That’s a pretty widespread quote, but I’m not sure who first coined it.
But life sure is a lottery – you really don’t know what the future is going to bring. The world has been changing at such a frantic pace for so long now we’re not even sure if the planet we live on will continue to keep up with us.
That doesn’t make us any more ‘special’ than the planet of course – it actually just makes us a fairly blinkered species. Head down charging into the future regardless of environmental consequences, or anything else for that matter.
Just like a lottery game, we might ultimately win the jackpot. Or at least win 2nd prize. It’s just that sometimes the odds of that seem fairly slim. Maybe we should ask the Lottery Guy for some help (you can find him on Facebook, or even Twitter here).
We’re counting carbon credits because it feels like something we can do. Which is of course far better and more positive than the nay-sayers who simply do nothing at all, yet still try to claim the moral high ground. It’s a strange old world.
There’s a really good reason I like playing with the office lottery pool.
Well, actually there’s two reasons.
The first is that it costs me next to nothing. I ‘fund’ just the one ticket. But my efforts combined with everybody elses means we actually buy around 40 to 50 tickets a week. Which by the power of not too difficult maths means 40 to 50 times the chance of winning.
The other reason, is that it’s practically zero effort for me. You can also play in a lottery syndicate online, so you don’t have to find an office pool for that zero effort pleasure!
So I don’t have to line up in a queue to buy a ticket. As I’m just a member of the pool and not the organiser that also means I don’t have to worry about all that other stuff too. Like managing money, entries, people… wow, way too much work if you ask me. But I’m glad someone is happy to do it – thanks Alex 🙂
Now some of you may be quick to point out that yes it’s a better chance of winning, but winning what – you have to share don’t you!
To which I say, yes. But that’s not exactly a problem. We play the EuroMillions mostly – but we really don’t mind sharing because this game regularly creates jackpots so big that even on the worst weekend we will not be unhappy sharing. Plus on most weekends we will all be millionaires if we hit the jackpot. Not a problem.
Now there is the small matter of the small prizes. We have to share those too. But as I see it, playing is all about the big prize anyway. Those little ones are just there to subsidise our group, and keep them motivated until we do win the big one. So I really don’t mind splitting those down too.
You can’t join our pool, for obvious reasons. But there are various EuroMillions syndicates online that you can join if you don’t want the hassle of running your own group (and I recommend you don’t take on the hassle – it is way more work than you’d imagine!).