Do You Play a Lottery?

Do you play any type of lottery? Find out here! Enjoy a metaphoric poem about winning the lottery and finding an audience. Finding an audience who appreciates your work is like winning. Will you win a million dollars, small change, or a big goose egg? What would you do if you won?


Do you play
a Lottery?
Writing poems
is a bit like a lottery
every one written
a lot like an entry,
but instead of free
it’s you they may pay!
So write some tickets
if you want to play!
Which will it be today:
a Haiku or a poem,
perhaps instructions for
how to remove stains from a bidet?
Every day there’s more winners
who find an audience
to read what they say
I hope to be one too,


Why I Buy Lottery Tickets

Although I've never won big money, I keep buying lottery tickets. I admit it, I'd love to win the lottery. And that's just one of the reasons why I buy lottery tickets. I don't get tickets every week, but do get them regularly.Here are other reasons why I buy lottery tickets:

I'm an optimist. Even though the odds against winning the lottery are astronomical, people win all the time. So why not me? I have as much a chance of winning as anyone else.

You Can't Win if You Don't Play. This pretty much speaks for itself. You can't win the lottery if you don't have a lottery ticket. I absolutely would not mind winning the lottery, so I buy lottery tickets.

I enjoy spending the money-at least in my head. Fantasy spending is a big perk of having a lottery ticket. What I like even more than spending my lottery winnings in my head is to spend the money for real, and that's a big reason why I buy lottery tickets.

I'm open to receiving from all channels. I believe the Universe provides for people through all kinds of channels, the lottery being one of them. And in order to be open to that particular channel, you've got to be playing the game.

At the time I'm writing this, the next Powerball drawing is worth $112 million, with a cash value of more than $61 million,Mega Millions is worth $54 million, with a cash value of more than …


Buckeyes-Wolverines Score Key to Winning Lottery Ticket in Ohio

If you play the numbers, and you live in Ohio, then you know that number came in today. I hope you played it. According to their website ( they paid out big; 952K big. Now, how did they know it was coming up? I know how they did. They play that thing everyday, and so did I; but not today. What is the significance? It is said to be the number you should play if someone you know has passed away. So thats why it is played everyday, because someone knows someone who has left this beautiful world that day. But wait a minute! What’s the number when someone is born? 000? No, its the same number you would play if someone passed away -“679”. “And for every ending there is a new begining”.Just recently in our great state there was a football game between two college teams; the end score was 42 to 39. The two teams battled it out for a chance to go the championship game. The one with 42 points went, and then lost the big game that was held 51 days later. Well, lottery players went out and played the 4 digit combination “4239”, and won BIG. Ninety percent “4239” wagers came in after 7 p. m., just after that game ended. The Ohio lottery commission paid out over 2 million bucks that night, because that very number came up. Who knew? They did!!!
Not so recently the author dreamed that he went into the …


Save Losing Lottery Tickets for Tax Purposes

I have to save my losing lottery tickets for the day I win so that I can deduct what I spent from my winnings. If I hit the Win4 number and get $2,000, I won’t pay taxes on it if I can prove I spent more than that on tickets. I hope to win early in the year so that I can have my friends save their losing tickets. If I win big, the more losers I collect the less I pay in taxes. If I hit the Mega, I’m not going to bother with the deductions. What’s a few thousand out of several million?In December, if I haven’t won, then I can throw the losers out – something I don’t always remember to do. Last year, I knew there was a ticket in there somewhere that earned me a free ticket and I forgot to redeem it. To do that, I had to go to the corner store and scan all my tickets. I had to stand there with my folded and crumpled tickets trying to straighten them out so that they can be read by the scanner. Maybe that free ticket is the winning ticket.

The looks I got from customers in and out of the store were not nice but a free ticket is a free ticket. The scanner kept telling me that all I have are losers or it is having a problem reading the bar code. I shouldn’t even have brought all my tickets with …


Lottery Strategies

If you've ever dreamed about winning the lottery, perhaps you've also thought if there was some kind of strategy to help you win. Unfortunately, the chances of winning the lottery are very small, but someone always wins and you will have no chance of winning unless you play. By playing and having some sort of strategy to picking your numbers, you have a much better chance of winning than the person who doesn't.Most people pick random numbers when playing the lottery, or they use numbers they have in their mind at the time. These people are using no kind of strategy, so they, perhaps, have a smaller chance of ever winning than the person who is using a strategical method to picking their numbers.

Once you have decided that you want to use a strategy when picking your lottery numbers, where do you start? One strategy that has been around for a long time is the hot and cold number method. The hot numbers are ones that have been picked recently in previous lottery drawings and cold numbers are the ones that haven't been picked recently. You should visit the lottery website that's local to your area to determine which numbers are hot and which are cold. Looking at the last 12 months is suggested when trying to find the hot and cold numbers.

