The Maryland Lottery used to have a commercial jingle that said, "You gotta play to win."
I mean, for all I know, that's still their jingle. I tune it out because the whole lottery thing just never worked for me. I have bought tickets from time to time, and I wanna tell you, if there were a prize for having the FEWEST matching numbers, I'd be a millionaire.
I'm so lottery-unlucky, sometimes my ticket has letters, instead of numbers.
And they spell out SORRY PAL.
So don't take me to the Farm Store when you're getting in line for your lottos or scratchers. Instead, find this guy. Somewhere in Maryland there is a 75-year-old man who just pulled in $20,000 on a scratch-off ticket.
And seven years ago, he won $30,000 the same way.
The man told the lottery officials that he bought three "$250,000 Rich" scratch-offs at Downtown Tobacco in Lexington Market, and all of them were duds.
So he dug a little deeper and bought a fourth ticket, and Bingo!
Or Scratcho!, more accurately.
"I just really like scratch-offs," the man said. "I try to get a few every time I'm out."
The man (the news story I saw did not mention his name) plans to share his loot with his family, and save the rest.
Now, a lot of people would tell him to save that money! At 75, he should plan to live to be 95, and set something aside for rainy days.
And I would tell him he can plan to win three or four more times in the next twenty years, so live a little!