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?