Grant McGee: Don’t bet on winning big

I got busted the other day.

The Lady of the House found out I’ve been spending money on lottery tickets.

Actually it wasn’t so much that I got busted as I told her.

“Oh well we didn’t win the $20 million last night,” I said.

“I didn’t know we were buying lottery tickets,” she said with raised eyebrows.

I knew I was in trouble now.

“You gotta be in it to win it,” I said with a sheepish grin.

“What’s that, some advertising slogan?”

“If you’re not in it you can’t win it.” I said.

“How much are you spending?” asked The Lady of the House.

“Ahhh, umm, only 4 bucks a week. When I won I was going to

surprise you with a wheelbarrow full of cash.”

“Only 4 bucks a week. That’s $16 a month! Let’s see, 52 weeks, that’s…that’s over $200 a year. We’d be better off if you just stuffed that in a cookie jar every week.”

“Well its only 200 bucks, we could win BIG.”

“Yeeeeah,” said The Lady of the House, “That’s not gonna happen.”

“Why not?”

“I’ve never won anything in my life,” she said. “Even when I was a kid at birthday parties I never won anything. All my life, stuff like supermarket drawings, church raffles, cake walks, you name it; I never, ever win.”

“Well other people win.” I said.

“Well that’s their destiny,” she said. “It’s not mine. And if you hang with me you share my destiny.”

“Well how do we get ahead? How do we get that RV so we can just travel around the country doing nothing? How do we get that island getaway in the Caribbean?” I asked.

“We do it the old-fashioned way, we earn it,” she said, looking me square in the eye.

“Now THAT’S an advertising slogan,” I said.

Grant McGee is a long-time broadcaster and former truck driver who rides bicycles and likes to talk about his many adventures on the

road of life. Contact him at: bikedude@plateautel.net