Like it or loathe it, the lottery is a fact of American life. It’s completely understandable, considering that, recently, we witnessed a Powerball jackpot of over $1.5 billion. Three immensely lucky people won that and, for good or ill, their lives were changed forever.

Most of us play the lottery. Heck, whenever one of these mega-jackpots goes up and news footage shows lines of people ready to buy their tickets, we’ve been known to indulge in a little dreaming. But the fact is, the odds are so ridiculously out of your favor, that you’ve got a better chance of being struck by lightning. On your birthday, no less. For Powerball players, you’ve got about a 1 in 175 million chance of winning. For an average jackpot of $40 million, about 13-15 million people will buy a ticket. Every single one of them will think that they have a shot. If you want to boost your odds of winning, all you need to do is buy about 126,000 tickets, every month, for the next 80 years. By doing that, you bring your odds up to 50%.

We know playing the lottery is a harmless game, a long shot. We all want to dream a little. But if you want to be a real winner, take that money and save it. Come up with a long-term goal, like a new car or a trip to Paris. Get involved with one of our investment services and, after a free consultation, you’ll have a realistic way to make your dreams come true. That’s a real jackpot.