We don't play the lottery here. We don't go to the big casino, even though it's just up the road on the Seneca Nation. I'm not a big believer in luck. Every gambler that I know loses more than he wins, but they keep on playing, hoping against hope, that they are going to be the next big winner. It happens. Invariably, someone wins, but if you're playing the odds, your odds are not good to win the lottery.
I used to be the night manager at a little convenience store, and we had our 'regulars'. They would come in religiously to purchase their lottery tickets, their instant scratch-offs. One guy would come in, buy a cup of coffee, and he would buy $20 worth of tickets and sit in a corner slowly scratching them off, sipping his coffee, ticket by ticket. He'd usually come up and repeat the process five or six times. This is not an exaggeration. The part that bothered me was that this was not a man who could afford to do that. I'd seen him in there with his family, four or five kids. His wife was heavy and her hair was always dirty.
Tim believes that gambling is the way lazy people try to prosper while avoiding work. I believe that it's the way desperate people pray. I know that Brianna plays the lottery, and she's waiting for a her miracle.
Cara went to Erie with her college roommate. Last night she called to shout my ear off. I made out 'lottery ticket', and 'guess how much I won?!!!!' "Slow down," I said, "Quit yelling. Now what happened?" She took a deep breath and explained. "I never played the lottery before, so I put a dollar in the machine, just to see what would happen and I got a ticket and when I scratched it off, I won!!!! Guess how much I won?!!!!!! Guess!!!!!!!" Her voice was starting to get all loud again. "How much did you win, Cara?" She roared "TWO BUCKS!!!! That one little ticket...I doubled my money!!!!!" I laughed and said, "So tell me, what did you do next?" "Well, " she says, "I was going to put it back in the machine, but I figured that's what the machine wanted me to do. So I went over and bought a cup of coffee."