Do you have a chance?

Mr. Habit
Mr. Habit.  Photo by Darius Whitehurst

By Darius Whitehurst

Record breaking numbers!!! The mega millions overflowed over the billboard reaching an all time high of $1.5 billion. This beats the old record of $656 million by $844 million. Just six numbers were enough to pass some of this nation’s most famous rich people. According to this lottery will allow the winner to pass Jay-Z and Beyonce who only hold a $450 million net worth combined.

The record breaking lottery numbers had almost everyone playing the lottery, even people who don’t regularly play took the chance at the $1.5 billion jackpot.

“I never play and I got like five tickets. I only played it once when it was at $1.5 billion,” P.E. teacher Joseph Habbit said. He added, “almost all of [his friends and family played] at that point. but it took $1.5 billion for them to play.”

When senior Maria Jimenez was asked about the lottery numbers she said, “It’s crazy. It can change someone’s life. It would be awesome to win it, but at the same time it could also ruin your life because you have a lot of money and you can become greedy and you can’t really tell who is actually there for you or your money.”

When Mr. Habit was asked if he thought the lottery was bad, he said he “wished [he] knew how much money goes to public education compared to how much money the winner gets.”

Basically, he was saying that more money should go to the benefit of more people than just to that one winner.

“There should be more winners and more odds for people to win. I would have a better chance of winning a million than people have of winning the jackpot,” Mr. Habit added.

An increase in the odds would result in more people playing, but it could also result in more people winning which would hopefully balance each other out.

So where does the money earned by the lottery go?

In many states a lot of the money goes to state programs. According to “The Biggest Powerball Jackpot Ever: The Odds and Where the Money Goes,” published in The New York Times, “In New York, it was $3.1 billion. Florida funneled $1.4 billion to state programs, California $1.3 billion and Massachusetts $971 million.” More than half of the states devote some of the lottery money to educational programs and earnings also played a great part in assisting states during the recession.

What would you do with the money?

“I would bring my family from Colombia over here or donate money to the Haiti organization,” said senior Maria Jiminez.

“First I would go see my accountant to make sure I didn’t spend too much money after taxes because I heard there are a bunch of taxes, not only federal but state taxes taken out, so I don’t want to go buy a load of stuff and be in debt because when you think you have $1.5 billion you may only have $700 million,” said Mr. Habit.


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