A lucky Canberran walked away with one million dollars last week after taking a ticket in Wednesday’s Lotto draw. The winning ticket made a hatrick for Evatt Newsagency with three winning tickets being sold there in the last six months.
Hands up who enters the lottery regularly? Semi regularly? Only when given a lottery ticket in a birthday card?
Recently I was determined that I would take a ticket in the lottery every single week with a spend of around $15 each time. I only ended up taking a ticket for about three weeks and then completely forgot about it, until I started writing this piece.
I had gotten curious about what you would be better off doing financially; saving the $15 every single week for the rest of my life, or putting it towards a lottery ticket. I put this to crazy intelligent genius man Dr Karl Kruszelnicki via Twitter. Dr Karl came back telling me that overall, I’d probably end up in around about the same position. So I decided that if I’m going to end up the same, I might as well put the $15 to lottery tickets because saving $15 a week won’t give me the chance of winning $20 million.
In my four weeks of lottery ticket purchasing, I think I won about $13 all up. Obviously I can’t expect to have won big cash straight away, but hey – it would have been nice.
When I was in high school, our Deputy Principal won about $14 million. He was a year off retirement so he took it early and I presume, is still living the high life. He was a really great guy with genuine passion for teaching and the wellbeing of students and at the time I couldn’t have thought of a better person to win $14 million.
Have you ever won the lottery, or has anyone you know? I want to hear about it whether it’s a minuscule $8 or an awesome $50,000.
And while we’re all having a dribble about how good being a multi-millionaire would be, what would you spend it on if you won? I would do the obvious things like investing in property, a nice holiday and whatnot, but I also really would like to start a cat shelter in Canberra. A decent sized one with the capacity to shelter a large amount of cats. So if I was fortunate enough to win big, the cats of the Capital would be the real winners.
As for the Evatt Newsagency, I reckon they’ll now be busier than ever. I might even go and buy a ticket myself.