Plotting a Lottery Story …
Oh, except our heroine. Let’s call her Jennifer. She really doesn’t have $20 to spare. She’d been looking for a job for ages, and was thrilled to get this little office job just two weeks ago. In fact, she hasn’t even received a paycheck yet! At least she can start paying off student loans. But not if she buys frivolous stuff like … lottery tickets.
She shows up for work on Sunday and finds every other employee in the office going crazy! Crying, screaming, hugging! Jennifer asks, “What’s going on?” Almost incoherently, they announce that they had a winning ticket! They’re each going to win a million dollars!
It can’t be true! Jennifer missed out on winning a million dollars because she was too thrifty to spend twenty. Man! What a heartbreaker. In fact, first she assumes they’re playing a joke on her. But sadly, they’re not. It’s true.
But what if the employees show some humanity? Instead of holding on to their million a shot, they take up a generous collection and … they actually gift their brand new co-worker with a pile of cash.
Would anyone believe that?
How about this little plot twist? They ALMOST didn’t buy the winning ticket! They went to the convenience store and asked for 120 tickets, but the cashier thought they said “$120 worth.” So she handed them 60 tickets. “No,” they explained. “We want 120 total.” The cashier was flustered, and people behind them in line started complaining: “Hurry up! Get out of the way!” Huffing off to different cashiers. Finally, they receive the second 60.
And the winning ticket was in the second 60!
Who would believe that? Too much of a coincidence to be a valid plot point?
Well, thanks for your help in plotting this little story. I better start writing this little piece of fiction. Oh, but guess what? It’s NOT fiction! Every word of it is true …