THE assistant at the supermarket ciggie counter was probably just being cheerful.
I was buying a lottery ticket in the forlorn hope that I might become astoundingly rich.
I’m sure the assistant and I both knew just how forlorn that hope is.
But God bless her, she was so positive.
“Enjoy your Euromillions ticket,” she said.
On a technicality, how do you enjoy a ticket? It’s just a piece of pink paper.
In my view, you’ve really only got a one in 116.5 million chance of ‘enjoying’ your euromillions ticket to its fullest extent.
And I can tell you that however much I ‘enjoyed’ my ticket at the time, it’s now in the bin.
YOU can narrow these odds considerably if you stick with our own dear National Lottery, now affectionately known as the Lotto.
The chance of winning the jackpot here is a little under 14,000,000 to one.
Did you know that the first lottery was organised by the bureaucrats of the Chinese Han Dynasty (205-187BC) to finance the building of the Great Wall?
It’s common knowledge, too, that you can see the Moon from the Great Wall of China.
WE were discussing gifts in cornflakes boxes last week, which brought back memories for Pete, who lives across the way in Sports.
“I opened a cereal box in the 1980s that said ‘Free Nelson Mandela’ on the side,” he said.
“It was a bit of a cheat really. I couldn’t find him anywhere.”
IT was also Pete who suggested that a surprise gift in cereal boxes should have been a mousetrap.
“That would have put a whole different meaning on the phrase Snap, Crackle and Pop,” he mused.