Sunday, October 21, 2012

Love and the lottery

Love and the lottery
By Kevin San Agustin | Posted on Oct. 21, 2012 at 12:01am |

One in twenty eight million nine hundred eighty nine thousand six hundred seventy five (1 in 28,989,675).

These are the odds of winning the Grand Lotto 6/55.

The carrot: a minimum guaranteed jackpot of P30,000,000, with the largest jackpot won at P741,176,323.

For the low price of P20, one can become an instant millionaire. These are highly improbable if not statistically impossible odds.

Pero malay mo, manalo.

Despite practically insurmountable odds, millions still place their bets, be it weekly, daily or every time the prize gets big, hoping to be made for the rest of their lives.

In a sense, it’s the same about love.

Romeo and Juliet, The Little Mermaid, Lancelot and Guinevere, Lun Tha and Tuptim, Anakin and Padme, Shrek and Fiona, Zsa-zsa and Dolphy.

Star-crossed lovers or at least unlikely couples who “…found love in a hopeless place.” Despite and in spite of their less than ideal situations, they tried to make it work. These resulted in many different stories.

Some end up happily ever after, some are great but eventually break-up, and others have rather unique stories that cannot be captured by a short phrase.

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office does not keep track of past lotto winners, what happened to them after winning the lottery, or if it was indeed happily ever after for them. Hopefully, most of them have made something out of their winnings.

There is however a PCSO employee who won the jackpot prize of one of the lotteries but lost it all in six months. This employee does not regret anything and is in fact thankful to be able to have lived like royalty, even for such a short time.

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Sana kami naman manalo ng Lotto Jackpot.
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