There are still a few of us that believe in magic, especially at this time of year. I like to align myself with the thinking of that noted orator and social commentator Bart Simpson who once said of miracles and Christmas,

 If TV has taught me anything, it's that miracles always happen to poor kids at Christmas. It happened to Tiny Tim, it happened to Charlie Brown, it happened to the Smurfs, and it's gonna happen to us.

Maybe that is why I am holding out hope that come Christmas morning I will be able to unveil to the world and to my family that we too have experienced a Christmas Miracle in the form of a huge multi-state lottery win.

Okay, maybe Grandma has got a better chance of getting run over by a reindeer again than you or I do at winning the lottery but there is still a lot of money to be won. Besides lottery tickets make the perfect Christmas gift. Especially with the Powerball Jackpot now an estimated $160 million and the Mega Millions an estimated $372 million at their next drawings.

You did hear there was a $50,000 Powerball winner sold in Louisiana for Saturday's drawing right? It was sold at a Circle K in Shreveport so unless you were traveling to north Louisiana for the weekend then you probably didn't make that purchase.

The way I see it there will be three Mega Millions drawings and two Powerball drawings between now and Christmas. So, if you've got a few extra bucks laying around that you can afford to part with why wouldn't you give this season of miracles a try?

What? Those miracles don't apply to games of chance and gambling? Then how come I hear so many people praying at the casino and the horse track? I guess salvation is where you look for it. As for me, I am going to search the lottery kiosk at the Circle K.

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