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January 14, 2016


14…16…24…hut, hut, hike! “Wait…what?” Come on, man…we’re playing Powerball not football. Especially since it’s the lottery that is suffering from an overdose of steroids surpassing an unprecedented amount exceeding one billion dollars I dare say bazillions of folks have been rethinking the very reason for their existence. Most concluding, obviously and without question, winning the jackpot being that very reason. I mean, just imagine accepting a cash prize in excess of nine hundred million. It’s almost incomprehensible. Incomprehensible or not, winning will happen. And when it does…WOWZER!

Besides going totally ballistic, running around the room screaming at the top of your lungs and most likely soiling your tidy whities…what’s the first thing you’d do? “Wait…what?” Exactly what I thought you’d say. Almost hard to comprehend that many zeros lined up neatly beside your name on a check, isn’t it? It’s okay, take some time to think about it. You may not have won this time but what if next time…

Now, while your gray matter is dissecting how many Lear jets may be purchased from a winning lottery jackpot you might ought to sit down. Oh, right…you are sitting. Well then, let’s take a stroll down loot-ery lane arriving at an astonishing, “OMG, I’M SO RICH I COULD SCREAM. Wait…what? I AM SCREAMING!”

Hmmm, I believe trips to Wally World are now stricken forever from your future. Yeppers, you’re going to want to step it up a notch, say…Target. Then there’s the job…hmm, no brainer there. Not going in today…or tomorrow…or ever! Whoa, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, especially if you own the company. Therefore, first things first; don’t you think you should obtain some financial and or legal advice? I’ve been reading previous lottery winner’s snippets and only discovered one woman who sought the advice of an attorney and financial adviser BEFORE picking up her check. Smart, very smart indeed. Especially since over half of previous winners are broke after 5-7 years. “Wait…what?”

Yes, and it doesn’t matter what you believe when you become instantly rich, money still won’t grow on trees. So unless you devise a plan to provide yourself with an income to sustain your new found lifestyle your name will simply be added to the list of ne’er-do-well lottery winners who wish they’d never won because they wound up broke, bankrupt, or in serious debt. In fact, when interviewed most said winning was the “worst thing that ever happened to them” and they wish they’d torn up the ticket. “Wait…what?”

True, yet very sad because we want good things for other winners, right? But the reality of the win is neither fortune cookies, nor predicting future financial success comes packaged along with the ticket. That’s right. Unfortunately, all you get is a check with a bunch of zeros on it. No guarantees. No promises. Just a pat on the back and a, “Don’t spend it all in one place!” send off. The rest is up to you. Your family; family you didn’t know you had. Your friends; friends you didn’t know you had. “Wait…what?”

Certainly, regardless of how folks compute number combinations winning has proven to have a downside. On the contrary, I’m not trashing the entire instantaneously rich concept. Numerous winners have done very noble and charitable things with their winnings. As the good book says in Acts 20:35: …remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” One man gave his entire lump sum jackpot to a great cause. Another woman created a foundation which continues doing good deeds for others even now, after her passing. One winner helps those in need of medical attention they cannot afford. Another winner is even quoted as saying that helping others has been the biggest blessing from winning. It makes my heart smile to hear of selfless acts of kindness.

I’d have to say charitable donation is where my interests would lie also. Right after I purchase an island. Oh, and a boat…and a truck to pull it! “Wait…what?!”

Can you imagine…why a California psychic hasn’t won the lottery?

Smile, you are already rich in blessings.



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