We often wish for things that we probably shouldn’t. I remember in middle school we were studying the middle ages and our teacher went off on a tangent about how little girls all say they want to be a Princess but what a horrible life it was. After all, Disney has about a dozen movies where the protagonist is a Princess and she lives happily ever after. The teacher went into the real life of a Princess which basically consisted of living in a cold, dark castle in an age of disease and pestilence where people are plotting to kill you and your husband despises you. She didn’t keep going into the details I understand now after reading more and watching movies and shows like The Tudors, The Other Boleyn Girl and others, but it is evident to me now, it’s probably not a life most present day American women would cherish. Life in the middle ages was miserable, especially for a woman.
Winning the Lottery Would Actually Suck
This sounds counter-intuitive. After all, if it stinks so bad, why do millions of people spend their money each week chasing the dream? Well, if you can actually overcome the incredible odds and justify the virtual assured loss of money over decades chasing this dream, once you actually hit it, your life is pretty much over – if you hit a big one (small winnings are shown to have little impact on a person’s life). In tale after tale, lottery winners opine on how life was before they won and how they wish they could take it back. Here are just a couple real-life examples of lottery winners’ misery:
- Extortion and Threats
- Friends and Family badgering you for funds
Are these just sensational anecdotal accounts? Not quite.
While it’s a bit dated, there’s an oft-cited study showing that lottery winners were no happier than a control group – nor were they happier than paraplegics after a period of time. Seriously. Think about life with no arms and no legs. Then think about winning the lottery. How could they be roughly equivalent?
Imagine a day where everything changes, everyone you know thinks of you differently, and everyone who wants to know you in the future is a suspect. When a distant relative wants to connect, is it authentic or do they want your money? When a woman takes a liking to you, does she like you or your money? When you go out to dinner with friends, who pays? After all, you’re rich now. But are you offending them by always paying? Should you help out every friend and family member who’s down on their luck? How could you not? Are you greedy? It would be a different life. Misery.
Does This Make You Want to Go Buy a Lottery Ticket?
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