In a recent poll commissioned by the Bank of Montreal, 34% of Canadians say they are planning to fund their retirement by winning the lottery. That has to be the most optimistic retirement plan I’ve ever heard of 😆
Most personal finance experts will probably tell you that buying lottery tickets is a waste of money and isn’t worth your time. And they would be right, if for financial reasons only. After all, the odds of winning the jackpot is something like 1 out of 14 million (O_o)
Well if 41% of British Columbians believe in winning the lottery then maybe they know something I don’t 😕 So lately I’ve been playing the lottery every week! #SoHardcore. This probably goes against the rules of personal finance but I decided to do it anyway. I joined a lottery pool which includes several other co-workers at my job. Here’s how it works. First we decided on the numbers that we all picked together. Then we used an online lottery website like playnow to set up automatic ticket purchases using those same numbers every week 🙂 The cost works out to just $2 per person each week. #VeryAffordable. It’s a good deal considering we’re entered into both Lotto 6/49 and Lotto Max 😀
Why I joined the lottery pool.
- Something to look forward to twice a week. Studies show hope and anticipation can generate happy feelings, yay! \o/
- Chance to win millions of dollars 🙂
- Imagine if my co-workers won some money, even a small amount like $10. I would feel so left out if I didn’t participate 🙁 #FOMO.
- Team building. Studies have shown employees are more productive if they build a rapport with each other. By playing the lottery we all share stakes, risks, and winnings in the system. No one can be blamed if we don’t win. But when we do win something everyone’s happy 🙂
- Social interaction. As an introvert who doesn’t have many friends at work I can use some extra socializing 😀
Overall I think that’s a lot of value I’m getting for just a Toonie a week 😀 Will I get rich from the lottery some day? Most likely not. But it sure makes my life more interesting now! #HighRoller #ExtremeLifestyle 😛
I know using discretionary money to play the lottery may not be the smartest financial choice, but at least it’s better than spending $100 on a tube of luxury toothpaste like the Theodent 300, the most expensive toothpaste in the world.
Random Useless Fact: Cowboys held duels at high noon so the sun wouldn’t get in their eyes.