Lottery Corrections Ain’t funny

What would you do if you woke up last Saturday morning and checked your Virginia Lottery Mega Millions numbers from Friday’s drawing in Saturday’s Washington Post and your numbers matched the $31,000,000 (that’s $31 million, folks) grand prize?

Right after you checked the numbers a second time, had a mild heart attack and then hurt yourself shouting and showing the loved ones, would you call your boss? Would you tell his voice mail that you weren’t coming in on Monday because he was an unprintable string of obscenities to you at work? Would you get right good and old skol & play the song “Take this job and shove it” in the background while you did that?

Then, the real question becomes: what would you do when you read this little correction in the Wash Post on Sunday? The one that means you were one of the two that matched 5 numbers for $250,000 but not the Mega Millions for $31 million? That after tax, you were looking at $150,000, a tidy sum yes, but not Mega Millions. Would you call that boss back and beg or stay at home for a year or two?

And would you ever, ever read the Post again?

1 Comment so far

  1. Tom Mills (unregistered) on January 25th, 2006 @ 9:12 am

    Ooh, that’s a hard one. I’d be tempted to use the money as a down payment to buy a place, especially with that 36% off sale.

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