$11 million lottery winner: ‘I have to work’

First, we acknowledge that (a) playing the lottery is a good way to throw your money away and (b) publicizing winners helps keep people ignoring “a”.

That said, who among us hasn’t thought of what we’d do with the sudden addition of millions into the bank account?

Today, Rhonda Meath, 51, told reporters that she has to go to work tonight because she likes her job at the Lake Elmo Inn.

She and her husband, Joe, showed up with three of their four kids at lottery headquarters today to claim the Hot Lotto jackpot worth $11 million.

They plan to buy a new SUV and donate some of the money to programs for K-9 dogs.

They won’t pay taxes on their winnings. The jackpot already calculates the withholding.

According to the lottery, the odds of hitting the jackpot are 1 in about 29 million. Those are actually pretty goods odds, compared to the more publicized Powerball.

But they’re not good odds in either case, of course.

How does that compare to life’s other possibilities?

You have a 1 in 1 million chance of dying from flesh-eating bacteria.
You have a 1 in 10 million chance of becoming president.
You have a 1 in 104 chance of being audited.
You have a 1 in 3 chance of getting a divorce.
You have a 1 in 115,300 chance of going to the ER because of a pogo stick injury.

Alright, granted that last one is debatable. You have no shot at going to the ER because of a pogo stick injury if you don’t ever use or are around a pogo stick.

Basically, the odds of that happening are the same as the odds of winning a lottery jackpot.

What are the odds you have a winning ticket but forgetting that you even bought tickets? It happens all the time, apparently.

  • kevinfromminneapolis

    The odds are actually 50-50. Don’t let the supposed experts confuse you.

  • Moffitt

    As much as I love the Lung, I would be gone if I won. Perhaps set up a little nonprofit of my own, and try to do some good with that excess money.

    • kevinfromminneapolis

      I would use it to become a better golfer, attend more Dodgers games and put it to work to create as much as I won, then I’d be even and devote even more time to one and two. Like, all of it.

  • John Peschken

    Big donation to MPR, of course.

    • John Peschken

      Then there are days I would like to quit my job. I think I would stay at the job until “one of those days” came along. Then, I would think to myself “I don’t really need to be here.”
      It would be adios to my current job and I would look for something (probably part time) I loved and not have to care about the money.

  • kevinfromminneapolis

    I was forced to overhear a bus conversation today about the ethics of continuing to work after you win the lottery. Participants seemed to agree that it would be better to give up your job so someone who truly needs it can have it. Resentment from other co-workers was also discussed.

    • kevinfromminneapolis

      This has been Kevin Watterson, reporting from the bus for News Cut. Bob…