But, that ended after I won three weeks in a row. My "power ball", or whatever it's called in MegaMillions, the randomly drawn ball at the end, won. I want to say it was worth $5. The boss, who was buying the tickets, initially plowed my earnings back into playing. But winning 3 weeks in a row left a rather sour taste in his mouth as I am, at best, a very occasional player. He paid me off and quit buying tickets.
When I see the giant numbers that sometimes happen with rollovers, I think about what I could do with the money. I have grand plans to end hunger and clothe the naked, but first you have to win. Winning means I have to play. Playing means I have to have a whole dollar I can, essentially, toss out the window. You mean they don't just walk up to you and hand you a check for 12 million dollars?
So, I pass the billboards advertising riches and chuckle. If I have an extra dollar, it doesn't go to the lottery. It goes where I can really use it.
Beverage: English Breakfast Tea