“MegaMillions is up to $73 million. $73 million over 20 years is more than 3 and a half million a year. Even after taxes, there’ll still be almost $2 mil a year left. That’s fuck-you money, for sure. Why not spend a buck to buy the right to dream?.
“Let’s see. I’ve had three marriages. No, that’s not a lucky number. My birthday is July 17. That’s 7 and 17. Tom Brady is number 12. He’s a winner. Three more numbers to go. I’m 52, I guess I can use that. Umm… this bar of Ivory soap is 99 44/100% pure. I can only use 1 through 56. Hank Aaron was number 44. OK, that works. One more. It’s 3:52. I could use 52. But there’s 3 again. Maybe that’s a sign. Aw, what the hell, it doesn’t matter anyways. 3 it is. Might as well use that as the Mega Ball.
“So 7, 12, 17, 44, 52, and 3. First thing I’m gonna do when I win is quit my job. But not until I go in and let everybody know they can’t push me around anymore. Boy, that’d be great. Then I’m gonna go on a trip. I’ll need to get away from all the people who’ll be asking me for money. Maybe Bermuda. Or Hawaii. Somewhere with a beach.”