The lottery sure gave me an education

Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 06:10 PM.

We stopped at the convenience store at Carolina Pines on our way home. We walked in, and I told the cashier I wanted to play the lottery but had never done so. She did a good job explaining the procedures, and we went about making our selections. Since there are five games on one ticket, we decided to go for broke — in a manner of speaking — and plucked down $10 to play all five games.

We randomly selected numbers for the other four games, and secure in our selections, we began thinking about the possibilities of winning.

How could we not? We’d be looking at a $590 million prize.

We talked of beach houses and travel. We talked of quitting jobs and moving to Hawaii. We talked of charitable contributions and things we’d buy.

Our daughter got home about 10:30 p.m. after a dinner with friends and we mentioned to her that we had just 30 minutes before we were millionaires.

So as the time for the 11 p.m. drawing approached, I retrieved our numbers. The announcer gave one of those sarcastic "good luck" comments, and we were off.

The first number is 22.



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