Lotteries and the Publisher's Clearing House
Why do we bother?
I remember being so desperate to find another job one year I took $150.00 of my $250.00 bonus and spent it on scratchoffs. I didn't have my own vehicle since my job didn't pay me enough so that I could afford one and my home as well. I was trapped in a dead end job because i couldn't afford to leave. Out of those scratchoffs I won $75.00 so I turned that in for more scratchoffs and lost the rest of what I put out. A foolish move. A desperate reach for help from an unreliable source.
Ever since my employer went under in August of 2010 I have spent countless hours on Publishers Clearing House sites hoarding entries, playing scratch offs and searching in order to be eligible to win. In that time I won not even a single $5 gift card! Not even a dollar bill! What a waste of my time and energy. Not only that but how depressing. After applying to jobs week after week and getting hardly a response you look for a little light at the end of the tunnel but the only thing I ever received was a feeling of hopelessness and despair.
Recently there was a huge lottery won by the Three Amigos. They were three friends who worked in the same location in Maryland and get to split over 200 million beans! I felt so happy for these folks. Every once in a while the American dream is still realized.
That's it in a nutshell though. The only piece of the once lauded American dream left for the native citizen is a feint hope of winning the lottery. Foreigners still have the dream working for them. They get a seven year span in which they do not have to pay taxes while working here. Many send that money back to where they came from, further injuring our ailing economy. They get big breaks on education loans and they practice nepotism as business owners, not hiring anyone but their own kind.
How much money have poor people wasted on lottery tickets? How many people with gambling issues have lost everything to this easy access money pit? I find it sad that this what the "Dream" has become.
I have often said to parents of troubled young lads that the issue is not you as parents, its the fact that we have left little for following generations to discover. Information is instantly there in the form of TV and Internet. No longer do young lads feel the need to travel the lands and find their destiny. No longer do girls sit home waiting for these adventurous go getters to take them away from it all so they can start a new family. Things have changed, flipped and twisted to the point that there is so little to look forward to discovering, much of the excitement of life is gone.
As a teenager my parents made the poor decision to move to an isolated town. On one side a major oil corporation. On another side an impassable creek, another the delaware river and the last a major highway. The town was trapped in a square. Juvenile delinquents were the order of the day merely because kids were bored out of their minds. There was nowhere to go. Nowhere to explore and there was not even a place they could lawfully gather without being harrassed by the cops. Yet parents had the nerve to pretend they didnt understand why this was happening!
Now as an adult I see that though I no longer live in that social prison i am still caught in a box. I received a nice little letter from Careerbuilder in response to one of my applications. It told me the statistics of the application. It said, Thank you for applying. You are one of 372 applicants to this position. Average experience 3-6 years, average distance from location - 20 miles.
That was a punch in the face. Really. The number counters keep lying to the public and saying unemployment is down. People run out of unemployment and are no longer monitored by the system. These people are now either homeless because they ran out of funds to pay their bills or they are relying on loved ones to carry them. Unmentioned in the news is the suicide rate, which has been growing for the last ten years. Some people would rather die than ask for help. They would rather end it all than hold out their hands and be looked down upon with derision by their peers. I call this economical bullying.
The lottery and PCH are not helping. They are hurting. I know the money that they rake in goes toward charities and taxes but none of that money goes toward helping all the people who are losing everything because of the lack of jobs. No one is helping those people and I hate to point this out but I witnessed this happening. If those folks are white they are a lot less likely to get the help they need, at least here in Jersey. The lottery is doing nothing but distracting people and providing false hope to the desperate.
How sad that there is no hope. How sad that the system demands so much from the everyday person but gives so little in return. What is this place I find myself living in? What happened to the endless possibilities? What became of the American Dream? Without these two things I find myself questioning everything. If the hopes of lifting myself past my parent's station in life is improbable and next to impossible why do I bother? What is the point?
I find myself rooting for the unarmed bank robbers. They hand over a note, threaten harm and walk out with the money! The money is insured so who gets hurt? Sounds easier than winning the lottery. Desperate times breed desperate men who do what they must in veritable desperation. Are there truly evil men or different levels of desperation? The cost of living in Jersey has created a new wave of crime all across the state. Did you know that the USA is the only nation that contracts out its prison systems? They are actually making money on the desperate men doing desperate things. Yet another sector of fat rich bastards who are working against the good of all in order to fill their pockets.
Ah well, let me stop here. Let me count my quarters and see how many lottery tickets i can afford tonight. Let me check my email and see if the PCH is actually not a scam. Let me enjoy the roof over my head while I'm still getting unemployment. Desperation is around the bend. All I have to look forward to as a tax paying, hard working, conscientious citizen is winning the lottery. I should have been a drug addict.
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