*SCHOOL ASSIGNMENT* Opinion Article: Who Really Wins in a Lottery Winning?

In this Sunday, July 9 2017 photo, Rosa Dominguez, 19, won more than $600,000 from two scratcher tickets within 1 week, lottery officials said. (AP Photo/California Lottery)           
Money can’t buy you happiness, we all have a feeling that this is true. But people continue to buy lottery tickets in the hopes of winning thousands of dollars, quit their jobs and splurge on expensive things.

Not all people spend their newly won money on material things; some spend on a new car and a new look. Such is this for California teen Rosa Dominguez, who had won $555,555 on a $5 scratch-off ticket bought at a Paso Robles gas station.

“I was so nervous I just wanted to cry,” she told the California Lottery when she won the first time.

She had more than luck on her side, because she won another lottery prize in Monterey County and won $100,000. Dominguez claimed her prizes at the California Lottery’s East Bay District Office in Hayward. In cases like this, it’s all fun and games when money is involved. When money has been indulged to a certain extent, it quickly gets from bad to worse as soon as the finances start increasing.

Julie E. Nelson and James K. Beggan of the Journal of Psychology explained the psychologies behind lottery winnings.

[block quote] According to Kaplan, the mythology surrounding lottery winners includes the belief that they become frivolous with money, quit their jobs, and splurge on bigger houses and cars. As a result of excessive spending, they often end up bankrupt. Despite the inaccuracy of these beliefs, they continue to represent public opinion.

So even though a lot of lotto winners end up going bankrupt, there is a certain intrigue from others who still like the see what it could be like to win a huge financial opportunity. But it’s also important for all involved that when someone wins money, that money goes to everyone else before they have a chance to use it. Money is essential in the world, but it is not everything. Especially when it comes to realizing who one’s real family and friends are.