Gambling Preys on the Weak — And We Love It

The predatory MegaMillions is at an all-time record $1.6 Billion — and that has me really excited.

The lottery and gambling are predatory industries and addictive vices that prey on the weak and poor — THAT BEING SAID, I do think these record lottery payouts are fun (because I’m a hypocrite) and I do think games of chance are one of the most interesting and fun forms of human boredom-alleviation.

I don’t think there is any other time where adults become so child-like and imaginative. You could put me on a deserted island for 5 years, and if the boat captain, as s/he steers the vessel away from the shore, shouts to me:

“If you won a billion dollars, what would you do with it? How would your life change?”

I would be fully mentally occupied upon their return. Nothing gets people’s minds racing much like the hypothetical of never having to contribute to the labor force and being able to have elite capital in a society that values it above everything else.

Gambling and the lottery give poor people a false hope of attaining what they have a near-zero chance of obtaining — either through luck or hard work — and it is sickening. But sometimes that .00005% is enough to get people up in the morning and get excited about life. Because, at the end of the day, we all still have some youthful ignorance and hope deep down inside of us. Some of us get that erased — day after day — but I think it’s times like this (during record-number lottery jackpots) that we all allow ourselves to become a little more youthful, playful, imaginative — regardless of our financial standing or pecking-order in society.

So, anyway…let yourself dream. If I win, I’m starting an “Impact Investing” organization with the money (after buying myself a nice leather jacket). All $900 million+ cash going toward causes that improve the world. You can hold me to that. I’m gonna go dream about it now — my new career as a self-funded (well, lottery-funded) social impact investor. Wish me luck!

Edit: I won! Cool.