Music group the Barenaked Ladies sings about having a million dollars. Thereís a whole list of stuff the guys in the band would do and get, and not much of it is very extravagant Ė itís odd, but not too extravagant.
Letís write a song Ė or at least make a list Ė called ďIf I Had 10 Dollars.Ē What would I do with that? Buying a lottery ticket is probably one of the last things Iíd do, especially if I were raising two kids. Then again, in hindsight itís probably the best thing Kirby and Marie Fontaine did. After all, they just won $50 million on the lottery.
Youíre going to read this and I know youíre going to think, ďGet over it, JB. Youíre jealous.Ē But thatís not the point. I wouldnít want that much money.
And yes, leave it to me to be critical about such a joyous and life-changing time for the Manitoba couple, but as we hear the back story it tends to make me wonder some things.
If someone has a history of health troubles like Kirby does, why is a lottery ticket on the shopping list? If I have kids to raise, why is a lottery ticket on the shopping list?
I made a list of the things Iíd get if I only had $10:
-bottle of water
-loaf of bread
-box of cereal
-carton of milk
-newspaper (to search job ads)
-a few quarters to use a payphone
It took me a few minutes to think of that list and even after writing it all down I still think it would total more than $10. The last thing in my mind would be hitting a casino or spending it recklessly on a lottery ticket.
Yes, it worked for this couple, but will this prompt other people with even less money to take that risk and buy a ticket in the hopes of winning big only to be needing every penny immediately after?
Thatís my whole point today: Iím happy for these people but at the same time, it could be sending a bad message to others that itís a smart gamble to take when $10 doesnít go a long way these days.