Why I’m Glad I Didn’t Win the Lottery

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Article by Wendy McCance

The last post I had written was in regards to winning the lottery.  Well, I didn’t win and I’m relieved.  I know this is probably to most people a crazy statement and not what you would expect to hear, but I really started to think about the implications to winning the lottery.

After I had bought my ticket, I went home and had an enormously fun time talking about the what if’s of winning with my family.  We discussed taking a vacation, helping out friends and family who were struggling and where we would like to live (on a lake).  I was surprised at how little the kids would want to buy.  My oldest wanted new clothes and shoes (not surprising as a 16-year-old).  My second oldest just wanted a pool.  She didn’t care about anything else as long as there was a pool to swim in.  My youngest gave the most surprising wish.  He wanted an iPod, nothing else, just an iPod.  I know in general that a wish like a swimming pool is pretty extravagant, but it was just the simplicity of the answers.  There was no long list of I want this or I need that.  Later, after the kids had gone to sleep I got on the internet and looked at homes that would still be within the kid’s school district but with a lake in the backyard.  Seriously, I took this dream and ran with it.

I was going full force and sure that we would win. Our future looked bright and that’s when the doubts started creeping in.  I had seen so many articles about the lottery and about past winners misfortunes.  I figured I should read up on the pitfalls to be prepared before the shock of winning took over.

The stories were sad and full of families falling apart or people going bankrupt.  It seemed the whole world would be knocking on the winners door with horrible stories of why they needed some cash.  I started thinking about the weight of the world on my shoulders and having to hear about so much despair and heartache.  What about crazy people stalking my family or terrorizing the kids.  Honestly, the whole idea started to freak me out.  There was so much news coverage regarding this particular lottery because of its historical nature.  Surely, every person would be curious who won.  How would you keep your anonymity?  Even if you got an attorney and put together a blind trust, there would still be people who would know.  The knowledge of knowing the winner might be too much for friends and family.  Who knew if they would tell their closest confidant.

So in the end, I panicked.  I felt ill and wished for us not to win.  Now I know why I never play the lottery.  I don’t have the fortitude to deal with the consequences.  disappointing, maybe, but in the end I learned that family and the happiness I have with what I’ve got feels better than the unknown and possibly scary position I would find myself in as a lottery winner.

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Wendy McCance

Wendy McCance is a Michigan based freelance writer and social media consultant. Wendy has gained attention as the founder of the popular blog Searching for the Happiness which can be viewed in 6 local papers online, including the Oakland Press.The combination of writing skills and social media knowledge is what makes Wendy such a powerhouse to work with. Stay tuned for opportunities to advertise, guest post and as always, have your questions answered.

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8 thoughts on “Why I’m Glad I Didn’t Win the Lottery

  1. Thanks for your honesty. I’ve felt that ‘fear of being overwhelmed’ before in my life, yet this time I surprisingly smiled soon after I purchased my tickets — as I finally felt a sense of confidence that I could handle whatever might happen. I’m no superhuman — & I’m sure I’d feel the jolt & impact like other ‘winners’ have; yet I think I’ve finally arrived at that ‘place’ where I’m ‘as ready as can be’ to deal with ‘whatever happens’, whether positive or otherwise. Ironically, my ‘surviving life’s unexpected challenges’ seems to have better prepared me than my ‘past successes’.
    As much as we emphasize the value of our individual strengths in life & our ability to compete, we each & all are individually vulnerable. And that sense of ‘being vulnerable’ is perhaps the glue that best unites us. Despite the challenges of these difficult recent times, I’m also getting the sense that more of us are recognizing this as well. It’ kind of fascinating how difficult times as well as outlandish successes can serve to realign us with basic supportive human values. Thanks again for your observations as well.

    • I really enjoyed your comment.  I like the way you are looking at the idea of winning.  It sounds like you have experienced enough in your life that you can handle whatever might land in your lap.  Thanks so much for commenting.


  2. I think I have a solution to your problem. Do the lottery, if your numbers come up, you’ll have the elation of winning. Then give all the money to me, and you’ll have none of the worries that you talk about. This could be the ultimate win-win situation???

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