When I grow up, I’d like to be a retired lottery winner.
I’ve been playing in a lottery pool for several years. Five of us friends each put in $16 every five weeks and we play ten quick picks each of Power Ball and Mega Millions. Every Wednesday, Thursday and Monday morning, I dutifully check the numbers picked compared to the numbers we have. And three times a week, I might see a win of two dollars.
Of course, we can’t be lucky and win two dollars every week. That would be like throwing off the lotto gods, and the oddsmakers wouldn’t know what to do with a steady flow of two dollar bills.
Okay Google: How much is a $2 bill worth today? Typically the $2 bill is worth its face value. Special $2 bills have been made in recent years, however they are not worth anything more than face value on the collectors market and most current $2 bills are not worth much more than their face value.
Well, my friends, I am now part of the lucky winners’ club (along with my four friends, of course). From what I learned from the California lottery website, last week we won a total of $224. I’ll be turning in the winning tickets this weekend.
Yes, you read that right. A little over two hundred dollars. Twenty sawbucks. Two C notes.
Okay Google: Did you know there’s a Google search asking “how do you write a check?”
Our lottery group likes to remind each other that someday our ship will come in. (“Our luck, we’ll be at the airport!”) So this two hundred dollar windfall was like someone went to the boat store, purchased one oar for a little sailboat, and dropped it off in my driveway. We can see the boat in the distance, but we don’t own the life jackets yet.
So we’re going to use the $224 to purchase our next two sets of winning tickets for a total of twenty weeks. That will give us tickets paid through mid-January 2019, the day before I return from my Hawaii cruise vacation. Maybe on my way back from the cruise terminal, as we’re driving past the airport, I’ll stop at a convenient 7-11 for our next set of winning tickets.