Look Out Lottery… Here I Come

Buying a Mega Millions Ticket
Is Nonsense, Or Is It?

Loving the Cubs... and other problems I have Mark Grissom beaverdamusa.comThere has been an awful lot of “hype” this past week about the Mega Millions Lottery.

Everywhere you turn, folks are talking about winning the “big money.” Television, radio, newspaper… that is all you hear! Everybody wants to run out and buy a lottery ticket and then say a big prayer that they are the lucky winner and go home with about a 350 million pre-tax payout.

By the time you read this blog, one of two things will have happened. After Tuesday night’s big drawing, somebody or somebodies will have won, or nobody will have won and the winnings will increase and the craze will continue until this coming Friday night.

Let us get something very clear. In my personal opinion, buying a lottery ticket is nonsense. Especially in this particular situation when the odds are nowhere near possible for you to win.

They say the chance of winning is less than being struck by lightning in the same place 5 times. They also say the chance of winning the lottery is less than a Professional Golfer making a hole in one on the same hole 3 times in a row.

So why would anyone go out and spend $5.00, $10.00, $20.00 or $100.00 or even more and take those kind of chances?

Let me tell you why!

It is the very same reason why thousands and myself more still pull for the Chicago Cubs to win the World Series. It is called…”Dreaming” baby!!

To understand the mind, and reasoning, of a Cubs fan…you must first understand that we love to dream. We have been dreaming our whole lives! Dreaming about the day when we win the Division Series, the National League Championship and the World Series!

You can believe what I am about to tell you, or not…I don’t care. But I am telling you the truth. I have actually dreamed about standing on Addison Street in Chicago, Illinois, in the cold winter month of October and screaming and shouting with other life-long Cub fans right after we made the third out in the top of the 9th and won the World Series of Major League Baseball!

Unfortunately, I am not sure that dream will ever come true. But I will ALWAYS have hope and faith in my heart that one day… that possibility could still happen!

I expect, if nobody wins this weeks Mega Lotto, they will tell you the chance of winning the lottery is less than the Cubs winning the World Series. That is the next set of odds coming up. I am sure of this.

However, for those of us who love to dream and dream big, we will continue to love and support the Cubbies, and we will continue to long for the day when we stand shoulder to shoulder on Addison Street and hold hands and sing to the top of our voices… “Go Cubs Go…Go Cubs Go…Hey Chicago What Do You Say…. The Cubs Are Gonna Win Today!!” (That is the song played at Wrigley after every home win)

Oh ya, one more thing.  I just came back from purchasing 20 dollars worth of quick picks for tonight’s big lottery.  Hey… I told you… I am a DREAMER BABY!!

Until Next Week…


About Mark Grissom

Mark was born on the north side of Chicago in 1964. Raised a Cubs fan by his dad, he never had a chance in life. He moved to Cleveland, Tennessee, in 1988. While he lives closer to Atlanta now, he will never be able to leave the religion of "Cubbie Nation." Baptized as a Cubs fan at the age of five, he has no choice but to live the remainder of his life here on earth in mediocrity at its best!

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