IF I WIN A LOTTERY
“If wishes were horses beggars would ride.” Winning a lottery is just a fancy seldom realized. I just wonder millions of people purchase lottery tickets. Only one gets the first prize. Thus it is a hope against hope. Still my eyes are on Kerala lottery which promises Rs. 9 lakhs as the first prize. My schemes are such that the first prize of one lakhs won’t serve my purpose.
I have a complex in my mind that I was not able to join a Convent School. Some of my friends who study in these schools look down upon me. I know that their only achievement is that they can speak English fluently. In other subjects their standard is quite low. I have a fancy to have an English medium non-convent school. My father tells me it requires near about Rs. 20 lakhs to start a good school. That is why I have an eye on Kerala lottery. With the money that I will have I will establish a trust. The trust will start such an institution.
I will not keep even a single penny with me. Money attracts money. The trust will raise more funds. I will approach people with patriotic leanings who would contribute for the cause. Students in Convent schools are brought up under the sway of European culture. They forget Indian culture and traditions. Sometimes they hate our traditions. In our school the only European thing would be the English language as medium. The students will be taught to respect the culture and traditions of our country.
There is a craze for English among the people these days. This institution will satisfy this craze of the people. It is of course a challenge for anyone to compete with Convent schools. They enjoy many facilities in India as they are being run by a minority community. I have a group of friends who are ready to face the challenge. Let us hope that we may win some more lotteries so that we may expand our plans and show better performance than the convent institutions.
Last week, many Americans found themselves in a lottery ticket-buying frenzy. In this record-breaking Mega Millions lottery, ticket sales reached $1.5 billion. Were you, your family or your friends hoping to win?
What is $640 million divided by three? More math than jackpot winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland will ever have to do again.
… Maryland’s winning ticket came from Baltimore County, according to the state’s lottery Web site. “This is truly remarkable and historic,” Stephen Martino, the state’s lottery director, said in a statement. “We can’t wait to greet the winner.”
In Kansas, officials said only that the ticket had come from the “northeast region” of the state. Winners in the state have the option of remaining anonymous, said Cara Sloan-Ramos, a spokeswoman for the state’s lottery.
In Illinois, a winner’s name, home city and prize total are made public “to assure other players that prizes are paid to winners,” according to the state’s lottery Web site.
Of course, stories abound about the perils of life after a windfall. There is the tale of Jack Whittaker, a West Virginia man who in 2002 won a $314.9 million jackpot but later said he regretted the payout after years of legal turmoil and personal tragedy.
In November 2009, a construction worker in New Jersey, Americo Lopes, hid a $38.5 million Mega Millions ticket from friends with whom he had been playing the lottery, as a team, for years. Less than three weeks ago, a jury in Union County ordered him to split his winnings.
Students: What would you do if you won the lottery? How much of the money would you save, spend and give away? What do you see as the downside to this good fortune? How would you deal with situations like strangers approaching you for money? Do you think it is possible to win hundreds of millions of dollars and keep your personality, values and outlook on life intact?