Lottery Lesson For Kids

I watch the local news as part of my morning routine everyday. They reported on the lottery and my daughter had questions. Time for her lottery lesson, I guess. 🙂

The news yesterday was informing everyone on how high the prizes have built up to. There’s a Mega-Millions lottery where the prize is now $850 million, and there’s also a Powerball lottery where the prize is now $730 million.

My 9 year old daughter heard this and asked what the lottery is and how we can win that money. She was already spending all the money in her head – she wants a pool and a puppy. So I explained to her how it works and I told her it was a waste of money, and a scam, and she shouldn’t try it.

But she wasn’t convinced and was still obsessed with winning the prize.

So I told her I would let her buy some lottery tickets and see for herself that it’s a scam. So we bought 3 tickets yesterday, and I let her pick-out all the numbers herself, and I made her use her own allowance money to pay for it. Now we wait until the drawings tonight and tomorrow night.

Of course I HOPE we win! Cross your fingers for us.

But for this lottery lesson to work out the way I want it to, we’ll win absolutely nothing. And my daughter will lose interest in it for the rest of her life. So wish me luck for that result too!

However, the absolute worst-case scenario for this lottery lesson, would be for my daughter to win like, $5 or $10. Which is certainly possible. My mom plays the lottery all the time and she’s always winning from $5 – $50 on a regular basis, so I’m a bit worried that my daughter will win a small sum. If that happens, then I just made a huge mistake with this and I positively reinforced gambling habits with my daughter.

I kinda just gambled myself didn’t I? With the results of this lottery lesson being completely out of my control now. I really hope it works out the way I want. I’m nervous…

Do you all play the lottery? What do you think about it?

15 thoughts on “Lottery Lesson For Kids”

  1. If she does win a small sum, change the lesson to fiscal responsibility. It’s fun to dream, but you can’t count on a jackpot, so never spend more than you can afford to lise

    1. That’s a really good spin about changing the lesson if she does win anything. The good news is… she got nothing. 🙂 Hopefully, she’s completely turned-off by it and will never ask to play the lottery again.

  2. I only buy lottery tickets when the prize gets to this point. Even so, now I’ve only bought tickets once because I’m rarely out of the house and I’m not going out just to buy tickets.

  3. This is so cute! I’m glad you didn’t just tell her to forget about it and instead you were able to show her firsthand – those lessons last longer! Also, glad to hear she didn’t win anything! 🙂

  4. I remember when the rugrats cartoon did the episode on Las Vegas and they were playing with the slot machines…. my son was hooked on the idea the Vegas would make us millionaires!

    1. Lol my daughter does the exact same at the arcade! You know those “gambling-ish” games at the arcade where you could potentially win like, 500 tickets to turn-in at the redemption center for a couple of starbursts? My daughter will ONLY play those games because she wants the tickets. She’ll seriously blow $20 of coins in 5min just trying to win tickets instead of playing a real game instead. 🙁

  5. I don’t think I know you, I just got a notification that you were following me, so I came here to check your blog out… I completely agree with this. I was fascinated by lottery tickets when I was a kid, but by the time I was old enough to buy my own, I had no desire to, because I knew that the odds were stacked against me and it wasn’t worth it. I tell people lottery tickets are a tax on people who never learned about probability.

    1. I found you from Chateux Cherie’s blog and enjoyed your comments there, is why I started following you. 🙂 Thank you for visiting here, and I agree with you that the lottery is just an extra tax. I definitely never play myself.

      1. Got it. I thought it was probably from another blog, since I noticed a few people I follow liking your posts… it’s nice to meet you. My blog is an episodic continuing story set in 1996 about a university student trying to figure out life, and I post usually on Saturday or Sunday each week.

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