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Are people desperate or just gullible?

January 13, 2016 Leave a comment

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As lottery fever hits, and the Powerball jackpot is up to $1.5 billion, I am starting to see more and more lottery scams being posted on social media. It’s amazing what people will come up with to try to elicit false hope from people.

I like to think, actually I know, that my friends are smart people. Yet I see them sharing all kinds of hoaxes on Facebook. For example, do you really think that a random stranger would be willing to share his or her lottery winnings with anyone who likes, comments, or shares their “winning lottery ticket” on social media? Do my Facebook friends think that because this random person claims to have legal documentation that they are really legally bound to share their winnings ( that is assuming that they have a winning ticket).

If I won the lottery, I can tell you that I would definitely not share my winnings with random Facebook people. I have plenty of family and friends who deserve and need a share of my winnings. Should I have so much excess money after sharing it with those I care about, I can still say with certainty that I would not give my money out randomly. There are plenty of things that I could do with it. I would donate to worth while  charities, and I would be sure that my money was put to good use to help others. Let’s be real, with the jackpot being so large, there is no way that I could ever spend that kind of money. Many people think they would pay off their mortgage, buy a fancy car, buy a boat, go on an exotic vacation, live off their savings, payoff the debt of their friends and family, etc. But even after doing that, I can guarantee you’re still going to have money left over.

Think about it… Think about it long and hard… Would you really want to give that money to people you don’t even know who liked your facebook post? And even if you are on the level and we’re going to give your money to these people, do you have any idea how much work would be involved to contact and send money to everyone? Who would even keep track of how many times it was liked, commented on, and shared? Let’s be real, it would be a logistical nightmare!

My personal thought is that those people who are actually liking these posts are actually hoping that they will come into some money. Do you think they’re gullible and truly believe that a random person would give away their fortune? Or are they so desperate that they think they have a chance?

After standing in line at the 7-Eleven, waiting to buy my lottery ticket, I have to ask myself, am I so desperate to think that I have a chance? Sure, I do have a chance of winning this mega jackpot, but the odds are so slim that I have a better chance of getting hit by a bus while riding an escalator at the Mall of America.

But as I said before, the key word is hope. That hope is what keeps our dreams alive. And if you give up your dreams, you die.

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I bought my Hope!!

January 6, 2016 Leave a comment

powerball$500 million!!!  Or $306 million cash value!! I can live with that. Easily. Quite easily!

So on my way home from work today, I stopped at the local 7-11, and I bought 5 Powerball lottery tickets. It cost me $10.

That’s not a bad investment considering that I have hope. It is a piece of paper that could possibly be worth more money than I could ever earn in10 life times. That hope could afford me everything I could ever want or need for the rest of my life. It could allow me the chance to help everyone who needs it.

Could you even imagine that kind of money? I dream about a life completely different from the one I live now. I’d be able to travel the country, or even the world. I’d be able to help rescue dogs and cats in need of homes and medical care. I could help my friends and family who need just a boost to get them through the rough times.

What would you do with that kind of money? In less than an hour, the drawing will go off. I could have a life changing moment. I have just as much chance as anyone else. And for a brief moment, I can experience the “what if” …

What if I won? I have hope. I could be dirty, filthy, stinking rich. I could have more money than I could spend in a lifetime.

I can dream. Wanna know why? Because I bought my hope!