Evvvvvvveryone is getting carried away with Powerball. For those of you residing in other countries or under rocks, our 44-state lottery has reached a record-setting jackpot of $1.3 billion. Yes, billion. Mike has participated in an office pool for the last two drawings (total winnings so far: $11), and I’ve twice run over to our local donut shop to get a ticket. Annabel and James always win, because I buy them donut holes, too.

The psychology of these huge lotteries always strikes me as a little bizarre (and I say that as someone who is holding onto a ticket for tomorrow’s drawing). Everyone buys a ticket when the prize is huge, but it actually makes a lot more sense to buy a ticket for the smaller lottery games (you know, where your chances of winning are a far more reasonable 1 in 258,890,850 instead of Powerball’s 1 in 292,201,338). It’s also kind of funny how everyone thinks they have a chance despite the long, long, looooong odds. Someone at the donut shop said, “I might as well buy a ticket, someone has to win, right?” Except…no. That’s why the jackpot is so high, because no one has won the last several drawings!

I saw a tweet today that said:

Chances of getting into an accident when texting: 1 in 4.
“Won’t happen to me.”

Chances of winning Powerball: 1 in 298 million
“You never know!” 

Mike and I have been enjoying the “you never know” of it and spent last night talking about what we’d do with our billion dollars. Annabel wasn’t too interested in our discussions about charities and investments, and didn’t tune in until we started talking about moving into a 5,000 square foot apartment on Park Avenue or a beachfront mansion on Maui. That’s when she informed us she loved our home and didn’t want to move.

Mike: But we could live anywhere in the entire world!
Me: Yeah! We could live down the road from the future king of England, or buy an island in Dubai!

Annabel wasn’t having it, though. She wants to stay here no matter what (which is sweet, really). So, if we hit it big we’ll be right here…but I will have some really nice shoes.

Who’s playing? What will you do with your winnings? I know of a really great charity