How many of you have bought a paper lottery ticket in hopes of becoming rich? We all dream of what life would be like and what we would use the money for.
Buying lottery tickets is a weekly ritual for some. Some people play the same numbers every time while others simply leave it up to chance. Most of the time, we usually just waste our money or are lucky if we match one number. However, someone wins. We all hope that that someone will be us one day, so we continuing buying lottery tickets.
There is something magical about holding that little piece of tinted paper that we hope is worth millions. Even though the chances of winning the lottery are slim-to-none, it allows us to dream.
Paper plays an essential role in the lottery. Some people prefer to have all of their numbers appear on one ticket while others prefer to have one line of numbers per ticket. I assume it is probably a great feeling to hold a large, winning ticket in your hand (I have never won anything substantial but perhaps a free play). On the other hand, I would be afraid of losing that winning ticket. I wonder where people put their winning tickets before they turn them in…in their wallet, purse, a safe, or a drawer?
However, I was thinking, if it wasn’t for paper, how would the lottery work? Would we purchase numbers online and numbers would be sent to our e-mail. However, if we won, we would then have to print out the e-ticket, take it to the store, and claim our prize.
Now do you ever wonder what happens to “losing” tickets. Many of them are probably thrown away, torn up, or recycled. However, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. Check out this article by Simone Preuss titled “A Millionaire’s Playground Made From Thrown-Away Lottery Tickets” on 1800recycling.com. According to the article, a couple recycles losing lottery tickets in a unique way…they make art.
“Ghost of a Dream is a collaborative project by artistic duo Adam Eckstrom and Lauren Was. Unlike many other people, the husband-and-wife team do not regard unlucky lottery tickets as simply the end of a dream, but the beginning of one; their own dream of creating highly unusual art on a large scale seems to have come true, at least.”
Click here to view the article and the artwork that is made out of discarded lottery tickets. The art is clever and original in my opinion.
What are your thoughts? Have you or someone you known ever won the lottery? Did he or she frame the winning paper ticket? Have you ever seen art made out of discarded lottery tickets?