Lottery — The Enemy of Getting Rich

Only a handful of people see themselves getting rich by working hard.

Would that group be significantly bigger without the lottery?

Especially in my home country, Finland, the mentality is that “Oh, if I ever won in lottery, I would buy this, do this and have this. I would have a such a happy life with all that money.”

More than two million Finnish play lottery every week. About four million play lottery from time to time.

Nearly no-one sees any other way to get rich. And I am not talking about billionaires or even millionaires.

I am talking about money-careless living. Oh, well, in reality nobody never stops thinking about money. But there is a difference between thinking “Can I afford this holiday because I just paid all bills?” and not to worry about that.

Work — uncomfortable way to get rich. Photo by eneas

A world without lottery

Acknowledged. A world without lottery does not automatically generate more entrepreneurs and companies to business and add welfare to society.

Also it is not guaranteed that if there is no lottery = people want a replacement for the excitement / habit.

But this is something that I have experienced in my own life. When people have less options, they are more active. More creative. Swiping lottery off from the list of to-dos in the weekends would decrease the amount of options.

Especially the options how you can become rich.

Less options, more determined work?

I want to play with the thought that if there wasn’t lottery, would that change anything.

In Finland, we do not know a life without lottery. It has been there more than 40 years. It provides Saturday excitement, it brings families together, it makes you dream…

What if even one or two percent of those two million weekly lottery players started thinking other ways of becoming rich. What if schools taught us how to dream and how to pursue them.

Would more people want to create their own dreams rather than building someone elses as employees?

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