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Monday, April 19, 2010

The Elderly have Better Odds

I saw something interesting on T.V. last night. It made me stop and think. One of those short stories told quickly because they have 2 minutes between a commercial and the next guest. Better known as a filler in "newspaper days".

Simply stated the 2-minute blip said: "You are more likely to win the lottery than to be struck by lightning"

Now, that was surprising to me. Actually, I thought you were more likely to do "anything," than to win the lottery. That's what my dad always told me and I believed him so I've never been much of a gambler. But now, I may have to give the lottery a second thought. If I'm more likely to win the lottery, than to be hit by lightning...that sounds like much better odds to me.

My children disagree with the fact that winning is easier than a lightning strike, but do believe that lottery wins are bias toward the elderly. "Only old people win the lottery!" my children say. "They're in their sixties and seventies. What do they want with all that money?"

I'm thinking (maybe they want to replenish what they've spent over the last 25-30 years on diapers, infant formula, school supplies, designer clothes, not to mention 4 years of underwriting teenage car insurance!)

Wait a minute, I'm one of those elderly. I think I could have a lot of fun with a lottery win! And now that all my children are in their mid-thirties, I'm only buying food and clothes for two, insurance for one car, no school supplies or formula or designer clothes...wait a minute.

Fewer expenses equals more cash on hand, more cash on hand equals more lottery tickets, more lottery tickets equals better odds... I think I got it.


1 comment:

  1. Sandy, what a cute post! I'm not a gambler either but your post makes me want to go out and buy a lottery ticket...before I'm too old and have to spend it on diapers (Depends), formula (Ensure), designer clothes (Moo moo) . . .

    Cute blog!