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Tackle Today: It’s Mega Millions!

January 30, 2020

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It’s Mega Millions! | Tackle Today - Source Reuters-Tami Chappel

≈ What’s up, America! ≈

Across America, with Mega Jackbox it’s Mega Millions!

What’s up, America! I am John Crow it’s [insert date] and tonight’s Mega Million jackpot is an estimated annuitize [insert amount]. […] Now let’s see if I can make you a millionaire tonight.

Lottery is an institution. It’s been present in the four corners of this planet since the dawn of greed and hope. Change the country, the address, name, and branding but never the people frolicking around the TV set waiting to be the next millionaire overnight.

The most interesting thing about this worldwide lottery-game culture is not the size of the jackpot or the 1 in 258,890,850 probability of winning, but the fact that EVERYBODY, from the girl in the cashier to the Uber driver, has a thorough plan on what to do with it after becoming a millionaire. More or less, this is it:

  • Stop working right away.
  • Give money to my [insert here person, friend, relative, pet].
  • Buy a big house for [insert here person, friend, relative, pet].
  • Buy a [insert here the car/boat/cruising ship model].
  • Travel around the world in a 20-year sabbatical.

Have you ever heard something like: “I want to be the next Jeff Bezos and build an empire”?

Their plan, instead, always seems to meander gently through the realms of spending (giving away; buying) and blocking income (stop working). No wonder such stories tend to end similarly: from the finest tablecloth to the cheapest mop cloth overnight.

Being a millionaire overnight is not the problem here. It is how you choose to use time in this case: 100 years at 10 mph or 10 years at 100 mph. It’s up to you.

Thought of the day: Avoid the lottery mentality.


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