Lottery Quotes

Quotes tagged as "lottery" (showing 1-20 of 21)
Suzanne Collins
“She reaches in, digs her hand deep into the ball, and pulls out a slip of paper. The crowd draws in a collective breath, and then you can hear a pin drop, and I'm feeling nauseous and so desperately hoping that it's not me, that it's not me, that it's not me.

Effie Trinket crosses back to the podium, smoothes the slip of paper, and reads out the name in a clear voice. And it's not me.

It's Primrose Everdeen.”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

George Orwell
“The Lottery, with its weekly pay-out of enormous prizes, was the one public event to which the proles paid serious attention. It was probable that there were some millions of proles for whom the Lottery was the principal if not the only reason for remaining alive. It was their delight, their folly, their anodyne, their intellectual stimulant. Where the Lottery was concerned, even people who could barely read and write seemed capable of intricate calculations and staggering feats of memory. There was a whole tribe of men who made their living simply by selling systems, forecasts, and lucky amulets. Winston had nothing to do with the Lottery, which was managed by the Ministry of Plenty, but he was aware (indeed everyone in the party was aware) that the prizes were largely imaginary. Only small sums were actually paid out, the winners of the big prizes being nonexistent persons.”
George Orwell, 1984

Vera Nazarian
“Luck is not as random as you think.

Before that lottery ticket won the jackpot, someone had to buy it.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Sarah Spann
“You got up off the bathroom floor. That’s a start. Now, just stay off the floor. After all—aside from winning the lottery—all any of us can ever really hope for is more days spent standing tall than spent in pieces on the floor.”
Sarah Spann, Wildflowers Come Back

“I guess I think of lotteries as a tax on the mathematically challenged.”
Roger Jones

Jess C. Scott
“You can never have too much money.”
Jess C. Scott, Poor Little Rich Dude

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“You know you are capitalism’s ideal puppet (and that education betrayed you) when winning the lottery is your only chance to realizing financial freedom.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

George Saunders
“Wow wow wow is all I can say! Remember how I always buy lunchtime Scratch-Off ticket? Have I said? Maybe did not say? Well, every Friday, to reward self for good week, I stop at store near home, treat self to Butterfinger, plus Scratch-Off ticket. Sometimes, if hard week, two Butterfingers. Sometimes, if very hard week, three Butterfingers. But, if three Butterfingers, no Scratch-Off. But Friday won ten grand!! On Scratch-Off! Dropped both Butterfingers, stood there holding dime used to scratch, mouth hanging open. Kind of reeled into magazine rack. Guy at register took ticket, read ticket, said, Winner! Guy righted magazine rack, shook my hand.

Raced home on foot, forgetting car. Raced back for car. Halfway back, thought, What the heck, raced home on foot. Pam raced out, said, Where is car? Showed her Scratch-Off ticket. She stood stunned in yard.
Are we rich now? Thomas said, racing out, dragging Ferber by collar.
Not rich, Pam said.
Richer, I said.
Richer, Pam said. Damn.
All began dancing around yard, Ferber looking witless at sudden dancing, then doing dance of own, by chasing own tail.”
George Saunders, Tenth of December

J.G. Ballard
“But a lottery isn't meaningless. Someone has to win.”
J.G. Ballard

Orlando Winters
“People play the lottery all the time unaware of how mind-bogglingly difficult it is to win. It seems like they take a different approach to probabilities. Their rationale must be, “Well, I can either win it or not win it, so my odds of winning are 50/50.”
Orlando Winters, Stop Being a F***ing Idiot

David Mitchell
“Being born’s a hell of a lottery”
David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks

Adele  Rose
“Sadly, like many times in life, including winning the lottery, we don’t always get what we wish for.”
Adele Rose, Possession

“This is the story of a man who always made the wrong choice. He could have had either two jobs; he picked the dead end. He could have married either of two women; he picked the nag. He could have invested in either of two businesses; he picked the one that went bankrupt. Finally, he decided to abandon his old life, to change his identity and start again. He goes to the airport and finds he can get on either two flights; he chooses the plane with the engine that explodes over the Atlantic. So, he's in mid-air, in an airplane struggling to stay aloft, surrounded by panicking passengers. He goes down on his knees in prayer and begs, "St Francis, help me!" The Heavens open, and a divine light floods the cabin. An angelic voice asks, "St Francis Xavier or St Francis of Assisi?”
Dave Allen

Louise L. Hay
“Life is a lottery that we’ve already won. But most people have not cashed in their tickets.”
Louise L. Hay

Anthony Liccione
“What is the likelihood, of winning the lottery, then lose it all the next day when you step out your front door and get struck by lightning? Probably, very slim, but then anything is possible.”
Anthony Liccione

Carla H. Krueger
“It’s much harder to twist the charitable arm of a lottery winner compared to that of a man at his lowest ebb. It sounds like the wrong way round at first, but when you really put your nut to it, people are more frightened of losing the big shit than of having fuck all to begin with and losing a bit of that.”
Carla H. Krueger, The Social Worker

Oliver Markus
“It's like playing the lottery. It doesn't matter how extremely low the chances are of winning. You gotta be in it to win it. Hitting on every girl in sight is like buying a whole lot of lottery tickets. You never know, one day one of them might actually pay off.”
Oliver Markus, Why Men And Women Can't Be Friends

Enock Maregesi
“Uzima wa milele si mchezo wa kubahatisha! Kila mtu atalipwa kulingana na matendo yake, mema au mabaya, na huo uzima wa milele atapewa yule atakayetenda mema maisha yake yote.”
Enock Maregesi

Curtis Tyrone Jones
“Your oddity is your hottest commodity but you scratch yourself like it's the lottery to reject yourself mentally, spiritually & bodily.”
Curtis Tyrone Jones, Mirrors Of The Sun: Finding Reflections Of Light In The Shittiness Of Life

“Each time I bless a stranger- I feel like I have won the Lottery”
Charmaine J Forde

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