these odds are 1 in 176 million

I used to feel badly for the people who bought lottery tickets every day.

I would throw out statistics in my mind like, “Don’t they know their chances are 1 in 176 million??”

I’d ponder over the odds of winning a Mega Millions jackpot.

According to That’s a Fact, Jack, they are so slim, you are more likely to be crushed by a vending machine, give birth to identical quadruplets, become president of the United States, or die in an asteroid apocalypse than win the lottery.

But what Jack forgot to include in the book was the power of HOPE.

And faith.

What I learned as I got older is that the feeling a person gets from the moment they purchase the ticket to the uncovering of the numbers is the most important part.

Even New York City jumped on the hope and faith train with ads that screamed,“Hey! You never know.”

‘Cause really, you never know.

But deep in our hearts, we do know. Unless you’re my friend John who boldly believes he’s going to be President of the U.S., we know that we’re not having identical quadruplets. Nor are we winning 369 million dollars.

And yet we still keep playing.

When I think about the lottery now, I vision the hope of the ticket buyer while they wait. It’s like holding the sense of what’s possible, and embracing a positive potential outcome.

It’s about exercising your “faith muscle,” something that could come in handy when you really need it.

Faith is the very net you land on when you fly out into the unknown, or feel uncomfortable.

Faith holds your hand when you take risks.

Faith is the friend I made when I started my various businesses, and I promise, she’s a pretty solid friend.

When you decide to mix faith with pure love and gratitude? You have a recipe for a life transformation that is filled with purpose and meaning.

So exercise your faith muscle and believe in what’s next, whatever your dreams may be. Even when you you don’t know the outcome, because no one ever really knows the outcome.

I’ll be on 23rd street buying my lottery ticket.

With fierce love,

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