There are pros and cons to using the hot and cold number strategy. Some people choose to use the numbers that have shown up a lot …


Lottery Email Scams: How to Fight Back

One of the most common fraudulent email that strikes our inboxes are lottery scams. Beware of these unsolicited emails that state you have won a big amount of money in an international lottery. Those who reply with the scammers will eventually be asked for deposits or advanced fees for them to receive the supposed "prize". You may be victimized of identity theft. These are often scam emails sent to your email to phish for personal information. Examples of these emails often say Winning Notification or International Lottery Information. Personal information includes passwords, credit card numbers, name, security numbers, birth dates and alike. These sites are hard to distinguish from the real ones. By getting the actual website used by the lottery and comparing it to the emailed site can be a great help in finding out if the email is genuine or fake.This scam works through the email address they have collected online and attached to a random number and entered in a draw for the lottery. To claim your prize, they will instruct you to contact the person in charge for your case. You are then told to keep the case confidential for safety purposes. In any case you respond, scammers will send further messages to even draw you closer into the scam.

Later, scammers will request for an advance fee to cover delivery cost. In some cases, the scammers will give you the option of opening an account at a specific bank in paying upfront fees. This supposed …


Michigan Lottery: Where's the money going?

In Michigan, as with other states across the country, the lottery is big business. So, why is there still a barrage of school closings and major cutbacks, including layoffs?Ask most Detroiters, and they don't believe that the lottery's winnings ever trickle down to their communities.

Detroit resident David Clark, 69, recently saw a report on TV about Michigan's School Aid Fund. He doesn't understand how it actually benefits the children going to public schools, especially in Detroit.

"All of the money for the lottery is supposed to be going to the schools, but that's all over Michigan," Clark said. "But it still looks like $640 million is a lot and they're always begging for money for school. Maybe it's not that much money, but it's a lot to me. Six-hundred and forty million should help a lot of schools."

According to the lottery commission, $724.5 million was contributed by the lottery to Michigan's educational system in 2009. They also claim that since 1972 they have provided more than $15 billion for public education, which, according to M. Scott Bowen, lottery commissioner, is the lottery's primary mission. Total lottery sales in 2009 amounted to $2.38 billion.

Additionally, the more than 10,000 retailers across the state saw a 1-percent increase in commissions.

"The lottery's unclaimed prize money goes directly into the School Aid Fund, which is the beneficiary of all of the Michigan Lottery's profits," said Andrea Brancato, director of public relations for the Michigan Lottery. "The lottery profit does not go …


If I Had Won the Lottery

Well, today all my hopes and dreams were shattered, like many of yours, when I awoke to the troubling news that 3 people had the winning lottery tickets for the largest lottery drawing of all time and it wasn’t me. I thought for sure I had the winning numbers.

Now, I am not a gambler, but when the amount get’s up 640 million dollars, I can’t help but throw a dollar in and try my luck, it can’t hurt anything, I am no more rich or poorer then I already was. So my wife ask me the question, what would we do if we won the 640 Million dollars?

Well, I went into day dream mode and laid on my old beat up coach and thought about what I would do if we won the lottery. Now the cash take home option would net you about 300 million dollars give or take a few million. I definitely took the cash option.

Now, before I go into any details about what I would do if we had won the lottery you would have understand a little more about us. We are very simple common folks, we don’t have exotic animals, fancy clothes, new cars, a big house, no condo vacation home, heck we don’t even take vacations. I believe in simplicity in all it’s forms. It makes for much more happy and peaceful life. Don’t get me wrong I would love to travel the world, but I don’t know anyone who …


The Lottery Butterfly

He needed to write one story today. Like everyone else he had bills to pay but maybe too this could reach someone who would be better off by reading it. Not junk food for the brain but something that could stick with the soul and like a bubbling spring of water by the roadside, it could refresh and renew the mind as one remembered these words. Or maybe it would get lots of attention and be like a lottery ticket.

Yet the ancient king Solomon wrote “there is nothing new under the sun,” If this were true then he could not write anything new. All that he could write would have been written leaving him with repackaging old tunes in a different way. But wait a minute they do that with songs today. How many tunes have been written and forgotten then found again? Published under another name by the finder, not the author. Is there nothing new then. The airplane or electric batteries have been before.

What was new then? My life? My genes? Not really, my parents, who got the information from their parents, passed those on. My personal experiences are new then? Yes, but other have gone or are going through the same. Who would want to read nothing is new, everything is recycled, but you. Science says energy is not created or lost it just changes form. But this is my form and my experiences he thought, weather new or not to others it new to …


Winning the Lottery and What I Would Do

Recently, I've been reading articles by other ACers about the American Dream of winning the lottery and what they would do with their winnings. Well, this is a fun article to both read and write so I thought I'd jot down my thoughts on winning the lottery. The American Dream has changed to hopes of 'winning the lottery' and is definitely something that we've all dreamed about.Winning the "big" one would certainly make life easier, but I'm not so sure that it would be an instant makeover for me. My husband and I designed our dream house ten years ago and moved into it seven years ago. We are very happy where we live and winning the lottery would not change that.

I do play the lottery games occasionally, but not every week. I realize that in order to reach my goal of winning the lottery, then I must purchase at least one lottery ticket in order to win. I don't buy tickets every week, as I'm not one to carry cash around with me.

My American Dream of not having to work and being able to pay for just about anything would also include a lot of charity. Winning the lottery, especially if it's a big pot would help me achieve this goal.

The First Thing I'd Do
Since I bought the ticket I think that I'm entitled to be first in line. Without a doubt, I'd pay off my mortgage. Charity begins at home.

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