The other day I was called stupid for buying Powerball tickets. I would have to be stupid, I was told, to actually believe that I ever have a chance of winning. Imagine how much money I would save if I just put my Powerball ticket money in a jar every week instead! Not much, actually.
You see, I buy one Powerball ticket fore each drawing. There are two drawings per week. Each ticket costs $1. So that's $104 per year. Big deal. Even if I play the Powerball twice a week every week until I am 80, that's still only $5512. Really not all that impressive.
What some people fail to understand is that I am not buying Powerball tickets because I think it is a legitimate and reliable way to make money. I know very well that it is not. I am paying $2 a week for hope. If I buy a Powerball ticket, there is the chance (however small) that I will wake up the next morning to a brand new way of life. That I'll be able to pay off my house and travel the world and never work another day of my life. Let's be realistic - there is probably no way I am ever going to make $20 million in a year. It's just not going to happen. But for two measly dollars a week, I still have a tiny little chance of making it happen. I think that's a bargain.
I'm not stupid, I'm just not ready to resign myself to a life of drudgery just yet.