Breaking News: The Powerball is $1,500,000,000. At 10:59PM tonight, the numbers will be drawn, and in an instant, lives can be changed.
Alright, this isn't breaking news to any of us. In fact, I've witnessed more of you buy Powerball tickets in the past days than some of you have ever purchased in your lifetime. So why now? You weren't content with wanting to win a measly $100 million before? You had to wait until it reached above $800 million for you to want it? You greedy bastards.
Sorry. Forgive me. I don't mean that. (I have a point in my ramblings, I swear.)
Why now? Why now have we decided to take the gamble?
Because you've allowed yourself to dream. You've given yourself the opportunity to imagine the impossible. And boy, is it ever the sweetest reality.
I know you've done it. We've all had the conversations of what we'd do when we'd hit the jackpot. We'd buy that house in Hawaii and we'd purchase the private plane to fly us back and forth. But a jackpot of $1.5 billion? WHOA.
Frankly (and yes, I'm going to be that person), I don't need that much money. The other morning, I laid in bed making a mental list of all the people I'd help, of all the students whose loans I'd pay off, of all the differences $1.5 billion could make...
My point is: We all are willing to take a risk when we can imagine how great the reward. And the risk for us is minor... a $20 ticket for a chance at $1.5 billion. Your odds of getting crushed by a vending machine are greater, but yet we see the opportunity with a low risk and a very high reward. What do have you to lose? That $20 ticket will be nothing once your monetary worth is anything greater than six digits.
So if there's any advice I could give you, it's simple: Don't be a bastard.
Whether you have $1.5 billion or $150 to your name, there's still good to be done in this lifetime. Sometimes, that good is even totally free. (Try smiling at strangers.)
We play the lottery every single day. Every day we're alive, we've been given the opportunity to do something. Imagine the difference 1.5 billion people could make; if only we'd take a moment to be kind to and understanding of others. Don't just be good, but do good too.
Good luck to you tonight. Though, there's no luck involved... This is your fate.
"I have no special talent.