Getting caught up in lottery fever - Catholic Courier

Getting caught up in lottery fever

A dollar and a dream. Well, in the case of the Powerball frenzy that is consuming many people’s thoughts and conversations as the prize balloons to $1 billion, that dream now costs $2.

All this attention to the lottery also brings up other adages: Money is the root of all evil. Money doesn’t buy you happiness. Anecdotal evidence has even shown that winners of such large sums often end up with new problems, and some have returned to where they started.

Of course, it’s human nature to think of all the things we can do with that kind of money, both selfishly and altruistically. We would help out our families and travel the world, as well as give to the church and other worthwhile organizations.

I won’t deny that my family gets caught up in the daydreaming. We wouldn’t have to worry about the upcoming college costs we will face for our oldest child. I could start that foundation I have always dreamed of to help underprivileged students who want to attend college but are unable to not only because of the associated college costs, but all the fees and lack of access to information about the application process itself.

If you sit down and think, though, about the loss of anonymity and remembering how Jesus felt about these matters, winning starts to lose its luster.

My resolution for 2016, before any of this lottery hype, focused on being grateful every day for all that I have: an awesome family, amazing friends, good health, a great faith community, work that I love and feel honored to do. Would winning a billion dollars really improve my quality of life? Or haven’t I already scored big in the lottery of life?


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