Look Mom, I Won the Lottery!
Two years after my mother died, I wanted a fun way to acknowledge her birthday. It had to be something simple, something fun, something easy, and something I did on my own. After creating my brainstorm list, one idea hit the mark!
In life, my mother was a HUGE fan of lottery scratch tickets. Something I often and happily judged and made fun of her for. I had no idea why it was so appealing. Most likely she wouldn’t win anything and it was messy….all those little bits of black, waxy, scraps all over her shirt. I can only guess that she felt excited gambling. Maybe she daydreamed of striking it rich. Maybe it was an opportunity to make an ordinary or boring day thrilling. For whatever reason, she was wwaaaayyy into it!
In honor of her birthday and obsession, I decided to buy one scratch lottery ticket for the month, day, century, and year she was born. Buying the one that correlated with her month cost a dollar so I bought two tickets. Seventeen is her birthdate and this lottery ticket cost twenty dollars. I couldn’t justify paying twenty dollars for a lottery scratch ticket. I knew I would need to suck it up, eventually, since this was the agreement I made to honor her birthday, but not quite yet. I moved onto buying the lottery scratch tickets for her century and last two digits of her year. I pushed them into my bag and returned to the list of errands on my To Do list.
With my errands finished, I got busy eagerly scratching the lottery tickets. I scratched the tickets that represented the month she was born. I won nothing, nada, zip, zero. I did think she was being unfair! I mean my mother is in heaven… can’t she just make me a bit of a winner for fun…. jeez.
I scratched another ticket and again nothing. Since my mother has “appeared” so often after her death (her appearances are chronicled in Stairway to Heaven, Dimes Not Pennies from Heaven, Treasure! That’s What You Are! posts), I thought she would love this idea and play along. But she wasn’t playing along.
After I won nothing from the ticket that represented her century, I decided to “yell” at her. Mind you, I’m sitting in the car in a strip mall parking lot having this experience….and I yell something like “jeez ma, really, I’m not going to win anything!” She was listening to my pleas because I won ten dollars on the next tix. Exciting!
Still needing to buy a ticket that represented her birthdate, I drove to the nearest 7/11 and used the ten dollars I won to buy the final ticket. Things were beginning to improve because in this store, her birthdate ticket number was only ten dollars not twenty like in the first store.
As I scratched the last ticket, I won ten dollars and then ten more dollars, and then another ten, and another…. Woo Hoo! Next, an X appeared instead of number. If you get an X you can double your winnings. My winnings were doubled! The last number was the bonus number … as I scratched it uncovering the number beneath…another winner. I won about 300.00!
And Happy Birthday! 😉