Thursday, December 29, 2011

Rant #646: No, It Wasn't Me

You probably heard that there was a $208 million lottery ticket sold on Long Island for the recent Mega Millions drawing.

No, I am not the recipient of this prize.

It was sold at a King Kullen supermarket in Middle Island, and it was a Quick Pick ticket bearing the numbers 23, 32, 33, 39, 43 and a Mega Ball of 8.

The lump-sum cash option checks out at $153.3 million over 26 years before taxes.

No, it wasn't me.

At work, when these types of drawings get very high in cash value, we all chip in our dollars hoping to eventually cash in on a dream.

We won in this drawing, but just $2. That breaks down to like 50 cents each person who participated.

Oh well, one can dream.

One can dream of leaving his or her job, paying off every dollar you owe, and setting a course for yourself for the remainder of your life.

But it wasn't me.

When I heard that the ticket was sold at a King Kullen in Suffolk County, I immediately thought of my wife's brother, who has worked out there for the supermarket chain for decades.

But I guess it wasn't him either.

And who knows who it is? Customarily, the winners of such jackpots take their time before they make their good fortune public. They get a lawyer and a financial advisor, and make sure that they say the right things when they hold their news conference.

And sometimes, the winners never show, not realizing that they had won.

But it wasn't me, wasn't anyone I knew, but I still want to hear about who won and what they plan to do with the money.

I know what I would do, but I guess it wasn't in the cards for me this time.

Maybe the next time around ...

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