Editorial: Powerball-live beyond the chance

You are not going to win the Powerball. You won’t even know the person who wins the Powerball. So why do you get so inebriated with the thought of winning?
In early January, the Powerball pot reached $1.5 billion, which led to people running to gas stations everywhere to get lottery tickets. This, in turn, led other people to scoff and wonder why people are so willing to throw away money.

Your chances of winning only go down, especially with a pot of that size. In fact, according to New York Times, the chance of winning that pot was one in 292.2 million. Let’s put that into perspective. TIME says the chance of dying from an asteroid strike is one in 74.8 million. They also state that the chance of being struck by lightning is one in 1.1 million. You are more likely to die from an asteroid strike or be struck by lightning than to win the Powerball.

Most of us aren’t very concerned with asteroids or lightning, so why do we believe we have a chance of winning the Powerball?

Why do we insist on throwing money towards this cause? Why not spend it on things that matter? Why not invest it?

America is going through an interesting and complicated change. The nation is growing more progressive, but has a strong foundation and roots that refuse to give way. We have gone from laughing at the idea of certain presidential candidates to becoming bewildered and wondering if the joke will end.

Just about everybody is on edge for one reason or another in today’s society. Americans are desperate for some sort of escape. That’s what the fantasy of winning the Powerball is, a form of escape. Buying that three dollar ticket helps block out the noise of all the ongoing turmoil in this nation.

That lottery ticket provides fantasies of fulfilling our wildest dreams. Even if it is just for one day, people are able to unplug from their day-to-day lives to indulge in their imaginations.

Sure, a lottery ticket isn’t necessarily required to live like that, but for some people who are so woven in their routine, it may take that great temptation.
The miniscule chance of winning the Powerball goes beyond any amount of money. It’s about offering everyday people a chance to put their daily problems on the back burner, for better or worse and focus on true desires.

There is no problem with being excited about the Powerball. The problem is that we live in a society that must be met with $1.5 billion to use their imaginations and visualize their dreams.