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Winning the lottery may not mean long-term security. But, we’ll take that risk.

india Updated: Jan 22, 2009 20:40 IST

Admit it. How many times have you hoped that you’d wake up one morning and find that you’ve won a lottery? And with a few million under your belt, you’d race to work, tell your boss what you think of him, following which you’d gallop off to the Bahamas and live on Beluga cavier and Cristal champagne, preferably in the company of someone easy on the eye?

Well, don’t dream on. It now turns out that some killjoy researchers at the Paris School of Economics have found that winning a lottery does not guarantee long-term financial security or good health. The winner, it is feared, would party himself to a standstill. Now we ask, what is wrong with living it up and then lurching off into the sunset? Sounds a darn sight better than mooching around gobbling dal-chawal and hiding from the creditors. No, money makes the world go round, even if we don’t have enough to go round. As Oscar Wilde said, “When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life. Now that I am old, I know that it is.” If you were to stumble on the jackpot, given the vagaries of today’s economic situation, would you stash it away for the rainy day? No, the rainy day is upon us and we should never put off till tomorrow what we can do today.

We firmly believe that you can’t be too rich or too thin. Oh ok, maybe we’ll forget the thin bit if we win the lottery. So let’s cash and carry on. After all, nothing succeeds like excess.