Grid Greed for Green
I'd like to be a millionaire.
I'm not materialistic or anything, but I have a few cravings I'd like to satisfy.
(And so far, only 5 of 21 on my poll think that money can't buy happiness.)
Now the way I see it, I have three options.
Work hard, rob a bank or win the lottery.
I've been working along the first option so far, but it doesn't hurt to try something else on the side. And since I lack the smooth moves of any of Ocean's 11 (or 12), I'm playing the lottery.
Lebanon has quite a lot to offer for compulsive gamblers. There's the...
- The casino: Fun but too risky.
- Scratch (and curse): those little con-cards that ask you to find a 'lucky' combination by scratching a film of space-age silver scum which never gets off your fingers. Peanuts to play and wins you peanuts.
- Raffle (Yanassib): almost synonymous with Beirut's streets are the street vendors yelling out "Yanassib!" selling raffle tickets. These are basically sequentially numbered and if your ticket matches the result of 7 spinning wheels you win. Boring, low stakes.
- Lottery (Lotto): this is the lottery played almost universally and is certainly your best 'bet' (sorry couldn't resist). You pick out a set of numbers in a grid. If the numbers match a set of randomly-chosen numbered balls ------> YOU WIN! You can play many grids together of course. In Lebanon, you pick 6 numbers from 1-42 and the company claims that's a chance of about 1/5,000,000 (if you want to do all the n! calculations to be sure please go ahead).
Now, the lottery in Lebanon is run by a private company and the profits are also private. The government gets a 10% tax off your winnings, which is fair enough. What's a $100,000 to a freshly-minted millionaire?
From now on I'll buy a grid for every draw and I'll post the numbers in the sidebar of this blog.
If I stop posting I've probably won and I'm at the pub celebrating. So join me, I'm buying...