Lottery Mania

$600 million: Is it the American dream or the American nightmare?

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(10) Anonymous, May 30, 2013 10:32 PM

what a kiddush hashem!

its so beautiful to see in ALL the comments that everyone is thinking of others, or their children, or sick people, etc. this is why we are called KLAL YISROEL, THE NATION OF ISRAEL. we are all brothers and sisters and we all take care of each other. this is reason enough for moshiach to come very soon.

(9) Rosen, May 22, 2013 1:41 PM

winning/losing money in the lottery

As it was said in the movie Wall Street: "Once you've had money and lost it, it's worse than never having had it at all."...I feel lucky enough that I have preferred stock that my late grandfather left me in his will/estate where I get (occasional) dividends and redemptions.

(8) Anonymous, May 20, 2013 5:03 PM

I win all the time!

I win the lottery all the time! Whenever I Don't buy a ticket I "win" the price of it!

(7) SusanE, May 20, 2013 4:36 AM

Gamblers All - Lottery isn't harmless fun.

Why are lottery winners broke by year 5 of their winning? Because they are gamblers and don't make good choices or they wouldn't be gamblers. - - - - - - - -

Depending on gambling to have a better life is just like the fat lady buying the magic hundred dollar pill so she will be tall and slender for the rest of her life. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ I didn't play the lottery this time. What would I have done if I had played and won? We'll never know will we?

(6) Lisa, May 20, 2013 3:33 AM

A dollar & a dream...

Buy an amazing apartment in Israel....give lots of $$$$ for cancer research & even more $$$$$ to tzedaka !! If that's a life of misery then sign me up!!

(5) Lynne, May 20, 2013 1:06 AM

What I would do with the winnings.

I would love to have just a few million, much less the whole amount. If I won, I would set up my children in their own homes, and establish trust annuities for them. I have a son who is turning 34 and lives with severe disabilities. He lives at home and always will. I would love to retire so I could be at home for him all the time. I would take him on trips and add rooms to our house so he could have a great play/media room. Of course, the charities that I am associated with would be in great shape. I don't see myself ever being able to retire and that dream is the greatest one I have.

(4) Joan M Jurancich, May 19, 2013 11:07 PM

I have thought about it

even though I seldom buy a ticket. As the rabbi said, first, tzedakah. Then work with my financial planner to plan investments and budgets. I would take care of my mortgage and other bills. Then set up an endowed scholarship program so local students could go to a Jewish school (I'd love to help get one going in Sacramento). And start a building fund for our local Jewish Community Center. There is an old house not too far from the synagogue that is on a wonderful large lot; I'd love to be able to buy it and hire an architect to design a house for me. There is even enough room for a guest house that could be used for Shabbat and holiday visitors. I could make trips to Israel to visit friends without having to worry about the cost.

I seldom buy lottery tickets, and have not really thought about Powerball (I'm not certain that California participates). However, when I do buy a ticket, I only buy one. If HaShem has it planned for me to win, all I need is one ticket.

(3) Marion, May 19, 2013 10:30 PM

If I won lots of money in the lottery... I would too pay the lottery agency to keep my riches private. I would then buy a nice house. I'd then give half of whatever was left over to charity and save the rest of it/pay my student loan, or if my family needed it, I'd give it to them.

(2) Sidney, May 19, 2013 10:25 PM

Ridiculous both Religiously and Mathematically

I buy at most one lottery ticket a year because if G-d (on Rosh Hashanah) wanted me to win why do I have to buy often?

Also I deliberately do not buy when winning would get my name plastered all over the place.

Finally for those of you who want a mathematical argument, your odds of winning the jackpot are the same no matter what the jackpot is but you are more likely to have to share when the jackpot is high. (To improve your odds of being an exclusive winner play high numbers (e.g., in NY Lotto only play numbers over 31 which cannot be the month nor day of month of someone's "lucky date".

(1) Anonymous, May 19, 2013 6:13 PM

$ where $ would be needed it.

To Dream is beautiful. However if it becomes a reality for me, my first practice would be to pay the lottery agency to keep my riches totally private. My next move would be to contact Aish International to find out where Aish projects need money the most so that I can donate as much as I can. Another good portion would go directly to expand the Jewish Pathways program. Then I will turn to my family's needs. I will definitely spend the rest of my funds to spread Torah learning in as many ways as I could. Thank Rabbi Salomon for making us not only to analyse interesting issues, but to dream a little bit too. Thanks again.


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