It’s growing increasingly popular to mock those who play the lottery, teasing the player about how much more money they’ve spent than won over the course of their gambling career. But those people have yet to experience the joy of furiously scratching the nasty black coating off a ticket. Those people have never had their hopes and dreams crushed by seeing only 3 of their 5 numbers flash across the screen.
When you win $50, it makes all the losing worth it. That’s how they get you. If you win $2, you want to buy another ticket with those two dollars. Then you win five, and buy two more tickets. They both lose. Tomorrow, you’ll be back.