RichesIf we were at home on a Saturday evening we would usually watch the numbered balls drop into their appointed slots during the lotto draw.

It had all become a ritual. The kid’s birthdays, our birthdays and the date of our wedding anniversary formed the numbers that never wanted to come out all on the one night.

The racket coming from stereo city in one of the kid’s bedrooms, together with the commencement of world war three behind the island bench in the kitchen, made it impossible for me to hear the TV. So I just sat down, content in the knowledge that all this would change when we won the Lotto.

Enjoying my relaxed state, I didn’t take much notice of the first couple of balls as they dropped. Then I realised …..our special numbers were progressively coming up.

Five in the slots….. That’s only one short of the jackpot………. One ball to go…. Could it be our night?….. Could it…. Could it…

The tugging on my sleeve by one of the mini soldiers seeking minor field surgery brought me back to the real world.

For a moment I thought it had actually happened. As I reached for the antiseptic cream, I thought, perhaps being rich might not make me a better person after all. Still it’s nice to dream.

Peter Mack.

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