Recently, I decided to make a game out of playing the lottery.
I decided to start engaging the merchants in conversation. I ask them something along the lines of, “If it were in your power to do so, would you be willing to sell me a winning lottery ticket?
The results have been interesting…
The first shop keeper never could say, “Yes” she would be willing. I left. (Everything was “we” and “they”.)
I went to another store to play the same game and immediately, I did an about face. Nothing felt right. I walked in and everyone’s body language seemed cold, closed and distant. I could see three people and no one acknowledged my presence. Not a single pause. I left. (As I did I imagined what anyone viewing may have thought. No, I was not just about to hold the place up at finger point…)
Today, I played again. This time with a shop keeper who was already familiar. I had purchased tickets from him before. He even told me he would give me a ride to Salem should I win.
Today, everything seemed to line up right from the start. As I was entering the store a gentleman held the door open for me. (Thank you! Much appreciated!) I got right in line and waited my turn when out of no where a lady in high heels suddenly came clanking up to purchase her ice cream and cigarettes. Seemingly from out of no where. No one even heard her coming until she was suddenly there. (It was a small store.) This didn’t bother me at all. It was apparent that she was in a hurry and from her approach, there didn’t seem to be a line.
The shop keeper and the lady acknowledged me and I told her to go ahead. I had no intention of slowing her down. She had a rhythm going. I asked the man behind me (who had opened the door) if he was in a hurry and wanted to go next? He said, “No, he is in no hurry.”
So, I stepped up to the shop keeper and said, “Well, you probably know why I am here… (I could tell he only knew about 98%) I said, “I’m here to play the lottery. May I ask you a question? He said, “You can ask me two!” I said, “GREAT!” If it were in your power to sale me a winning lottery ticket, would you be willing?” He said, “Yes! I’ll even give you the ride to Salem!” I said, “AWESOME!” Which ticket then?
He said, “Well, I’d stick to the Oregon Lottery game as the odds are better. I said, “Great!” I’ll take one! And then, I said to him, “You don’t know how hard it is to get people to say that.” He said, “Say what?” I said, “To get people to say, “YES” they would be willing to sale me a winning lottery ticket.” He said, “hmm”
Anyway, we all smiled and the man behind me wished me good luck! On my way out of the store, another gentleman held the door open for me again! I was beaming! I felt like a million bucks!
What makes you feel like a million bucks? Share with me in the comments section below.