The cynics among us would say playing the lottery is a fool’s game. The chances of winning bit are too small. We’re throwing good money after bad.
Just don’t tell Homer Buffaloe.
The Zebulon farmer won the Cash 5 lottery earlier this week, marking the largest single-ticket winner the game has ever seen. His $1.1 million winnings became $778,000 after taxes, still a pretty nice sum for a day’s work.
But it gets better. This isn’t the first time Buffaloe has won the Cash Five game. Just three years ago, he claimed half of a $400,000 prize.
Something tells us he could put away his tractors for a few years if he wanted to and just let his fields lie fallow.
Stories like Buffaloe’s put a gleam in everyone’s eye. We all figure it could have been us.
And we go and throw our good money in the pot.
Whether we win or not, we can be glad that the money landed in the pocket of a hard-working local man.
And we can wonder in amazement at the fact that, sometimes, lightning really does strike twice.
Whether you’re a supporter or a foe of games of chance, it’s all part of the allure of the North Carolina Lottery.