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Five Reasons I DON'T Want to win the Lottery

Updated on June 5, 2011

1. Inexperience

That much power in the hands of a twenty one year old? I wouldn’t know what to do with it. I wouldn’t know what I should do with it. With no experience and very little knowledge, how could I know where to put my money, who I should give to or what causes I should be supporting. Can you imagine how stressful trying to do the right thing with all that money would be? What if I blew all of it? How foolish would I be if I got a free million bucks and then a few years later had nothing?


2. Guilt

Winning the Lottery would provide me with a lot of money that I did nothing to earn. It would require no sacrifice and no hard work. I wouldn’t have deserved the money, I wouldn’t have earned it. I just would have gotten lucky. Knowing this, and looking around at the millions of people who have so much less despite working so hard, how could I stand myself? Furthermore, I could not satiate this guilt with giving because how would I know who to give to and how much? Should I give a lot to my best friend and not so much to someone I hardly know. Or donate it all to a charity? These would be difficult questions, questions that I don’t have the life experience to answer.

3. Blindness

That much money could easily cause me to lose sight of what is really important in life. Having so much power and freedom would almost certainly make me less dependent on God, and I am not spiritually mature enough to handle that temptation of independence. Not only that, but in having so much security, my fear of uncertainty would surely rise to previously unimagined heights. With the ability to acquire every pleasure I might want on earth, I may be much less likely to want to give up earth. This again is a temptation I am not prepared for. Jesus says:

“Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.” ~Luke 17:33

It is already difficult enough to give up my life. I don’t need any more difficulty!

4. Sloth

Having everything I need provided for me would make it far more difficult to get up and make something of my life. Without the requirement of earning a living, my own powers of self motivation may not be enough to drive me to continue to better myself. I may be tempted to stop trying in my classes, knowing that the only penalty if I slack off is a little less knowledge, rather than my very livelihood. Furthermore, I may be tempted to stop doing the work God intends me to do. Let’s say God’s wants me to become a writer, a teacher, a lawyer, or a counselor. Without anyone depending on my work to live, it may prove difficult to motivate myself through the difficult challenges that lie along the path to those careers. I have enough trouble motivating myself already. Taking away the most driving of those motivations would only weaken my resolve.


5. Greed

They say power corrupts. That fear I mentioned earlier of losing the money I will have gained might easily turn into an insatiable desire for more money, more power, and more influence. Once tasting the fruit of wealth I may only desire it more and more, like Edmund and the White Witch’s “Turkish Delight” in C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe”.

““It is dull…. To drink without eating”, said the Queen presently. “What would you like best to eat?” “Turkish Delight, please, your Magesty,” said Edmund. The Queen let another drop fall from her bottle onto the snow, and instantly there appeared a round box, tied with green silk ribbon, which when opened, turned out to contain several pounds of the best Turkish Delight. Each piece was sweet and light to the very center and Edmund had never tasted anything more delicious… at first Edmund tried to remember that it is rude to speak with one’s mouth full, but soon he forgot about this and thought only of trying to shovel down as much Turkish Delight as he could, and the more he ate the more he wanted to eat… At last the Turkish Delight was all finished and Edmund was looking very hard at the empty box and wishing that she would ask him whether he would like some more. Probably the queen knew quite well what he was thining; for she knew, though Edmund did not, that this was enchanted Turkish Delight and that anyone who had once tasted it would want more and more of it, and would even, if they were allowed, go on eating it till they killed themselves (Lewis, The Lion The Whitch and the Wardrobe, HarperCollins 1978, 36 and 37)."

I do not want money to become a sort of Turkish Delight. I would prefer not to test and find out whether I am mature enough to resist the temptation of greed.

Winning the lottery would be quite the thrill and I will not lie, if someone cut me a check for a million bucks I’d probably take it. But I’m not going to seek out the chance to win it. I urge you, next time you want to buy a lottery ticket. Go beyond just realizing that you are more likely to get struck by lightning and attacked by sharks in the same day than you are to win. Ask yourself if you are truly ready for the massive responsibility that having that much money would entail. I know I’m not!


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    • dicaslotofacil profile image

      dicaslotofacil 5 years ago

      Great article I now have a broad vision of how my life would be after winning the lottery.

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      Awesome guy 5 years ago

      I hope you don't win either. More of a chance for me to win. Thank jesus christ I don't have any guilt, or wish to do the "right thing".

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      htodd 5 years ago from United States

      Interesting ..I agree with your points

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      luckykarma 5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Did it ever occur to you that if you DID win, you were meant to so you could help others, as I would LOVE to do! Helping others to not go hungry, be able to have a bed to sleep in, get someone's bills paid, there are millions of things you could do. Even buy some equipment for the local hospital, don't look on it as greed, God wants us all to have everything in abundance! That is what the Bible says, so why wouldn't you want it, it's a blessing to be given the opportunity to show God how smart you are and whom you would turn to for advice. The first thing I'd do is ring the taxation department to see if they want a slice of the winnings! here in Australia winnings are tax free though. It sounds to me that you are a very immature 21yr old because so many young men today are Millionairs, some more so, and what's wrong with a bounty if God has bestowed it upon you? Maybe to test you to see if you became WISE, the ACCOUNTABLE, GENEROUS, BUSINESS MINDED, MANAGERIAL, all these things.....I'd be looking at the benefits of why that much money would come your way and what is the TEST you are being put to by God!!!

