In the western hemisphere we have created many arbitrary and artificial ways for breaking up our passing days.
January 1st defines a “new year”. Mondays tend to be the beginning of the work week.September marks back-to-school and throughout the year we assign special significance to the odd Monday or Friday so most workers can enjoy a long week-end.
It’s also the day I close the books on July and see if I’ve experienced any better luck at this lottery game than I did the month before, (after a review of June’s record I determined I “invested” $112 and enjoyed a return of $57).
Perhaps I should have taken a hint after dipping into the red on June 14th that this was not going to be a lucrative summer. Two more weeks of occasional purchases saw no more wins at all.
July started badly and never rose above even. I tried eight different types of instant tickets from $2 to $10 and took a couple wild swings at Lottario, 6/49 and Ontario 49 but mostly ended up ‘supporting-local-hospitals’.
My score looks like the US Dream Team vs. Botswana: $140-$69.
Logic would suggest I find a different hobby but Lottery Fever is a disease of the brain that affects the victim’s ability to reason or calculate. All the marketing and psychological influences that drive a person to think they can pick a winner are immune from reality’s bitter tonic.
I wonder though if tracking the losses doesn’t actually stimulate the “near-miss effect”; the irrational belief that our pay-off is just one more ticket away. The forlorn pile of dud tickets is perversely encouraging because it suggests I have paid my dues and am bound to reverse my fortunes. Unfortunately, none of the tickets in the pile ‘talk’ to any other tickets and transmit the inevitability of any sort of redemption.
Millions of tickets are printed with no intention of providing any return. I am not alone in being able to pick many of these out. Of course the odds favour buying duds for all of us.
On the draw lotteries Lotto Max continues to defy punters who are seeking its now $60 million plus jackpot. Among the eleven supplementary “Max Millions” only a single ticket defied the odds of 28,633,528:1.
Nobody won 6/49’s $7 million jackpot and tickets that beat odds on the second prize (2,330,636:1) received a welcomed, but miserly, $30,949.20 each.
No-one cracked the jackpot for Lottario although there was a winner of Ontario 49’s $2 million prize.
I offer sincere congratulations and best wishes to that person or group. I hope they are suitably grateful and understand how incredibly lucky they are.
For the rest of us, August is a new month…with our old nemesis!
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