A Winning Lottery Ticket!

Here’s a winning lottery ticket–guaranteed!  But first a few facts about State-run lotteries.  The first recorded lottery was conducted by the Hans Dynasty (205-187 B.C.) to help pay for building the Great Wall of China, so says Wikipedia.  In the United States, the 13 colonies financed the government, as well as later the government conducted lotteries to pay for both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.

What are the odds at winning a million bucks in a lottery?   Consumer Research magazine reports state lotteries have the worst odds of any form of legalized gambling.  Only 0.000008% of the 97 million people who play the lottery annually win a million dollars.  A $1 million prize averages out to $468,000 after the IRS, state and local taxes take their bites.   The state pays the first $50,000 in cash and the rest is doled out to the winner over 20 years.

To be certain, even $50,000 is nothing at which to sneeze.  But when you think about it, a buck is only a piece of paper (or in Australia–plastic) which can burn in a flash, be torn up, stolen, lost–the possibilities for destruction are endless.

A far more profitable move, or so it seems to me, would be to purchase a $1.00 or $5.00 lottery ticket that is GUARANTEED to pay off far beyond my wildest dreams. When I help someone in need–“Unto the least of these,” I invest in Heaven’s Lottery, a spot where everyone wins big time.  Sure the man on the street corner may use my money for booze instead of for a McDonald’s burger, but, you know what?  Once it leaves my wallet, it’s his choice.  Besides SOUTHERN COMFORT may be the only comfort he gets from the pain from bad teeth, arthritic joints and the bruises from holes in the soles of his sneakers.

I realize God leads each of His kids in different ways, but this is what He tells me to do.   2 Corinthians 8:7b NIV says, “…See that you excel in the grace of giving.”  The way I see it, God asks of me is to give and He takes care of the rest.

As to payday, God’s lottery commission is a sure bet.  I like sure bets, don’t you?

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One Response to A Winning Lottery Ticket!

  1. pepsi7 says:

    Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll research it out……….

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