Do You Play The Lottery? What About For 500 Million?

I never play the lottery but last week I saw that the Mega Millions was up to $290 million so I bought a ticket. The slogan they have of “If you don’t play you can’t win” came right to my mind (that’s a sign of a great slogan, since it came to mind right as I was considering if I should buy a ticket or not).

So, I bought a ticket. Now, it looks like no one won last week’s drawing so the jackpot is up to $500 million!?!?!


With all the talk about the Mega Millions jackpot not being claimed last week it got me thinking about if I should put my name in the hat again this week. I can see this being a slippery slope since I don’t ever really do things in moderation. Have you noticed, moderation isn’t really my thing? I could see myself getting into a habit of wanting to enter every week, and thinking, “Well, it’s just a dollar!”

It’s so incredibly fun to day-dream about winning. How life would change and how it would stay the same (and if you would even want it to stay the same).

I freaked out when I found out an acquaintance of mine had won 6 million dollars in the Colorado Lottery 10 years ago. He keeps in on the down-low (for obvious reasons) and you would never guess that he won from just meeting him. He’s so down-to-earth and he’s a genuinely nice and kind person. He even let me interview him about THE BIG LOTTO WIN. I also like looking at this gallery of other former lottery winners and day-dreaming that I’m one of them;)


What would your plan be if you won? What would be the first thing you would buy? Who would be the first person you told? Are you buying a ticket?


10 thoughts on “Do You Play The Lottery? What About For 500 Million?

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  1. Tasha

    I bought tickets earlier this week because someone in my office offered to go get tickets (split the winnings), then nobody won, so I figured throwing in some loose change for a $2 buy-in couldn't hurt. It's exciting and fun to dream about what I'd do with my share post-tax (about $6mil), even if I know I won't win. I don't think there's anything wrong with the *occasional* cheap lottery indulgence, just for dreaming & fun, if you keep to your budget otherwise.

  2. MommaStar

    Funny. My husband and I just had this talk last night. Sadly I've been putting $5 dollars in twice a week since 4 weeks ago. I'm so tired of putting out every week and not getting a return for it, but there's that scared feeling that I won't win if I don't play factor. Le sigh.

  3. Yankeegal

    I love thinking about all of the good you could do with that kind of cash. We have so many people that we know that are struggling financially-I would love to be able to help them. It is sooooo much money-you would have to give a lot of it away.

  4. Tasmanian Minimalist

    I occasionally play. I would play more often, only I forget to buy a ticket usually.

    My philosophy is this- If it's not my time to win, someone else usually does and I am pleased to be able to help someone else who might need it every bit as much as I do. I guess it's sort of, the community coffers type thing.

    I think that to be prosperous you have to want it for everyone else too and not begrudge others' success.

    When I do win however, I will give most of my winnings away to my family and friends.

    Parents, in laws, siblings, kids. Trust funds set up, a good lawyer to sort out any legal issues, small modest wabi-sabi home right by the ocean waves, a new computer…and as a result I would be able to work on a volunteer basis for a charity.

    I would not go on a spending spree on clothes, cars, shit like that…though I would try to have the divine Bruce Parry on a permanent leash for my amusement !!! LOL- no I wouldn't, but just thought I'd try a little joke xx

    1. Valerie

      That’s the first thing I thought,if I won. Then I started to wonder how many people would show up as part of my family…….Your second cousin on your brother in-laws’ mothers’ side….Wow. then I’ld be rich in family?? XD

  5. jefferson

    we ended up buying $5 worth of tickets for tonight's drawing.. i don't know why we did it.. it is kinda like paying for the few hours that we spend fantasizing about what it would be like to win the money..

    i know the odds and everything, just like everyone else.. i am unsure why we are all so willing to toss money into the wind :)

  6. Anna Newell Jones

    Because it's fun to dream & hope. Plus they've got that crazy amazing slogan that everyone thinks about when they're trying to decide if they should play or not:)

  7. Eric

    This was my first time buying a lotto ticket since I turned 18. I went in on a pool with some friends at $10 each. We lost, but it was fun to dream.


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