So there I was, falling in line again in a lotto outlet in Mandaluyong with my six-digit number combination. For the nth time, there was no winner in the almost 700 million pot of the 6/55 Grand Lotto. The line was already long. Like the people ahead of me in the line, I am also paying 20 pesos to dream, to hope.
Yes, I am paying to dream. I am paying to hope. For only 20 pesos, the dream of an instant infinite material gain may come true. For only 20 pesos, lotto adds a little plausibility to our dream of becoming insanely wealthy even if the chance is only one is to 28 million.
For majority of Filipinos in C and D bracket, like me, we dream for a better life. We strive for hope that one day we “instantly” get out of the dump we struggled to survive everyday which I think many call it life.
Everyone has its own hell to live with and to live by. The devil in this hell is not the evil one depicted in biblical stories. The devil here is , as philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer puts it, desire. Desire is the devil. We always desire for something that we don’t have. Desire is human nature. It’s an urge to want more than what people already have. We desire for a better life and 700 million pesos can buy us everthing that we desire materially.
Let’s dream. Imagine you win the lotto. You are now 700 million richer. What would you do? Ofcourse it is only logical that the first thing you would do is address all the basic needs in Maslow’s heirarchy of needs such as shelter, food and others. If you are in business, perhaps you will grow it into an empire with all the capital in your hands. If you are a struggling minimum wage earner or if you are employed, you will most likely to resign and say goodbye to everything and everyone that has given you all the negative adjectives that can be said to a person directly or indirectly.
And what would I do if I win the lotto? I would be an existentialist and ponder on the meaning of life. I always want to become an existentialist but the need to earn a living prevents me from becoming one. But this is another topic.
Like what I said in my previous blog about lotto, it’s not about winning the grand prize, it’s is about hoping your dreams would become reality. And we pay at least 20 pesos for that.
My Rule of Thumb for another shot at the 700 million lotto grand prize: THUMBS UP.
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