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Are people desperate or just gullible?

January 13, 2016 Leave a comment


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.