Monday, December 31, 2007

Getting Lucky

Last Tuesday one of my Christmas presents from my daughter and son-in-law was a Raffle Ticket. To be precise, it was a $20 Florida Lottery Millionaire Raffle ticket.

What you get for your $20, is a chance to win Twelve $1,000,000 prizes, Twenty-Five opportunities to win $100,000 and Two Hundred shots at $10,000.

The drawing was held on Saturday, December 29, 2007.

When I open the card, I chuckled and thanked them for the gift. The reason I laughed is that I viewed it as a wasted gift; I would have rather received a $15 bottle of Gin or Vodka.

I am not a gambler. I’ll gamble with my life before I will gamble with my money. Yes, I have played nickel, dime, and quarter poker and have bought squares on the Super Bowl pools. But, I do not consider this gambling. Because the object was not necessarily to win; it’s for the camaraderie involved with these events. If you come out ahead it’s a bonus. If you don’t, so be it.

To be a winning gambler you must be lucky. I am not a lucky person. Even with gambling games that require skill, there is a luck factor involved. Let me reiterate, I am not a lucky person, therefore I do not gamble.

I never play the Florida State Lotto. Why? I am not lucky! I don’t by raffle tickets. Why? I am not lucky!

Playing the Lotto is for fools and as a friend once told me “the State Lotteries are a fool’s IRA plan”. I’ve seen people spend twenty to one hundred dollars on a weekly basis, for Lotto tickets, wishing to win the millions of dollars. They look at their losing tickets and say “probably some tourist or a snow bird won the big bucks.” Like me, they are not lucky, but still haven’t realized that fact. You must be lucky to win; believe it or not there is absolutely no skill involved in Lotto. It’s all luck! And I am not lucky!

So today, on a whim, I checked the Florida State Lottery site to check my Raffle Ticket number. I did this with no hopes or aspirations of winning.

Unsurprisingly I didn’t win; I didn't get lucky!

Happy New Year

The Beach Bum

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Blogger Porcupinetaxi said...

Try prayer. It works wonders. Ask God to make you lucky and guess what? YOU WILL BE!

Mon Dec 31, 08:08:00 PM  
Blogger Roxie said...

I didn't know God made people lucky and helped them win at gambling (something I thought God opposed) but who knows, maybe God is more liberal minded than those who spread God's message.

The odds are always against the players of course and only luck makes a winner in such things. So I agree with the post - it is all about luck and odds are greater than playing the gay is kissing the money goodbye.

Mon Dec 31, 08:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Buck said...

I hope you get lucky in 2008. Even unlucky people score once in awhile.

Tue Jan 01, 09:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Nugen said...

Get rabbits feets, put one in each pocket and carry for 30 days. your luck will improve.

Thu Jan 03, 12:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You will never meet the prize patrol

Thu Jan 03, 01:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny posts on this blog today Zazz. Especially the comment about never meeting the prize patrol!!!
Good laughs. Just like the lottery, a good laugh. You are right too, folks are spending their retirement money for a slim to none chance in hell at striking it rich. But then some guy comes along and says, "You have to buy a chance to win, sucker!" Who's the sucker?
peace friend,

Sat Jan 05, 05:51:00 AM  
Anonymous CresceNet said...

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Sat Jan 05, 10:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Wally said...

Chou Bim Yah, Yeah you sowa votch

Sun Jan 06, 09:01:00 AM  
Blogger The Beach Bum said...

To - Porcupinetaxi :
God is too busy to answer prayers - I pray to the Saints. But this still hasn't worked.

Roxie -
RE: the gay is kissing the money goodbye.

I assume you meant guy, not gay! Slip of the tongue or typo?

Buck - I haven't gotten lucky in nearly two years - I don't get out that often.

Nugen -
I had a rabbits foot when I was a kid - it didn't help then and I doubt if it will help me now.

Pal Val -
You'll laugh about almost everything since you have been on the Happy Pills!

Most of the people that come to this Blog do not understand Portuguese!

Wally -
Is that Polish or Chinese?

Mon Jan 07, 03:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Richard Feder, Ft. Lee said...

Regarding Nugen's suggestion of putting rabbits feets (sic) in each pocket for luck.

I've never understood the rational behind this supposed Road to Good Luck. After all, it wasn't lucky for the rabbit, why should it be lucky for you?

Mon Jan 07, 10:38:00 PM  
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