Whenever I see someone win a good amount on a lottery ticket, it makes me sad a little.
I mean, it's good that they won, but when the person that won hardly plays the lottery, then that's when it begins.
I see this all the time. A customer will play a lottery ticket for the fun of it, or happen to get some instant tickets for his/her birthday.
If they happen to win, great. Right?
Not really. The other day we had this regular customer come in that never plays the lottery. Well, he came in with a $1,000 winning ticket. For some reason we seem to sell a TON of $1,000 ticket winners, but never really anything higher.
But anyways, he came in wanting to know where to cash the ticket. Any amount over $500 has to be cashed at the bank nearby, so I told him where to go and gave him my congratulations.
The next day I see him come in and he's getting more lottery tickets. This was a guy that NEVER bought tickets because he couldn't afford it.
And so this is where it starts. This is where his lottery ticket addiction will start...all because he won $1,000 at our store.
And that's how the lottery draws people in. It's kind of sad. And we see this happen ALL the time.
The people that come in and play $300 worth of tickets a day...well, they won a big amount too a long time ago and their lottery addiction grew in the hopes that they would win again.
What's even worse is that on the back of the lottery tickets they give the hotline number for Gamblers Anonymous. Kinda like saying 'Well, we got you addicted, but here's the number if you want to call and get help. But we think you should play another ticket instead. It might be the big winner this time!"
I hate the lottery.