No, I did NOT win the Mega Millions jackpot. I will not be able to buy special military equipment to rid the neighborhood of the nuisance neighbors--it was a delightful fantasy while it lasted, though.
And I had such a good system...Collin and I had lunch at the Magic Wok yesterday. My fortune cookie had an interesting message accompanied by six numbers:
I thought, "Why not?" Normally, I would play a set of "significant" numbers or just go with a Quick Pick. This could be interesting. Could a fortune cookie pick winning lottery numbers?
The answer is no. Maybe I should have paid more attention to the word "inherit."
Truthfully, I didn't expect to win. I rarely play the lottery, and when I do, it's just for fun, a Pick 3 now and then, a Powerball or Mega Millions when the jackpots are indecently huge, but most often I just get a few scratchers. I've had some wins, nothing larger than $50. Collin's luck has been better: his biggest win to date was $600. Horses are my game. I don't play fanatically, but I can pick a winner.
Collin took five chances this time. Not a winner in the lot. I guess the newscaster who said odds were better of being hit by an asteroid wasn't kidding. (They used to say the odds were better of being struck by lightning, but these days an awful lot of people have been struck by lightning.)
So...the three winning tickets were sold in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland. That means somewhere in those three states, someone is waking up to an unimaginable fortune...an army of relatives he/she never knew they had...scam artists lining up at their door...and the IRS backing an armored truck up to their bank accounts.
If past experiences are any indicator, by the time the dust settles, these winners will be right back where they started. If they're lucky.
(A special thank you to my partner in crime, William Kendall, for giving me most of the photos used here. He always finds the good ones!)