Even lotteries have been devalued

CONSUMING INTERESTS

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August 30, 2008|By DAN THANH DANG | DAN THANH DANG,dan.thanh.dang@baltsun.com

You know, I've been ever so hopeful that the economic slump we're suffering through will turn itself around. That's the teeny, tiny optimist in me talking. But this week, I got news that just really depressed me.

What in the world could ever sway my ever-so-sunny disposition, you ask? Swiss Lotto Netherlands e-mailed me to say:

"CONGRATULATIONS!!!.....YOU HAVE WON 750,000 Euros

"You have been awarded 750,000 Euros in the SWISS-LOTTO Satellite Software email lottery in which e-mail addresses are picked randomly by Software powered by the internet through the worldwide website.

"Your email address was amongst those chosen this year for the SWISS-LOTTO Satellite lottery. And this promotional program is proudly sponsored by the SWISS-LOTTO organization."

That works out to be just $1,101,300.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that's not a lot of money, and I'm not trying to be greedy. I'm not saying I'm above taking a million dollars. Sheesh. I'd take five dollars off you if you offered it.

But ...

It just made me wistful about those days when foreign lotteries from Spain, Australia and the Netherlands used to award me millions of euros. I'm talking about those days when I'd win three or four foreign lotteries a week, and each one of them awarded me at least a million euros.

Sigh. I guess those days of big jackpots are over.

Seriously, what is this world coming to when the bad economy even affects the fake money I'm getting? That is depressing indeed.

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