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      talfonso 5 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

      You summed up the reasons why I stepped out of the lotto ticket-buying fray recently so well! I have read about many people who didn't manage their winnings well and became poorer than before or even get killed.

      One British woman, for instance, won big in the lotto in her teens and spent it all on plastic surgery, vacations, and parties. Now she works as a maid to make ends meet.

      I believe strongly in generating steady passive/residual income and investing money wisely. I for one am doing both, as well as volunteering. The latter activity opens my eyes even wider because a lot of them don't have most of the things we have.

      As well as this, saving money and doing a sound business (an MLM, which I found legitimate with sound, profitable products and good compensation plan) both enable me to get rich, but in a less risky way. It's slow, but I feel that it's much, much safer.

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      Joe 5 years ago

      Wow, you are so full of shit. Just some inexperienced kid talking out of his ass to make himself look superior. Stop being fake, if you won that cash you'd be so happy you'd do so a backflip.Wining that money wouldn't make me feel any kind of guilt, because I would see it as a gift from God himself.

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      Tom 5 years ago

      I still want to win.

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      Kyle 5 years ago

      I'm ready.

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      steve 5 years ago

      there are lot of people doing nothing to earn thousands even millions by going so called work, so how you feel about that are they do anything to earn that money?????

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      ruffridyer 6 years ago from Dayton, ohio

      A man I used to work with told me "Money is the root of all evil," He quoted it from the bible. I told him the verse says "Love of money is the root of all evil." He refused to believe me. He hated wealthy people. I consider money to be a tool. people use it for good or bad purposes.

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      AnthonyT1978 6 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Merobinson, I agree in most of what you said. I myself don't endorse playing the lottery because of the principle behind it. I'm with you in that at the time you're probably not prepared to handle so much money. I also agree that the best way is to grow internally and as you grow, you will know how to handle the greater responsibilities you have in life along the way, such as more wealth. 100% with you on that.

      Now, that doesn't mean that having a lot of money will make you give in to temptation and will make you greedy. One can have very few and still be this way. Money will only expose you character. Yes, there may be more temptation involved, but if you grow inside first and mature, and fear the Lord, money will be a blessing to you, your family and those you touch, because you will use it for the good.

      I don't agree with the mentality of earning money to show off and for selfish purposes, but yes, I agree that we should strive for money but with the mentality of doing good with it.

      Keep up the good thinking my friend.

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      Victim 6 years ago

      ...I love it, it made pure since, non selfishness and made you a real person, also it shows your responsibilities as a young adult. I only wish i was strong enough to say what you mean, Perfect...

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      msorensson 6 years ago

      Wow..I love your need to overcome them before you win the big lottery...or inherit a lot of money or make the big money on your own. have to do this exercise until you are really good at it. One one hand hold the lowest denomination. On the other, hold the highest denomination. There is energy in both..but you give them the energy...when you feel that you are the one giving each the energy...that the value comes from you, then you can handle any amount of money...

      With my best wishes..

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      Jackie Keating 6 years ago from State of Illinois

      I've been down this road. I didn't win the lottery but inherited a lot of money. It was all gone in 5 years. God taught me a lifetime of lessons in those 5 years and today, I can say it was the best thing for me, although I would not recommend it. Read your Bible instead and save yourself a lot of pain.

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      merobinson2 6 years ago

      Thanks again to everyone who has commented! Your comments are great and very encouraging. Thank you!

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      Silver Poet 6 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      A very wise sentiment, and a very well written hub.

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      kathy02 6 years ago from Mayenne. France

      I agree with you on every count, the lottery is not for me. Greed is a sin.

      It's quite right what neeleshkulkarni says about money not guaranteeing happiness.

      Paul Getty , a millionaire many times over was quoted as saying "Having great wealth is not about happiness, rather the reverse is true". This was after his grandson had been kidnapped and a ransom asked for. To prove that the kidnappers held the boy, they sent Paul a severed finger!. If you have a great deal of money there are always people out there who are jealous, some are also dangerous.

      Great writing, keep it up.

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      neeleshkulkarni 6 years ago from new delhi

      i agree totally with you .I too woldnever want to win any lottery.I live a certain kind of life and am happy / sad/ thrilled, dejected in it in proportions i can handle.The Lord has given enough for me to be happy.Why should i ever try to disturb that great equilibrium?

      besides it is not about money it is all about happiness and whoever said more money means more happiness?

      well written voted up

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      Becky 6 years ago

      You deserved the win. Congratulations! You are such an incredible writer, I love you :)

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      Dhart 6 years ago from Culver City, CA

      "If you are not ready for those amounts of money, give it to someone else when you win it."

      I completely agree, and i've got the perfect person for you to give it to: me!

