Time for a lottery ticket

October 15, 2011
I’m getting desperate enough that I’m thinking of forgetting the jackpot alerts and just buying a ticket each week regardless.

The local  news is reporting on the district’s fiscal solvency and the state’s ability to pay as promised or possibly cut the budgets mid-year.

It is really depressing.

Not to mention the attacks on our  promised raises in 2012 and 2013. I depend on those to be able to retire. If they take those away, I’ll have to work until I’m 67. Or maybe 72. *IF* I’m not RIFd to make room for those cheap, new teachers straight out of college. (Like there are going to be many of them in the future. I think in a few years there will be very few teachers coming out of universities.)  It will be much better *IF* I could be in a library full time but there is no guarantee of that either. It’s possible the district could demand the prep time program be dismantled as a cost cutting measure as well. Without prep time I’m back in a classroom. No music. No libraries. I don’t want to spend my last few years teaching math to sixth grades hour after hour, day after day, year after  year.

It’s getting so the lottery is my only chance.

Me and the other 99%.


Taxing the poor

September 25, 2011

No, I’m not talking about Boeher and the Republibaggers. (yet)

I’m talking about the lottery. The wealthy don’t play the lottery. They don’t need to. It is only the poor that play. It is an act of desperation. It is an additional few dollars a week wasted in the desperation that they might get lucky. No, chronic gamblers don’t play the lottery because they know what a scam it is. But for the working poor, the lottery is a dream that only costs a few dollars a week. Someone wins. Why not me? The odds may be a billion to one, but that only means I have just as much chance as anyone else of winning. And if I do, I’m set for life; all of my worries are pretty much gone. Yes. Money can buy happiness.

And speaking of scams, in California they passed the lottery law promising that any money raised would supplement schools. That lasted exactly one year. Then the legislature passed a law and the lottery money went into the general fund as part of school funding. So for every dollar the lottery raises, a dollar is withheld by the state. So SCHOOL FUNDING STAYS THE SAME! Nope, school just can’t win.

So beware what crap the G NO P feeds you about making taxes fair for everyone. It’s all a lie. A lie designed to get the rich out of paying their fair share and balancing their budgets on the poor, their budgets that benefit the rich and not the poor (because they are eliminating all of the programs that are designed to benefit the poor). Oh, and you middle class people? You think you’re middle class? Look again. You’re sinking farther and farther down into poor territory.

Most of all, take a close look at the income and taxes of the people that are telling you, you should pay more, or you should GET less. There’s a good chance they have MILLIONs of dollars.

And you don’t.

Unless you win the lottery.


Desperate times. Desperate measures.

February 1, 2011

I bought a lottery ticket today. Five in fact. With repeats for this week and next week. So it’s good today, Friday, and next week on Tuesday and Friday. One ticket with my numbers, four quick picks. $20.

The pot tonight is around $91 million dollars. I don’t usually play, but for a pot that big, I do. I had to fill out a slip twice because I did it wrong the first time. There is a special running this month with the local indian casino for a second chance at a $5,000 drawing. I registered and put in my four numbers. I’ll have more since as long as the pot hasn’t been won, I’ll be playing this same slip until the end of the month.

My chance of getting all five numbers and the meganumber is one in 175 million. That’s doable. Or I should say I have the same chances of winning as anyone else. So why not me?

If I won, I think I’d retire the minute I got the first check.