Lessons from Lotto

Great news: three people won the Mega Millions lottery, which is awesome for them, but for the rest of America not so good. It means just three people -- one in Kansas, another in Illinois and one more in Maryland -- will each get $213 million before taxes. Everyone else? Well, we have to get up and go to work tomorrow. For this lottery, Americans with "a dollar and a dream" had a one-in-176-million chance of winning and spent $1.5 billion for the opportunity to win $347 million after the feds took their share.  Other than the fact that you have a better chance of being hit by lightning twice than winning, the lotto teaches us many things. One Mega Millions hopeful from Kansas, Bill Isles, was literally struck by lightning after buying three tickets -- and still lost. Nevertheless, if you listen closely to the amateur gamblers and dream-chasing ticket buyers, what is revealed at every Mega Millions drawing is a level of generosity intrinsic to the American people Maribeth Ptak of...(Read Full Post)