November 14

My Neighbor Won the Powerball Jackpot


Did you hear about the huge 2 billion dollar lotto jackpot that was won last week? The gas station where the winning ticket was bought from was right in my back yard.

Joe’s Service Station is three and a half miles from my house! I think it’s pretty neat and crazy all together that I live so close to the largest lotto prize winner in world history!

What’s crazier is what the lottery reveals about the American dream.

Most people relinquish their God-given right to pursue their dreams. They feel stuck in a situation that they can see no way out of. Rather than taking action that would give them control over their situation and their future, they place their hopes and dreams in something they have absolutely no control over – the lottery.

Here are some disturbing lottery facts for ya:
• The probability of winning the lottery is 1 in 2,900,000. You have better odds of getting attacked by a grizzly bear in Yellowstone – 1 in 2,700,000.
• People spend more money on lottery tickets than on coffee, sports tickets, movie tickets, and books combined.
• People spend over 94 billion dollars on lotto tickets every year.
• Who plays it frequently? People who don’t see hope anywhere else.

The lottery is funded by the government and because they are a state agency, they are exempt from Federal trade commission and truth and advertising laws. This means they have an open door to create misleading advertising that entices people to gamble and as a result, become poorer and have further struggle.

Lottery money is a windfall for government budgets – they are profiting from people’s lost sense of hope and in actuality is mostly funded by the poorest citizens who see a lottery win as their only ticket out.

And with the shift in the real estate markets lately, a lot of people who should know better are falling into a pit of desperation looking for a way out.

Truth be told, the lottery makes piles of money from people by giving them a sense of false hope.

Leaving your success to chance is pure folly. You always have the option of taking control of your destiny. And one of the best ways to take back the reigns is by investing in real estate through probate.

I’ve been working probate for over 20 years. I lived through the market crash of 2008. Up markets, down markets, crashes, and booms – probate always delivers because the unfortunate reality is people will continue to pass away regardless of what the world or markets are doing.

To your success,
Ernie “Don’t Need No Lotto” Vargas | The Probate Fox


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