I’d love to travel to Spain someday, especially for Christmas. The gothic architecture. Beaches. Tapas. A sanctuary city for abandoned beach inflatables. Museums. The lottery.
Yes, the lottery.
As a longtime opponent of lotteries for many reasons, I’m changing my mind on Spain’s lottery — and not just because it was for $2.4 billion last Christmas.
Why to hate lotteries
Lotteries are used by governments to raise money, though most of the money raised by lotteries doesn’t go back to the states or education — one of the biggest beneficiaries promoted by state lotteries.
They also increase gambling addition, prey on the poor to play more, and have lousy odds of winning. You’ll likely get hit by lightening before winning the lottery.
But the dumb reasoning that “You can’t win if you don’t play,” along with the easy fantasy of what you’d do with the winnings are enough enticement for millions of people.
If you want to become a millionaire, do it the boring way by saving and investing the money you’d spend on the lottery. And if your fantasy is to spend a month in Tahiti drinking mai-tais for days (OK, that’s mine), then save your money and do it. Continue reading