The problem with the lottery is that smart people usually don’t play it, and people who win usually have awful rationalizations for why they were the lucky ones.
Daniel Mendez of San Jose told California Lottery officials he has been watering the flowers his wife planted around the Virgin Mary statue at Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church “every four or five days” since last year, and he always follows up the tradition by purchasing $4 worth of lottery scratch-off tickets.
Mendez’s routine paid off recently when one of his two Set for Life Scratchers turned out to be a winner for the top prize of $1.2 million.
He won because he happened to pick up the right ticket at the right time. He could easily have given credit to the red lights on his route to the CVS Pharmacy where he played the game.
But that would have been silly, too, because red lights, like statues, don’t give a damn about your life.