121. The Lottery Ticket
An 85-year-old woman in Tennessee named Astrid became
multimillionaire overnight after winning a $500 million lottery
. However, her road to richness was not all
smooth. Her story reminds us that in order
win the lottery, there are two crucial requirements.
first and most obvious necessity is a lot
luck. The second requirement is just as important,
much less often mentioned -- getting organized.
began when getting in line for a lottery
at her local supermarket. The woman ahead of
decided to let her cut in front of
to pay. This woman was also planning on
a lottery ticket. Had she not given Astrid
spot in the line, the lottery money would
On the day that the winners
announced, Astrid realized she had won, she could
contain her excitement. She danced with joy all
her house and jumped on the phone to
her closest relatives what had just happened. The
morning Astrid woke up and prepared to go
her prize money, but suddenly realized that she
not remember where she had placed her ticket.
that her memory was no longer as sharp
it used to be, she searched and searched
her messy house for hours to no avail.
had absolutely no recollection of where she might
stored or dropped the ticket.
Astrid had been
thirty days to claim her prize, or else
would be canceled. For 27 days, her schedule
dedicated to searching every surface and square foot
her house for the missing ticket. With only
days left, she decided to finally call her
for help. She had been too embarrassed to
them from the beginning because her house was
messy, but now had no other choice. Figuring
helping their mother find the ticket would probably
at least an extra million dollars to them,
three of Astrid's daughters immediately sped over to
Within the first half hour of searching,
youngest of her daughters hollered, "I found it!"
turned out Astrid had left it in a
cabinet. "Oh, thank you, daughter!" Astrid cried. "I
you so much!" Her daughter's smile glistened with
as her two sisters scowled at her from