As I’m sitting here right now the powerball is valued at $80 million dollars. I realize by the time I finished that sentence it probably went up significantly. $80 million. Pretty low as far as lottery standards. Low….when on earth did this life get to be at a place where $80,000,000 is not very much? Sad but true. Every day is a new opportunity to want more, like nothing really ever is enough. I’ve always wondered to myself why they don’t give 80 people a million dollars or heck even give 800 people $100,000? I don’t know about you but $100,000 would change my life! Not drastically….but nicely. But no, people will continue to play until it builds up to be hundreds of millions of dollars where one “lucky” soul will cash in on some of the biggest money ever, and their life will be “soooooo good.” Or will it?
See, my husband and I don’t play the lottery. I’m not saying we never have. It was never a problem for us or something we felt we had to do. My first experience with gambling was as a waitress at the cafe my mom owned where I would shake 6-5-4 with the regulars. Nice way to put a little extra cash in my pocket once in a while. However I knew when to stop because at that time I was a teenager and every penny was important to me. I had to save for those super expensive jeans that already had holes in them because my mom refused to pay for them for me. Her theory was if I wanted to spend money foolishly on holy jeans I was paying for them-or at least most of them. I also needed to be frugal with my tips because I needed that $1.06 every other day to buy (secret) cigarettes. Haha! Back in the day-cigarettes were so cheap! I don’t smoke anymore-who can hardly afford to?
I suppose my next experience with gambling was when I turned 18 and could finally go to the casino. My mom took me. She gave me $20. I ended up making $200. I truly believe the first time you go to a casino that the casino spies know it and allow you that win, to try to hook you. Like wow, that was easy im going back tomorrow! Psssht. Because truth be told, I’ve never come out ahead again…(in the whole 2-3 more times I’ve actually been there) I used my money wisely though-haha! I bought $200 worth of slim fast meals. Because I was sooooo fat-all 130 lbs of my 5 foot 8 inch body. Genius-😒
Over the years I dabbled here and there. On our wedding anniversary my hubby and I stayed at a bed and breakfast where there was a big casino just down the road. What the heck-lets go. We each took $20-(big spenders I know)…mine was gone in a blink of the eye. Once Mark got a bit ahead he took the $20 he started with and put in his pocket and just played with his winnings. I kept dipping into his coin tray-clearly his money was luckier than mine had been. He had been playing max coins(3 each time) and as I dipped in the last time I left him with only 2. Here goes. He hit! Sad part is if I hadn’t left him one coin short he REALLY would have hit! Good news-he made enough money to pay for our entire trip-gas, b&b stay, dinner, the works!
Marks parents were not gamblers but enjoyed going to our local casino for their delish buffets. His dad would hand us a roll of quarters each to put in machines while we waited in the long line to eat. Another ploy the money grubbers do- let’s put machines RIGHT where they stand in line for the AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS food we serve so they are tempted, tempted , tempted! Mark would always just stick the quarters right in his pocket stating he is leaving with more than he came with. I, on the other hand always thought, what if? Why not? Free money. Nothing to lose. Nothing to lose but ten bucks! Lessons learned-or not.
I purchased a few crossword puzzle scratch offs because I figure if I’m gonna spend $3 im gonna have to work for that win. Once I got my $3 back. Once.
Next comes the day I’m going to buy a powerball ticket. I didn’t even know how to buy one! The lady says “You want a quick pick?” A what? I told her I’ve never bought one and that she was speaking chinese as far as I was concerned. The look of amazement for seeing someone who has NEVER bought a powerball ticket! I actually prayed…to God….that if I could only win He could have the utmost faith that I would go great things with it! Now seriously people, when God tells us to take care of what we are given, to use our time and even resources wisely, how could I even THINK He would bless me with a win? But I did think He would!
See, Mark and I have this dream…of winning big 🎉💲💲💲💲💲🎉 and truly doing something amazing! We talked about how fun it would be to just go to a bank and ask to see people’s debt-and just pick some random friends/family and just pay it! I know I know with privacy rules they’d never let us-but hey I bet money talks! 😉 my heart pounds hard even now just thinking about what a rush that would be to anonymously change someone’s life by cancelling their debt! All the friends we’ve met along the way who’ve wanted to do this or that -REALLY GOOD AMAZING THINGS-if only they could afford to. This set of friends would have their little bunkhouse cabins to care for troubled teen boys-they’d have new windows in their so-called “mushroom filled house”. …( if you’re reading this you know who you are! I’m just not going to try to explain the mushrooms here! It’s NOT DRUGS!!!! Bahaha ) My kids would no longer struggle with day to days, even though it’s ok and building character in them. My son would have all his torn up worn out body parts (the ones that are only 20 years old) fixed with not a care in the world on how to pay his deductible or cover his bills while healing-he’d be doing it from his home in the country in the exact place he wants to be. My daughter would be able to set her pregnant little bare feet on her front porch drinking sweet tea with a homemade pie in the window because she just belongs in the country. My Grandma would not have a care in the world as to having a beautiful nice place to stay if my Grandpa happens to go before her. My mom would truly be able to retire-completely and do whatever she felt like, and I don’t mean get a part time job, so she wasn’t stuck in the house all day every day. The waitress who did such a great job would find THEE biggest tip on our receipt because that’s not an easy job and she did it with the best attitude! The mom in the grocery store who looks like she’s ready to sit down in the toilet paper aisle and cry-I would follow her and pay her bill, then toss a little more her way for a sitter and a date with a masseuse. Just random stuff….see a need-take care of it! Of course Matk and I would have to discuss this all and he would add to what I’ve already said and there’d be so much more! Aaaghhh! I just would love it! Makes me wanna go buy a powerball!😂😂😂 I’m not kiddin when I say God knows my heart-he knows I’m not lying about this! I’d do amazing things! I’d…Do…Amazing..Things!
In the meantime, I will continue to do what I can, when I can, with what I have. What would YOU do?