August 13, 2008

You May Already Be A Winner!!!

Yesterday, in the mail, since it was ad day, came an advertisement with a scratch off circle and a key. It was from a local car dealer, giving away a car. Naturally, the mini Freshes, especially after spending a week listening to "some other guy who isn't their dad or my spouse" complain about the minivan, winning PersonTheyNormallyCallDad a new car would be pretty amazing.

They did what any two children under 13 would do. They bickered about who was going to scratch off the circle. They agreed to each scratch half. Which revealed a cryptic code, that was supposed to match a code inside the flyer if you were a winner. It did. Then they bickered over who would get to try the key. Then I took the flyer away and announced I would be checking the key, since I was the only one old enough to drive.

Oops. What did I do? Yes. I agreed to take them to the car dealer since we may already be a winner to turn the key on our possibly new car. Clearly, I'm old enough to know that "nobody" wins these things. But I too, was a fan of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and know, that indeed, SOMEBODY does. Somebody has to win that new car. So the Stealth FreshFemales in our family hid the advertisement so ThatPersonWhoDoesn'tReallyGripeAboutCars may have the chance to be surprised. We're heading to the dealership this morning.

I remember when I was little and I believed in magic and luck and the invincibility of chances. If you had a chance, it was as good as winning. I don't think that is such a bad thing to encourage. So with our winning key, we're sneaking out. They've already planned the surprise way to tell Dad he won. We'll be covering the car with a sheet and pretending the minivan shrunk. Or something like that. It was so exciting to hear them planning the surprise that I admit, I'm caught up in it. I think that is the most magical part of all. The contagiousness of enthusiasm.

I did have the Minis go through the fine print, where we learned we ARE guaranteed a prize, but it probably won't be a car. We may have won also a large screen television (they argued about whose room it would go in), I voted for the playroom. We may have won $100. School shopping. No need to argue there. We may have won 5 collectible coins. I'm betting it's the coins. But then again, it may be a car.

Why not?


  1. I keep thinking that my group is going to win the lottery every Tues & Friday when I throw my $1 in the group. I have at least gotten past thinking how I would use the money I am going to win. I figure someone has to win might as well be us. Actually we have won several times but since it's usually $20 or less we just keep putting it back into more chances. Actauuly I figure the group will finally win the whole pot the week I'm on vacation or just mis going there for breakfast so that I will only be watching them live it up.

    Good luck on winning a new Freshmobile!

  2. ...I generally win that beautifully crafted ink pen with the dealership logo printed on the side!

  3. I wish you and the minifreshes good luck. I have never considered myself lucky. I figure that if I was in a drawing of just two people I would lose 75% of the time! (Figure that one out mathematically!!!).

    On a serious note, I never participate in lotteries or drawings, unless I just want to donate to a cause, because the odds of winning are so stacked against me.

    The odds of one in 5 million (Colorado Lottery) or one in 43 million (Power ball) just aren't good enough for me.....even to invest a lousy buck. I'll take my chances in stocks or real estate (even though I've lost in real estate) over such games. Sorry to be such a spoil sport.


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