That seemed to be the question on everyone’s mind today after one of Mega Millions biggest jackpots was won by two lucky tickets winners. One from Idaho and the other from Washington. Washington, what Washington I began to wonder? They didn’t say Washington State did they mean Washington DC. Is that why I saw our President on the front page of the New York Daily News in flip flops and shorts. Had he purchased a lottery ticket and won the $355,000,000 million dollar jackpot. OK sir, if you did win please put it back towards our deficit and now we are only about 8 trillion shy.
What about the lucky winner in Idaho, did I know anyone in Idaho? Oh yeah, my old Sargent from the Army back in 1970Â he Â didn’t like me much.Â Did Â he win? I remember him saying on many occasion- Boy, if I ever hit it rich I’m gonna come to Jersey and kick your butt for a yearÂ from Sunday to Monday.Â It would be my luck if he won. I better check the airlines to see if old Sergeant Jessie Wright booked a plane reservation to Jersey.
I have a questionÂ why are all the largest jackpot winners fromÂ the midwest?Is there some kind of curse on us folks here in the Northeast. Does it have anything to do with the Soprano’s being filmed in Kearny?Â Or that fact that Elliot Spitzer was once the Governor of New York?
Â I recall going to bingo with my wife and her sister up at Foxwood’s one year and one of the big Bingo games jackpot Â paid $250,000.00 and the winner came from Idaho. Is this the same person that won last nights lottery?Â Did old Sargent Wright play Bingo? Should I move to Idaho would that change my luck? Nah! I love the Sopranos.
Yesterday dreams abound with stories of good fortune and talk of “I will do this for you and I will do that for you.” Today I said to my neighbor who said to me yesterday ” If I win the big one tonight I am going to pay your mortgage on your house as a gift for being such a good neighbor all these years.” Today, I asked him if I could borrow a shovel to finish off some snow in my yard. He glared at me, with flared nostrils, eyes bugging from his head “Are you kidding me, you think shovels grow on trees, what do I look like a millionaire?” Ah, the dream of having money and what it will do to the soul.
So what would you have done with all that money? Experts on big lottery winnings tell you don’t go crazy, but if Monday afternoon you were checking the seats of your car for change to pay for a gallon of gas and Tuesday night you find out your the winner ofÂ $355 mil wouldn’t you go a little crazy. The so called experts say take $50,000 of the money and buy every stupid thing you ever wanted to buy. Why? I am poor because I buy stupid things all the time. I bought shamo from a television commercial, I own a weed whacker but I live in the inner city. I purchasedÂ one of those sit up machines, that make youÂ lay down to use it, Â I own every record that K-Tell records of the stars ever released and I don’t have a phonograph anymore. Get where I am going with this. No if I won all that money I wouldn’t take just $50,000 and do something stupid. I would take $60,000.000 million and do something really dumb likeÂ run for President of the United States in this day and age. Very tough job. Are their any primaries in Idaho?
What would I have really done with all that money had I won?Â Well, will never know will we. Tonight someone or some people in Idaho and someone or group in Washington have to think on that question. Me I am going to rest easy tonight knowing I won’t be running for President, and I just called information in Idaho to look for old Seargent Jessie Wright- he moved to Jersey 20 years ago.