I know, I know. There is no justification for playing the lottery; the odds of winning are almost nil, you have to pay a mess of taxes on what you do get, and what you get will be a lot less than advertised. And yet, I still play once in a while. Like today.
Today the PowerBall is up beyond 250 million dollars. This is an awfully large number, and certainly one that could set me up pretty nicely for the rest of my life, but I don’t have a hard lower threshold for when I play. Nor do I always play when it reaches these huge sums – it may hit $400 million and I’ll blissfully go about my day without any thoughts of playing.
So why did I play today? Because I’m superstitious and a fool at times. Continue reading