Thursday, October 15, 2009

Some People Have All The Luck

Recently, one of our county commissioners who has an addiction to scratch-off lottery tickets finally hit the big time.

He bought a twenty dollar ticket, and won $250,000. Yes, that's two hundred and fifty thousand dollars. Went to Pueblo to cash in the ticket, bought a new truck on the way home, and stopped in at one of the c-stores when he got back to town to show it off, buying some more scratch tickets. Won another $100.

A few days later, at the other c-store, he bought another twenty dollar ticket, and won another $253,000.

After taxes he got about $160,000 on the first one. I don't know what he got out of the second one, I stopped listening.

Meanwhile, the Colorado Lottery will be funding a new park, and I believe they'll be naming it after the man who won all that money, because everyone in the county has been going crazy buying scratch tickets thanks to him....


Alan said...

It always amazes me to see people spending money on a lottery.

Odds of winning an average multistate lottery: 1 in 120,000,000.

Odds of dying in a car crash in one year: 1 in 65,000.

No one thinks they'll die in a car crash,even though they're almost 2000 times more likely to die behind the wheel than win the lottery, yet people actually think they have a realistic chance of winning a lottery.

Lotteries are a tax on people who are bad at math.

Farmgirl said...

Well, at least here in Colorado a good chunk of the money goes to the parks system. So the stupid people who religiously buy tickets are doing a good thing and funding new parks in urban areas, maintenance of existing state parks, and other good things.

So it's not a complete loss.

mustanger said...

"Lotteries are a tax on people who are bad at math."

To which I say... right on.

Here in Georgia, the state lottery adds funds to the state education system. That would be a good thing if they actually educated the kids instead of giving them babysitting and politically corrected-up indoctrination.