Playing the lottery is very often a good waste of money. You know the old axiom: You’re more likely to get struck by lightning, etc, than win. But hey, counterargument: Someone’s gotta win. Why not you?
That tension — between faith and cynicism — was thrown into dramatic relief by the Blackwells of Leicester, North Carolina.
Glenda, 57, bought a $10 Carolina Millions scratch-off ticket Saturday, instead of the two Powerball tickets her husband requests. Her reasoning was simple: Spite.
“I was going to be ugly and buy a scratch-off to show him they didn’t hit,” Blackwell told WLOS. “Sometimes I get aggravated with him, so I tell him, ‘You’re just wasting your money.’ ”
Her plan backfired dramatically, and in the best way possible: Blackwell’s ticket wound up winning her $1,000,000, a lump sum of $415,503 after taxes.
“I had to eat my words, but they were worth eating,” Blackwell said while laughing. “So, I was very happy.”
For the first time in her life, Glenda said she and her husband haven’t had to worry about money.
“We’ve struggled a lot, so now we can buy our own home and our own land. It’ll be paid for and I don’t have to worry about that no more,” Blackwell said. “So, that’s what I plan to do with some of the money and the other part I plan to help my daughter and to put money up for my two granddaughters for college.”
And in case you were wondering, she hasn’t caught the bug: Glenda says she won’t be buying any more tickets