Bob Bestler

Powerball was a welcome distraction from presidential campaigning

The millions of people who caught Powerball fever can now return to the humdrum of the real world.

The winning numbers have been drawn, the multi-millionaires named, and the game is over. Sorry, y’all.

It’s too bad, really. Powerball’s rich jackpot gave a lot of people a chance to walk around for a few days knowing they had a chance to become a billionaire, worth more, I am told, than the GDP, or gross domestic product, of several sovereign nations.

Pretty heady stuff, but I’m not among those lamenting the end of the $1.6 billion chase.

I’ve never purchased a lottery ticket, nor a Powerball ticket. Are they the same? I don’t know. I don’t care.

I guess they have numbers. How many? Don’t know, don’t care.

How much does a ticket cost? Don’t know, don’t care.

Do you choose the numbers or does a computer? Like I said, don’t know, don’t care.

I don’t watch Powerball drawings, don’t read about Powerball winners. Just don’t care.

Am I un-American? Or just happily uninformed? More of the latter, I hope.

Actually, while I don’t get involved, I’m certainly not against Powerball.

The best thing is that it puts everyone on an equal footing — you, your banker, your waitress and your Aunt Gladys, as well as the guy who lives in an RV down by the river. Wait a minute. Doesn’t the guy who lives in an RV down by the river usually win these things?

I have friends and relatives who regularly play these games. All I can say is good luck to all. Hope someday your ticket will come in.

I even have a friend, a former Grand Strand golf pro, who won $1 million in the S.C. lottery.

He quit his job the next day and bought a home in Mt. Pleasant. I haven’t seen him since.

No surprise there. It’s been my experience that millionaires don’t associate with common riff-raff.

I keep hoping to run into him at a nearby Publix, but so far nothing. Maybe millionaires don’t have to eat. Ya think?

Anyway, the Powerball craze has been a welcome reprieve from the political folderol that has been filling our days in this election cycle. Incidentally, Powerball players, Trump is still in the presidential race. Welcome back.

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