      Unlike other lottery winners who fall victim to those 5 reasons you described, I wouldn't fall into those traps. I'd PAY OFF MY DEBTS (MOST IMPORTANT), buy a house, give to my college my town's local homeless shelter, and some relatives, then I'd go into happy retirement. No blindness, guilt, sloth or greed for me.

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      simeonvisser 6 years ago

      If you are not ready for those amounts of money, give it to someone else when you win it. Or give it to your favorite charity. If you think you cannot handle the money then indeed you will not be able to handle it. But if you think you can find a good way to spend or invest it then sure, winning the lottery is not so bad. That doesn't mean I recommend participating in the lottery but we only need one reason in favor of winning the lottery instead of five against.

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      sligobay 6 years ago from east of the equator

      MeRobinson, 61% is a stunning statistic. To know what you don't know is knowledge - which you use to gain wisdom. you have a fine knowledge of yourself at a young age which is admirable.

      “Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.” ~Luke 17:33 This verse has reinvigorated me for the Holidays. Thank you for sharing it as I don't spend much time with the Bible. It was the first book printed on Gutenberg's printing press and the most published book in history. You seem to be the correct person to make it the "most read" book online, as well. Is the Bible online? Why does it not have more hits and publicity than the porn sites, do you think? May your Christmas be blessed and you blessings be abundant throughout the New Year and your life.

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      Kstroud33 6 years ago

      Great Hub. I share your sentiment, however it would be great to win. I have seen the actual statistics of people who have won the lottery and it is astounding how many winners end up losing everything out of ignorance. Best thing to do if you win is to contact a trusted attorney that deals in asset protection. That way you, your money, and your assets will be protected. There are all kinds of loop holes designed for the wealthy to thrive. If I won I would spend a great deal of time doing philanthropy and travelling.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Congratulations on your well deserved win merobinson!

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      Brooke Lorren 6 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      The lottery is a tax on people that are bad with math. I don't buy lottery tickets, and here's why: I figure that it is just as easy for God to allow me to win the lottery without buying a ticket as it is for me to win it by buying them. If I find a winning ticket, then I guess that it was God's will and it was meant to be. In that case, it would be a blessing, rather than the curse that it is for so many lottery winners.

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      merobinson2 6 years ago

      Thank you all! I very much appreciate it!

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      Jackie Paulson 6 years ago from USA IL

      Great hub. I think instead of everyone naming their "bucket list" they should write their "lottery list" either yes to win or not to win LISTS. Good hub to think about writing for ya! Keep up the great work.

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      Rosie Rose 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hiya Robinson, CONGRATULATIONS!!! You won!!! I knew you were going to win... this hub is awesome. A well-deserved win. You got the highest votes not only in your category but in all categories!!! WOW!

      Have a wonderful day and enjoy your win,


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      megmccormick 6 years ago from Utah

      You are now so going to win the lottery young man. And when you do, you go directly to your mother and she will help you deal with your good fortune. Just report to mom and she will tell you exactly what to do and then obey her without question! :)

      Congrats on a clever hub full of wisdom for one so young.

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      Wanda Kenny 6 years ago

      You did a great job! Congratulations!

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      I think all those reasons you listed do happen to some people when they win, but most people want to win anyway. Congratulations of your nomination as a Hubnugget.

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      SQEDWARDS 6 years ago

      Woo Hoo!!!!!! Way to go!!!!!!

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      Sebastian 6 years ago

      I have to admit that, although I found this article very insightful and definitely worth the read, I would still rather win the lottery than get struck by lightning and attacked by sharks.

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      merobinson2 6 years ago

      Thanks! We will have to do just that.

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      Prayer Leader 6 years ago

      This is awesome Mr. Robinson. I had no clue you did this. We'll have to talk about more next semester.

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      merobinson2 6 years ago

      Thank you both!

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      Michelle Simtoco 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Okay, if you will win in the lottery, you can send it over to me...accepting it gladly. Our little preschool could need a lot of help! :) But you are absolutely right, winning the lottery or gaining a lot of money entails a lot of things including what you want to do in life and how you want your life to be :)

      Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. Visit that link and read more about the Hubnuggets!

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great hub voted up and just wanted to say congrats on the nomination. I myself would love to win the lottery. I would share it with so many people and charities.

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      merobinson2 7 years ago

      Thank's Rosie. I read your hub and it was delightful. Thank you for sharing!

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      Rosie Rose 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hiya merobinson, very nice read. Well, I very seldom buy lottery tickets because I forget to check my numbers. So there, no chance of me winning the lottery because the prerequisite is to buy or have a lottery ticket. I see your points why you don't want to win the lottery. But as I am a lot older, more experience and hopefully a lot wiser in my old age, I want to win the lottery.. but if I don't because I don't have a ticket, it's just fine by me. I'm happy and content.. but having more money would be nice. Nice job! Thumbs up!

      Congratulations for having this hub nominated as a Hubnugget Nominee! A much deserved nomination. I wish you all the best, young 'un.

      My hub "The Day I Became Jennifer" is a nominee in the Gender and Relationships category. Please read my hub and if you like it, I'd appreciate your vote.

      Thank you in advance,