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PHILLIP MATTHEW ROBERTS

SONGSOPTOK THE WRITERS BLOG | 2/15/2016 |




SONGSOPTOK: Do you buy lottery tickets? If yes, then how frequently? What is your motivation for buying them?

PHILLIP: I'd rather burn my own money than purchase a lottery ticket.


SONGSOPTOK:  Have you ever won a lottery? If yes, then can you describe what your feelings were? If not, do you feel disappointed every time you lose?

PHILLIP: No, I've never won a lottery nor have I ever lost at one either and furthermore, I do not feel bad for never having purchased a chance at this game, especially when the odds of winning are nearly the same as surviving a lightening strike three or four times. 


SONGSOPTOK:  Why, according to you, people buy lottery tickets, especially where the probability of winning is infinitely small? Is it lust or is it more of an adventure?

PHILLIP: My only guess is that people believe that their problems will be solved by a huge monetary increase which ironically, is typically not true according to studies done about people who've won tremendous amounts in lottery winnings.

 
SONGSOPTOK:  Do you think that buying lottery tickets is rational? If so, what is the rationality behind it?

PHILLIP: I personally think it's a criminal act perpetrated by states and local governments as a way to win tax free cash off a duped and often uneducated public.


SONGSOPTOK:  Can buying lottery tickets be compared to other forms of betting and gambling? Please explain your answer.

PHILLIP: Indeed, I don't think comparisons are in order, it is an act of gambling and betting no different than playing roulette or betting on a horse, except in those two offered examples your odds of winning are much greater. 


SONGSOPTOK:  Do you think lotteries are immoral in the sense that they tempt people to ‘waste’ money? Do you personally look at it as wastage?

PHILLIP: I see no reason to bring morality into this assessment.  People are more than capable of tempting themselves and frequently do so and the only person responsible is the autonomous agent that makes the decision to play or not to play. 


SONGSOPTOK:  Recent studies designate buying lottery tickets as compulsive buying. Do you agree with this view? Have you witnessed this in your own life? Would you consider it to be a form of addiction?

PHILLIP: I certainly think it can become an addiction but have no current insight into this matter as I'd have to collect data from studies that include things like MRI's and FMRI's that can objectively point and elucidate how the brain reacts to a lottery.  My guess is that yes, it certainly is an addiction.


SONGSOPTOK:  All over the world the mega lotteries have become important social phenomena, surrounded by a lot of hype. What is your opinion about that?

PHILLIP: That, much like Solomon would suggest, there's nothing new under the sun.


SONGSOPTOK:  Do you watch the live draws on the television? Do you ever speculate on the number that will roll out next? How do you feel when you get it right? Have you ever guessed all the numbers and regretted not buying a ticket?

PHILLIP: I haven't watched television for nearly 15 years and have been much happier since.  And the only large numbers I speculate about can be found in examples offered by Graham's Number as designated by the mathematician, Ronald Graham or, to offer another example, the distinct difference between countable and uncountable infinity as initially speculated by the mathematician, Georg Cantor.


SONGSOPTOK:  What would you do if you won the Powerball or the EuroMillions tomorrow? We would like to know everything you would like to do

PHILLIP: More than likely I'd share a substantial percentage with trustworthy charities, put the rest in savings and bonds and buy a little book cluttered home and live out my remaining days anonymously. 


PHILLIP MATTHEWS ROBERTS A 42 YEAR OLD WRITITERS WHO RESIDES IN THE SMALL COMMUNITY OF LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY AND  SPENDS MOST OF HIS DAYS READING AND REVISING POEMS, SHORT STORIES AND NOVELS THAT HE HAS BEEN WORKING ON FOR THE PAST TWO DECADES OR LONGER. 

We sincerely thank you for your time and hope we shall have your continued support.

Aparajita Sen

(Editor: Songsoptok)


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