Last week when the lottery jackpot hit $175 million or some ridiculously high figure like that, several of my co-workers pooled their money and bought two sets of lottery tickets – one on Wednesday when it was $150 million and then when they did not win, they pooled again and of course did not win. Both times, I was asked to participate and I chose not to. I was not pious about it, but I like what Dave Ramsey calls the lottery – a stupid tax. I am not a proponent of any form of gambling and the lottery is just another form of it, albeit cloaked in the guise of helping education.
With the economy struggling and people losing their jobs, etc. I was tempted.. for a second, but I decided not to.
What could have happened if I had played and won?
1. I would have had to split $150-175 million with six other people
2. I would have lost my testimony for the Lord
3. I would have brought shame and reproach upon the church I am a member of and the seminary I attend. I would have probably been church disciplined and expelled from seminary…
4. I would not have been able to tell anyone
5. I would have been hounded by all sorts of people looking for a free handout. Long lost relatives would have been coming out of the woodwork!
6. I would have probably lost some friends, but gained some “friends” (notice the quotation marks)
7. I would have been able to quit my job
8. I would have a lot of money, but what would I have taught my wife and son?
9. I would have violated my conscience regarding what I believe regarding gambling.
10) I would have had a lot of money, but would have been very miserable…
I am glad that I stepped back and did not participate… but I was tempted.