The Power of Giving Away Lottery Tickets

https://digitalcitizen.ca/category/writing/My #1 life philosophy is the best thing you can give someone, including yourself, is a chance. It applies well to general opportunities in life, as in having the trust, faith, and/or confidence in someone, including oneself, to do something, with success either expected or ignored, pending the goal. The philosophy holds true for understanding that the trust, faith, confidence, love, whatever you want to interpret as being shown by the person giving the chance, are far more valuable than anything money could buy, or other qualities shown. However, I’m going to test that money theory by getting my work colleagues lottery tickets for Asian New Year on February 12 (2021).

Normally, for Asian New Year, I get a bunch of Chinese desserts and pastries to bring around to my colleagues so they could each take one if they wished, and most do. Of course, things are anything but normal this year with COVID, so that won’t be happening. Lots of colleagues aren’t in everyday, and some may be wary of eating food cooked by others that my Asian treats walkabout won’t be practical. In brainstorming what else I could do, I thought about those red envelopes of money Asians tend to give others for Asian New Year for “luck”. Often they are for the kids where the small amounts of money would be meaningful to them like allowance is. For my adult colleagues, I’d have to be paid a lot more for me to put meaningful amounts of money in those envelopes for all of them! I could tell them about the symbolic money some Asians give each other, but I don’t think it’d go over well to get $5 and a cultural story to explain that $5. But that was when the idea came to me! I could use that $5 as a way to to give them all a “chance”, the best thing someone can give another as per my #1 life philosophy, and the Asian “luck” per the culture and tradition, with both being a lottery ticket. It’d be three chances, actually, from how Lotto Max works where I live in Canada to give three sets of numbers for a $5 ticket!

Contemplating the idea for a few days now, I’ve come to realize, both, how small a chance this is with lottery odds for big prizes being tiny, and the immense potential power I would hold to determine destinies should someone win a big prize! The Lotto Max Jackpot starts at a minimum of $10 million, with $1 million prizes often also drawn, and secondary prizes still being big, possibly quite big, depending on how big the jackpot gets. Aside from the smallest prizes like a free play or $20, we’re generally talking at least $275,000 which is no small change and will definitely change someone’s life! So here are some examples of my power wielding in getting these lottery tickets, of which I expect to get about 75 so someone is bound to win something small, at least.

  • I determine whose life I would change if a ticket won. I don’t actually get to choose deliberately, but by putting names on tickets in envelopes and directing them to people, I could just as easily have put someone else’s name on the winning ticket than the person who would get it, changing more than one person’s life indirectly and directly, combined.
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  • I would deprive myself of that life changing ticket in giving it away when it was once within my grasp! Of course, I’d tell myself I’d never have won, given my karma, if I had kept the whole loot of tickets to myself instead of sharing the joy. I will give myself a chance, as my #1 life philosophy says, but I will give myself no more or less of a chance than the others, regarding my colleagues as equals, whether they were my boss or those paid less than me.
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  • If I had the winning ticket, that’d be another interesting scenario as there’d be no way I’d keep all the money to myself. I would give my colleagues some, for sure, though equally? Probably not. I’m too righteous to do that knowing different people’s needs, life situations, work situations, etc. This would be the hardest kind of power to wield, to me, because I am in full control of that power, unlike the other examples where luck had more control over it than I did. And you can bet no matter how I divide up my gifts, some people won’t be happy about it.
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  • I would have to deal with how some people feel if someone other than them won, knowing I did this with full awareness it could change people’s lives for the better or worse. Yes, worse. Lots of money, I actually believe, makes life worse for lots of people, if not most people, rather than better as I don’t think that many people have the self-control and self-confidence to handle that kind of money due to what temptations and what nastiness others will throw at them for it. I do believe my colleagues aren’t generally among that bunch, which is why I would do this, but some won’t take it well that another won big, possibly causing divisions and maybe the winner rubbing things in, directly or indirectly, including hanging around on the job but behaving badly to make others feel badly. There are always toxic people in any group, including groups of supposedly only happy people.
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  • Outside of the possibility of any prize being won, for the most part, I will give my colleagues a little hope, but likely also end up snuffing it out, or crushing it pending how much hope they put in the possibility of winning, since most of them won’t be winning anything. All for the possibility someone will win something small for the fun of it.

Looking over my theoretical list of potential outcomes, I’m feel there’s more good than bad that could happen. Yet, given the tiny odds of winning big in a lottery, all this will probably end up just being just that, theory for a thinking and writing exercise that this is. It’s all true, just super highly unlikely to come true.

What do you think?

Wish me luck?

 

 

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