I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is to play the lottery.
I used to be an infrequent lottery player. If lottery risk were a hazard similar to smoking, then I would be able to say “no” if a life insurance or health insurance company asked me if I were a lottery player. The lottery is an interesting phenomenon. Here are a few of the more interesting things I’ve read on it.
- The Fascinating Math Behind Why You Won’t Win the Lottery (Wired)
- The Fever You are Feeling Has a Name: Dopamine (San Jose Mercury News)
- Winning the Powerball Won’t Solve Your Problems (Lifehacker)
- Seven Reasons Not to Play the Lottery (Desiring God)
And even if you do win, in Louisiana you can’t claim a lottery prize anonymously, so your life will change drastically to what you don’t want it to be—friends you never knew you had will show up at your front door, and you’ll constantly wonder if you bought a ticket because of discontent.