The Powerball jackpot on Tuesday November 28, was valued at $550 million with an annuity of over $300 million which is the second highest annuity amount in Powerball history. The highest annuity amount for Powerball was $365 million back in 2006.
The high Powerball payout created Powerball fever across Reading and Berks County with people spending record amounts of money on tickets.
“It only takes one ticket,” said one patron at a local Redner’s Quick Shoppe.
“I normally spend only a couple of bucks on tickets…but this is worth spending more,” said another after plucking down $50 on tickets.
“I’ll share the winnings with you,” said more than one patron to the clerk as the lottery machine spits out the tickets. The clerk just smiled and said, “Have a good day.”
Each person who purchased lottery tickets had visions of winning the lottery dancing in their heads along with dreams of a better life for them and there family and friends. The odds of winning the lottery however are 175 million to 1, which means many people will be left with broken dreams and the empty promises of the lottery. Still, many people take the odds of winning the lottery in stride and keep on playing.
“Maybe it’s my turn,”
“Hey, somebody has to win…right?,”
In the end two people picked the winning numbers but many more are left thinking, “maybe the next time it will be my turn.”
Although the Bible doesn’t mention the words “gamble,” or gambling,” it does not mean Christians should catch lottery fever. The Bible is quite clear on not partaking of earthly desires, or desires of the flesh.
Rom. 13:14 – “make no provision for the flesh in regard to its desires”
Gal. 5:24 – “have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires”
Eph. 2:3 – “formerly walked in the desires of our flesh indulging the desires…
I Peter 2:11 – “abstain from fleshly desires, which wage war against soul”
These are only a few of the Bible verses which warn of abstaining from desires of the flesh. The reason is clear.
When anyone, Christian or not gives into an addiction it robs the soul of true joy. Life is lived for the addiction and fulfilling the desires of the addiction. Another side affect of an addiction is that not only is the person suffering through the addiction affected by the addiction, so are their family and friends.
Addictions are like ripples in a pond they keep going further and further out until something puts a stop to them. Here are some agencies in the Philadelphia area which can help with addictions.
Christians United Against Addictions