“You’ve never played the lottery, right?”
“Sometime during winter break, we need to have you buy a lottery ticket.”
My dad is a smart guy, but sometimes he gets really adamant about certain strange ideas and I find myself wondering where on earth they’re coming from.
My winter break, as you know, was mostly filled with medical drama, so it wasn’t anyone’s first priority to whisk me off to be a newly-able-to-buy-lottery-tickets good luck charm.
Once I finally started getting better, though, the idea returned to the forefront of my dad’s mind.
“After dinner I’m stealing Sabina to go buy a lottery ticket,” he matter-of-factly told my mom.
I laughed, but he was serious.
“There is no way. It’s absolutely ridiculous. The lottery is just a tax on the mathematically incompetent,” I said, quoting my high school government teacher.
After a back-and-forth of “What’s the harm?” “That’s not the point,” I finally gave in.
You know why?
For the blog.
I literally revoked my stubborn refusal because of this series about my firsts. This was an opportunity for material. How could I turn that down?
Off to the supermarket we went.
We so rarely buy lottery tickets (read: never) that my dad and I were highly confused by what it was asking us about numbers, draws, and Power Plays, and we ended up selecting the wrong choices. What we wanted was 10 sets of numbers for the next day’s draw, but we ended up with 1 set of numbers to hope for over the next 10 draw dates.
My dad was frustrated–he was banking on my so-called beginner’s luck to win us the jackpot, which happened to be the target number he’s dreamt about–but I told him there was one good omen. The machine had randomly selected 17 as one of the numbers in our set, which happens to be my lucky number.
Walking away from the machine, I definitely saw how people can get addicted to playing the lottery. It’s an exciting adrenaline rush thinking that you could become a millionaire from it. It’s extremely unlikely, but it feels so possible.
We haven’t won the jackpot yet, but we still have a few more draws with that one set of numbers. Who knows, it could be beginner’s luck after all.