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Our Neighbor Just Won The Lottery And We Know It

Updated on May 23, 2011

You should know upfront that this is going to be completely useless hub. But I figured since I have been writing helpful how-to articles since time immemorial, I could use a bit of break and talk about something mundane. Something like the life of one of our neighbour.

Only this time, it is not too mundane. It isn’t every day that someone your family knows had the good fortune of winning the lottery. I mean, what are the odds?

Whenever I pass by the place where people buy lottery tickets, the line would always be unbearably long. I also thought of joining but for the life of me, I couldn’t dredge up my brain for the requisite numbers. There are just too many numbers. And all of them appeals to me.

I haven’t had much luck in winning something anyway. Not even in high school when all I wanted was that new set of television. I used to think I couldn’t win draw lots or even bingo even if I have only one competition.

But since I was neither desperate nor destitute, I decided to let go of my lottery dreams. They were too far-fetched anyway.

Recipes For Winning The Lottery

I haven’t gotten around to interviewing my neighbour about her chance winning and I probably never will considering the fact that I don’t really personally know her but I figured she probably has something up her sleeves to make her win the lottery.

1. Dedication

I immediately thought of the extreme devotion to joining the lottery on a weekly basis as a part of the formula for winning. But I have to rule this out considering there were reports of winners who only joined once.

2. Luck

You really really have to be in the good graces of luck if you want to win anything.

3. Powerful brain waves

I used to practice this before. I would stare at my bedroom’s ceiling for a few minutes every night channeling my brain waves into envisioning an affluent future. My imagination is so vivid that I almost believed it. Almost.

But according to that best selling book The Secret, positive thinking can do wonders. If one only bothers to focus his or her brain waves into all things positive, there is a higher chance of getting what one wants to get.

It’s not that simple though. You brain waves have to be in sync with what you are feeling. So even if you are envisioning a bright future but your heart has already lost hope, it wouldn’t work.

Lottery And Our Culture

I don’t know about you but I get pretty scared of easy money. I hate the feeling of getting a taste of affluence only to find out that it’s temporary. I mean, how are you supposed to go back to your old meagre life?

I guess it has been ingrained in most of us that success can only be measured in terms of money. You are only as successful as how much money is in your bank account.

I don’t know where winning the lottery stands. I am still confused as to whether or not to consider this as a form of success or merely as a stroke of luck.

I live in a neighbourhood infested with gossipmongers. It is probably why I have taken to working inside the comforts of my own home. I hate to be associated with people who eat gossip for breakfast.

Imagine them having a field day when they heard our neighbour just won the lottery. Almost immediately, they began to speculate on what she will do with the money. Many suggested she should put up a resort business or a vacation spot.

I laughed out loud when I heard them say she should lie on her heaps of money first to get a taste of what being rich feels like.

And predictably, they were also expecting “balato”. Balato is the vernacular of “giveaway” or a part of a winning.

To my knowledge, some of these neighbors don’t get along well with the person who won the lottery. But the way they are acting, it is a as if she has some kind of obligation to give a part of her winning to them.

Lottery Mistake

I heard she passed out when she first heard she won the lottery. Who could blame her? With the money she will get, she’ll be setting up for an early retirement. She can afford to travel around the world in style. She can eat all the gourmet food she wants to eat.

But because of the ruckus she made when she passed out, everyone already knows her secret. It makes me wonder if someone is already plotting her early demise or someone is arranging to acquire her newfound wealth.

It also makes me think that I am lucky. Lucky I don’t have such a burden.


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    • kmnoto profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from La Union, Philippines

      Thank you! :)

    • Carlon Michelle profile image

      Carlon Michelle 

      7 years ago from USA

      I didn't think this article was mundane at all. I found it rather insightful. Thanks for sharing. Smile!

    • kmnoto profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from La Union, Philippines

      @someonewhoknows: I would be too scared to win the lottery. It's such a big responsibility.

    • someonewhoknows profile image


      7 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      So,true! Wealth can be a burden.


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