the premises, nothing fancy or ornate, no Ferrari's sitting in a tiled garage or anything ornate.

    Bread? Two bucks? nah, not even, 5 loaves of Roundy's bread (frozen) in a package for around $2.00.

    I also have a soft spot for children battling cancer.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    That's a commendable list to donate one's lotto winnings to. And dogs need that care. So many are abused by their owners. It's interesting that most recent presidents, except one, all owned dogs. Here's the list:

    List of US Presidents and their dogs.

    They say a dog is a mans best friend, and I agree. I wonder if no dog wanted Trump as a friend. Crying They would probably run away from home to a dog shelter.

  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    When my kids were still home I had an whole zoo; an dog, rabbit, birds, pheasant, duck you name it. Later on after the kids left home I had two cats and an gorgeous cockatiel, who always sat on my shoulder and acted like any child. He was the boss in the house and rode on top of the cats. I guess our President only loves himself and his money.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    The jackpot got even bigger as no winning ticket came up.

    I too believe if trump had a dog, it would run away to find a better home. He doesn't know how to treat people, let alone an animal. Dutch reminded us of trump's kids going out and shooting endangered animals, kind of obvious they don't care about wildlife preservation.

  • Independent
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    Dockadams Wrote:

    The jackpot got even bigger as no winning ticket came up.

    I too believe if trump had a dog, it would run away to find a better home. He doesn't know how to treat people, let alone an animal. Dutch reminded us of trump's kids going out and shooting endangered animals, kind of obvious they don't care about wildlife preservation.

    If he had a dog he probably used it to release his anger on the poor animal; he throws T.V."s out of the window, so when he's got an tantrum then everything around him has to suffer. His sweetheart kids are not any better and love to shoot anything what lives.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    I really believe trump is a heartless bastard which was evident after he had cbp and ice separate kids from their mom's and dad's. He'd probably kick a dog and throw it outside in the cold.

    After our last dog passed away, he couldn't be saved, which I blame myself for, he had complications from diabetes, too many treats and table scraps, a big no no. Our newly adopted canine, part German Shepherd and something else adopted from Safe Harbor, she had 3 accidents in the house, not her fault, we left her briefly to run to the store. We came home and found her messes, all I had to do was look at her, and talk to her, and she caught on quickly, now gives pokes to let us know she has to go out to potty. The first day we had her, I fixed a nice soft bed for her in the corner of our bedroom, when it came time to go to bed, she lied down on her bed, after we were under the covers. She got up and looked at us lying on the bed, and I coaxed her to come up, she didn't at first probably because her previous family wouldn't allow her on furniture. Now every night, she sleeps next to my legs. Sometimes in her deep sleep, she cries and whimpers, and I'll put my hand on her and give her pets to reassure her that everything's okay, she'll wake up and give my hand a lick and then go back to sleep. When we were looking at canine's to adopt, there were probably 20 to choose from, and she wasn't the lucky one, we were. She's the perfect fit. She's not alone anymore, and neither am I, she's a great companion.

  • Center Left
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    Great story Dock. A coworker of mine recently got a dog as a rescue from the pound. Dozens of choices but he chose a 12 year old Lab. Said nothing should die at the pound. I appreciated his compassion.

    Nobody won last nights drawing (as usual). Tuesday night it will be more yet. 415 million.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Thanks TJ.

    We once adopted a golden retriever from our St. Francis animal shelter, she had a crooked muzzle and snout which we thought might have happened when she may have had an encounter with a motor vehicle, but we didn't know for sure. That's one thing about adopting, you don't know where the animal came from or what it was like for it in the past. Which is why when people adopt, they need to give the adoptee plenty of time to adapt, and have a open mind. We figure the golden retriever was nearly 7 or 8 years old when we adopted her. Safe Harbor shelter gives the adopter 30 days to return a pet, but you must pay a fee to return.

    Again, we'll buy another ticket for 2 bucks, we're up to 6 bucks now on this run, 15 loaves of freezer bread dough. I think now I'd rather have the bread than the bread. We normally only buy a ticket when it's over $300M. Sometimes we ignore the temptation and will only purchase a WI lottery tick. To win nearly $1/2B would be nice, but we never count our chickens before they hatch.

    Schmidt posted a link to the psychology of poverty, an interesting read. Somehow, my spouse and I have almost always muddled through tough financial times, we've both worked most of our lives. We were once homeless and bouncing around national forests and BLM lands camping here and there, for about a year. We'd ration our food supply to get by on till my next SS check came in. It was a little tough getting by. But we did. Quite a few cold nights out in the high desert of New Mexico. flickr.com/photos/66673048@N06/80034221...

    When things get bad for people, they end up sleeping in their cars or whatever they have available. That doesn't always work out either because cops don't want people sleeping in their cars near public parks or on streets. We were run out of a public park in Nebraska, I told the cop we were passing through, and he told us to go to the nearest rest area or truck stop, and that's what we did. Cops aren't sympathetic to homeless people at all, in our experiences. flickr.com/photos/66673048@N06/80034426...

  • Independent
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    I've never won anything in my life; only at one time an local store had an "art competion" you had to hand in an "drawing" and if you won you got an carton with coloring pencils. I won.

    There is an casino here in southern FL ; I went there a couple of times spent about 10 bucks and stopped; just went there for the fun of it; the music and just being out. They call the Dutch frugal; there is a joke about that. An Dutch and an Belgian fought about an penny; they pulled so hard on it, that they happen to invent copper wire.

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