You have probably figured out by now that Chris Singleton didn’t win the Mega Millions lottery even though he bought 10,000 tickets. If he had won, you surely would have known about it. An NBA player winning $640 million would be a national story for sure.
So he didn’t win, which isn’t surprising because everyone in North America bought multiple tickets. The odds weren’t good, but he knew that going in, saying “It’s an investment” and that he’d be happy getting any money back. Of course, that didn’t happen either, so he’s probably upset, right?
Wrong. From the Washington Post:
When asked about the purchase on Monday, Singleton said he had to buy tickets at different locations because they weren’t allowed to print his requested demand at once. He added that he felt he made a wise investment, even though he didn’t win. “Either that or blow it in the club,” Singleton said.
Fair enough. When you’ve got $10,000 that you’re going to blow one way or another, might as well spend it on something that could possibly make you a multi-millionaire. And I think it goes without saying that buying lottery tickets is way safer than spending 10 grand in a club, since, as your mom says, nothing good happens after midnight. I’m not saying this is a wise investment or the smartest thing to say, but spending less than 1 percent of a year’s salary with a tiny, tiny, infinitesimally small chance that you could be set for life is not the worst thing in the world.
That being said, as Dan Devine pointed out, if Chris Singleton ever goes broke, the Mega Millions story and the “blow it in the club” quote are going to be the first things our space children put on their astroblogs. They’ll say, “Of course he went broke. He was spending $10,000 on lottery tickets and admitted he’d do the same at an Earth club as a rookie. Please pass me the food pellets.” But until that happens, let’s just shake our heads and admit that only the Wizards have these sort of things happening. JaVale McGee may be gone but he’s never really gone.