The Powerball lottery prize is approaching a half a billion.
Do you buy lottery tickets?
Me: No. It’s not that I have some moral stand against gambling; I just know that the odds are better that I’ll win the Nobel Prize for literature than win anything, especially when you have people lining up around the block to buy a ticket. So if I’m going to give money to the government, I’ll just pay my taxes. (It always seems ironic to me that some anti-tax people will carry on like a banshee about an additional one percent on their income taxes but will crawl five miles over broken glass to buy a lottery ticket.)