You’ve probably heard the saying; “You can’t win the lottery, if you don’t buy a ticket.” This saying is usually used in all sorts of contexts to mean something like, “Even if you might think you won’t succeed at something, you should always give it a try anyway because if you never try, you’re guaranteed to fail!” Another saying like it is, “You’ve got to be in it to win it!” I recently heard a story about an Italian guy for whom this saying could be applied literally, and with whom this saying probably strikes a pretty painful cord!
The story goes like this: basically he bought a lottery ticket, using the same numbers everyday for ten years or so. His numbers had never come up. Then one Valentine’s Day he was on his way home after a long day at work. Instead of going directly to his local convenience store (where he purchased his lottery tickets every day), he first went to a florist, and picked up a bunch of flowers for his fiancé. After buying the flowers; however, he discovered that he did not have enough money left for his daily lottery ticket. So this one-day, this single day in about ten years, he went without buying a ticket. And guess what? Yep, you guessed it - his numbers came up!! He missed out on 10,000 Euro (about $13,290,000). True story.
Now, I never heard about what happened with him and his fiancé. But I’d like to think that they’re now happily married. To mention just one other saying, I hope that he was “Lucky in love” even though he was most certainly “unlucky in money!”