Pulp Magic

JANUARY 13, 2016

Powerball Fever and the Winning Piece of Paper

Okay, I admit it.  I have Powerball fever.  With a jackpot of $1.5 billion dollars and rising, who doesn’t want to dream of what you could do with a huge pile of money?

And it all comes down to having the right piece of paper.

I can’t help but think about how one small slip of paper can change someone’s life.  What would you do with the money? If you like expensive cars the Lamborgini Veneo will set you back $4.5 million so you could buy the entire factory run of 30 cars. How about a house? William Randolph Hearst’s Beverly Hills mansion is on the market for mere $165 million. You’ll have plenty left over from that transaction to go to Saudi Arabia and buy Prince Alaweed’s double-decker Airbus A380.

Interestingly, if you’d prefer to help others, giving away $1.5 billion would make you only the second most generous philanthropist in America behind the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Because paper is the ideal medium for a national lottery drawing – among many other things — it is once again the enabler of a singular event. That’s a role paper has played throughout history. And the grand prize . . . even more paper!

Of course, the odds that your potential golden ticket has the winning combination are not great — about one in 292.2 million. But according to one observer, the real value of a two dollar Powerball ticket is the five minutes of fantasizing about what you’d do with the winnings.

That’s what I mean when I say I have Powerball fever. Thinking about what my life would be like if I had that winning piece of paper and dreaming along with others—it has been a fun ride! Thanks paper for the opportunity to be hopelessly optimistic.