There are monthly draws for the national lottery, the Euromillion, the Super Lotto … In exchange for a few coins, you can receive millions of euros. At the end of the year, other very popular games take place, such as the Christmas lottery.Many people are hoping for a stroke of luck that ends up rewarding good numbers.
Some people spend their entire lives waiting for this event that will never come.They believe in their good stars, passively, thinking that there is no other way to become rich. However … Do you know what is happening with those who are hit by luck unexpectedly?
The brain and the lottery
Before we hope to win the Lotto so that we can be happy, live without worries and think that our life is perfect, we should think a little about how our brains act in front of the most mundane things. For example,our wardrobe is full of clothes and yet we always put the same.Why ? And why the hell do we always want a better car than we have? Or a bigger house? What we have is never enough for us?
The most paradoxical is that even if we won a million euros, we would like more after a few days. While we do not need it. As human beings, our eyes are full of desires.A desire that turns towards consumption,consumption derived from the artificial needs generated by the society around us, of which we are part.
We are looking for that initial excitement we feel when we manage to get what we do not have. Whether it is a "better" product or simply because it shows that we belong to a group or a wealthy social class.A shocking but momentary happiness that makes us feel satisfied to have obtained what we desired above all.
The cause lies in the reward systems of the brain.The stimulus would be the lottery which, added to learned behaviors and beliefs, becomes something desirable. Nevertheless, once we get what we want, what does our brain need to feel the same again? To win back to the lottery or get more money.
"70% of people who become rich very quickly end up being ruined in less than five years."
A poisoned stroke of luck
In advertisements, people who win the lottery appear extremely smiling.They can travel and make all their whims without paying attention to their bank account. They have no more worries and feel happy. But in the end, many people tend to imitate a model. Or feel bad because, after this gain, they do not feel that happiness they thought to achieve.
José Manuel Calvo Vaz, municipal employee of a village in Ourense, Spain, earned more than nine million euros in 2003. After setting up several things that did not work, he spent his money in luxury cars whose he did not need and surround himself with people who were only interested in him for his bank account, he ended up committing suicide.
Roger Griffits earned $ 2.3 million from the UK National Lottery in 2005. He and his wife, after this stroke of luck, stopped working and decided to live a life of luxury.They thought their money would be inexhaustible. But their bank account ended up emptyingand their marriage has sunk. They had to sell everything they had bought to make up for all their debts. Currently, Roger lives in a rustic house in West Yorkshire.
"It was too much money for someone so young, even if you think your life will not change, it does it anyway, and not in a good way, it almost destroyed me. I am stronger. "
-Callie Rogers (won Lotto at the age of 16 in 2003) –
We all hope this luck. However,a lot of people ended up ruinedor prisoners of an addiction in which they would normally never have fallen. We make so much money overnight that it can mean a radical change in our lives. And this change is not necessarily positive, contrary to what the advertisements want us to believe. The reality is often quite distinct.
Money in large quantities rarely leads to happiness. To reach the latter, it is necessary to treat these lucky shots intelligently.that, one way or another, we all live. This apparent gift can end up becoming a real poison and lead us to our loss.