People who are against gambling in general and specifically, the lottery, believe that the poor are disenfranchised by the gambling system. Is this really true or just another ’cause’ for the wealthier class? Is playing the lottery bad for your health?
Life isn’t worth living without hope. For the divorced mother raising three children, one dollar can buy millions of dollars’ worth of hope. As long as the gambling is limited to one or two dollars a week, playing the lottery can actually be healthy.
Everyone would agree that one dollar does not buy much anymore. Five dollars, to someone who earns minimum wage, could buy a carton of eggs and a loaf of bread for breakfast every morning for a week. The average person earning minimum wages does just that, he buys food with the five dollars. If he has a one-dollar bill or four quarters, he may purchase a lottery ticket.
Dreaming of a better life can help people cope with the day-to-day grind and boredom of the present life. Let’s face it, playing the lottery is more than a 175 million-to-one shot, but everybody knows that someone will win eventually. It only takes one number to win. This gives the poor working-class citizen the same opportunity as a wealthy person has of winning. Besides, you know the old saying, “You can’t win if you don’t play.”
Playing the lottery can be naturally healthy if you follow a few rules:
- Never spend more than two or three dollars a pay period on lottery tickets.
- Never gamble in secret.
- Never join a group of co-workers, friends or relatives who have pooled their money together for a greater chance of winning.
- Realize that winning isn’t something that is likely to happen. Pay your bills on time.
Spending more than three dollars a pay period can add up over time, making you feel angry at yourself for wasting hard-earned money. Gambling in secret can lead to an addiction. Sharing a big win with a group of people is the quickest way to end relationships. Dreaming is fun and can take your mind off present worries, but don’t bet the farm on the lottery.
Studies have shown that winning big has rarely brought happiness to anyone. Winning smaller jackpots enables people to pay delinquent bills, help others or do something they have always wanted to do. Smaller wins also help keep the sharks at bay.
For good natural health, buy a ticket and day-dream a little. It costs far less than medication for depression.