So I’ve been participating in lottery pool at work for about three months or so. It’s $5 a week. I know what you’re thinking, I’m wasting $20 a month. It’s true that the odds for this particular lottery are stacked against anyone who plays. The way I look at it though, I see the $20 a month as insurance. What kind of insurance? Regret insurance. I imagined if a whole group of my co-workers won the lottery and I chose not to join in. That would kinda suck. So for $20, I get to buy peace of mind.

Interestingly, there was a bit of a hiccup with buying tickets for Friday’s draw. The person who usually buys tickets for the studio was away this week. She appointed some other dude to buy the tickets while she was gone. Usually she sends out an e-mail to the studio to remind people to get their $5 in. This new guy dropped the ball and didn’t send out the e-mail. I totally forgot about the tickets so dude went and bought tickets without everyone knowing. There were way fewer people in the pool this week. When I heard this had happened, I knew I was tempting fate. I can’t actually prove this, but I believe in the grand scheme of the universe, the second those tickets were bought without me, the people in the pool this week had a better chance of winning. It’s just how my life and luck interact. Stuff like this usually goes against me. I was thinking it would be just my luck if this was the week the numbers went their way.

Strangely enough, when I checked the winning numbers, no one in the country won the grand prize. I tempted fate and lived to waste another $5 next week. Phew!

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