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« Topic Start: August 25, 2008, 07:47:29 pm »



Does anyone play the lottery draws?  I am not very successful with it so far. Quite frustrating!

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« Reply #1: August 25, 2008, 07:50:07 pm »

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« Reply #2: August 25, 2008, 07:50:37 pm »



Does anyone play the lottery draws?  I am not very successful with it so far. Quite frustrating!

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Nope, the lottery is generally a tax on people who are bad at math, or so my father says. 

It's amazing, As I grow older, he grows smarter.  It's been more than 20 years since he started doing that, so he's a well above genius level now. Cheesy
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« Reply #3: August 25, 2008, 08:01:34 pm »

Does anyone play the lottery draws?  I am not very successful with it so far. Quite frustrating!

Quite a few people near me play the lottery, and most of them are very poor.  In the little more than a decade since Georgia introduced a state lottery, perhaps 3 people in my area have won a jackpot.  Every single one of them is poorer now than they were to begin with because they were not prepared to handle a financial windfall, so they became extremely irresponsible with their winnings, thinking that they couldn't run out of money.  Naturally, they DID run out of money, and winning did nothing for them but make them miserable.
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« Reply #4: August 25, 2008, 10:28:01 pm »

Does anyone play the lottery draws?  I am not very successful with it so far. Quite frustrating!

I will occasionally buy a single ticket if the jackpot is really huge and I'm somewhere where they are selling tickets (and the line is short), but generally I don't bother to even try. It's almost like burning money.
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« Reply #5: August 25, 2008, 11:48:51 pm »

Does anyone play the lottery draws?  I am not very successful with it so far. Quite frustrating!
IMO, what one is buying when one buys a lottery ticket is not a chance at however-many million dollars, but the right to fantasize about what one would do if one won - if I never buy tickets, pondering what I'd do with the winnings is meaningless, a mere rhetorical device; if I occasionally do so, I have pretty much as much grounds for dreaming about it as my ex-hubby, who buys one (well, two, one for each of the major lotteries here) every week without fail.

Now I have a Barenaked Ladies earworm.

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« Reply #6: August 26, 2008, 12:08:26 am »

Now I have a Barenaked Ladies earworm.

I can't figure out if that's a non sequitur, amazing surrealism, or something else entirely.  Anyway you cut it, I'm lost Cheesy.
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« Reply #7: August 26, 2008, 12:33:51 am »

I can't figure out if that's a non sequitur, amazing surrealism, or something else entirely.  Anyway you cut it, I'm lost Cheesy.

'If I Had a Million Dollars' is a Barenaked Ladies song from a few years ago.

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« Reply #8: August 26, 2008, 12:42:34 am »

I can't figure out if that's a non sequitur, amazing surrealism, or something else entirely.  Anyway you cut it, I'm lost Cheesy.
Musical reference, as earworms usually are - BNL are Canadian, but they're pretty popular in the US so I didn't think I was being obscure ("obscure" would be if I just said "BNL"... or so I figured).  My apologies!

(I can't vouch for the video since I lack sound on my 'puter; if there's a problem, lyrics here - I chose one with chords/arrangements 'cause you're a musician.  And stumbled over a fairly nifty [IMO] website by doing so... I love serendipity.)

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« Reply #9: August 26, 2008, 01:20:35 am »

Musical reference, as earworms usually are - BNL are Canadian, but they're pretty popular in the US so I didn't think I was being obscure ("obscure" would be if I just said "BNL"... or so I figured).  My apologies!

(I can't vouch for the video since I lack sound on my 'puter; if there's a problem, lyrics here - I chose one with chords/arrangements 'cause you're a musician.  And stumbled over a fairly nifty [IMO] website by doing so... I love serendipity.)

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I've never heard the term "earworm" before this thread.  It's having a song stuck in your head, I'm gathering.  Canadian word/phrase?
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« Reply #10: August 26, 2008, 03:16:06 am »

Nope, the lottery is generally a tax on people who are bad at math, or so my father says. 


We have the same father.  Smiley
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« Reply #11: August 26, 2008, 07:15:47 am »

Does anyone play the lottery draws?  I am not very successful with it so far. Quite frustrating!

Once every few years I'll get a scratch-off ticket or two just for fun.  I consider it a success if I win more than it cost me to buy the ticket (and I never get anything more expensive than the $1 tickets, so it doesn't take much).  If I don't, well, oh well.  It's not the most money I've ever wasted on something completely unproductive.  Smiley
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« Reply #12: August 26, 2008, 07:30:42 am »



Does anyone play the lottery draws?  I am not very successful with it so far. Quite frustrating!

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No. Many years ago when the UK national lottery was launched, one of my suppliers offered a free scratch card with each order from them. At the end of the promotion period I received about £50 of scratch cards. Hvaing dutifully scratched them I won a grand total of about £10.

That convinced me ( not that I needed it) that it was a mugs game.
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« Reply #13: August 26, 2008, 08:33:35 am »

Musical reference, as earworms usually are - BNL are Canadian, but they're pretty popular in the US so I didn't think I was being obscure ("obscure" would be if I just said "BNL"... or so I figured).  My apologies!

Ah!  Gotcha.  I'm quite familiar with the song, I'd just never heard the expression "earworm" before Cheesy
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« Reply #14: August 26, 2008, 09:02:16 am »

Ah!  Gotcha.  I'm quite familiar with the song, I'd just never heard the expression "earworm" before Cheesy

When I heard the word "earworm" my first thought was, "She has a Yeerk?"
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