|Posted: October 24, 2012, 11:42 am - IP Logged|
I'm just curious what people feel when they read stories of jackpot winners or people who have good wins on MM, PB or a scratch ticket. In my state there was a guy who just split the MM jackpot with someone from California a week or two ago. I think it's fantastic this guy won it but on the other hand I have some envy issues because this kid is only 22 years old and probably hasn't been playing the lottery for very long and I've been playing off and on for years. This was a hard working kid who is now going to be able to help his family and himself out so that's fantastic, yet I can't help but feeling some jealousy that it's not myself. When I get that way I start putting myself down for even allowing myself to have those negative feelings but deep down I can't seem to help it. I do realize that some people can play for years on end and never get a big win and other people can play once and win the jackpot. Guess I'm wondering if that makes me a bad person or is it normal to be happy for someone who wins big but also feels some jealousy as well?
I really like the way you think and verse yourself here...it's a broad way of briefly analyzing. You mention the age factor and how long the kid's probably been playing the lottery. Very, very good point here because you must be (18) to buy tickets which means he's only been playin' for +-(4) years. Then, there's the playing consistency factor...I'm pretty sure he didn't play every single draw either. Yet, he won.
Anyone would share the same feelings of him maybe not deserving such a break, and for good reasons. Is he mature enough to handle that kind of money? He hasn't even begun to even live life yet, and, hasn't experienced true hard times to be able to appreciate that break. More than likely, he's going to make 22 year- old's financial decisions and blow lots, if not all that money before he reaches age 40...if he's not careful and doesn't have proper guidance. I believe this is where your feelings of jealousy are deriving from because you're probably older, much more mature, and have a plan for such a windfall.
However, the fact that you can clearly see where the lottery doesn't discriminate, at all, in your next to last sentence shows that you're being way too hard on yourself. So, lighten up and continue playing with a positive attitude...expect to win something instead of doubting. Might not get a big win initially, but it should manifest something. I like your rationalization.
As for the kid, I hope he realizes that one day he's going to be old, ready to retire, and will need some of that money for retirement. Personally, I'm very happy I never won when I was that young...I know I would've pissed it away because I was having fun and careless. You can bet your a** I'm ready now, though!!!! Take care.
Small games, frequent wins, and regular payouts 'cause.....
There are seven days in the week...'Someday' isn't one of them.