Does the Lottery Create Happiness and Security?
If you won the lotto, what would you do with the money?
Of course, you would get all types of answers from buying an island to buying a Ferrari. On a local radio station, the morning DJ commented that the lotto provides the opportunity to just dream about what it would be like to walk away with instant riches. Yes, it is the ticket to happiness and security.
So, this begs a question.
If you won the lottery, would you feel more secure and happy than you were before you won it?
Now, to be fair, that is a tough question. I think that most of us would say yes to that question before truly thinking about it. However, saying yes to that question also says a few other things about how we view money. First, it is implying that money is going to provide you with happiness. Second, it implies that money is where you find your security. If not, why would you chase something that only offered you a 1 in 176 million chance of winning?
The real answer is found in a question. Where do you find your true happiness and security? Does it require that you win the lottery or any other process that will enable you to win big money? Do you find your true happiness and security in God? The truth is that winning the lottery shouldn’t change your level of security or happiness. It shouldn’t take money to make one happy or feel secure.
Sure a few million dollars in the bank changes things. It gives you options. Unfortunately, statistics are not kind to lottery winners. The stats would say that the vast majority of lotto winners go broke or end up incredibly unhappy. Isn’t it ironic that there is a 1 in 176 million probability that you can win the chance to be miserable? Yet, billions of people buy into the fantasy that a chance was going to bring some real happiness.
The lotto offers us the truth about money. It is just an illusion that makes you think you will be happy or think that you will feel secure. Only a relationship with Christ provides you with real happiness and your odds aren’t 1 in 176 million that you have access to that type of real security and happiness.
Imagine winning millions of dollars and nothing changes in your life.