“Be right back,” he said, as he pulled into the convenience store.
Here we go again, she thought, he is wasting our hard earned money on one of those dumb lotto tickets. He is like a little kid, always dreaming of winning the big one!
He opened the door and slid back in the car.
Flashing a big grin he said, “Okay you pick one!”
She looked at him with a disgusted look on her face.
“Honey, this is such a waste of time and money, really?” .
He looked at her with that boyish face, “ah babe, live a little, you never know, this could be the big one!”
She reluctantly picked the ticket in the middle, as he handed her a nice shiny penny to scratch the numbers off with.
“I don’t even know how to read these things, where do I scratch?” she asked.
He reached over and pointed to the places that she needed to rub with the penny.
“This is just not fun!” she added, as she continued to rub the penny on the lotto ticket.
Suddenly, he stopped rubbing. He sat there with a blank look on his face.
“Another loser huh babe?” She said, feeling slightly bad that his hopes were once again crashed to the ground.
He looked up and very quietly in almost a whisper, he said, “I have a winner!”
She knew he was always happy to win a dollar, so she congratulated him.
“That’s good honey, can we go home now?”
He leaned in closer towards her and whispered once more.
“You don’t understand my wife, I have a winner!” He said more adamantly.
She acknowledged his strange behavior and was a bit concerned.
“What…five, ten, twenty…that’s great!” She said smiling.
He handed her the ticket and she looked at the ticket for the longest time.
It said one million dollars…
“It says one million dollars, honey…it says one million dollars…Oh my gosh…it says one million dollars! She cried out in delight.
“Shhhhh…people will hear you!” He said, attempting to keep his composure, as he looked around, making sure no one heard his wife’s joyful outburst..
“Do you know what this means?” She said nervously.
He could not utter any more words. They were like stuck in his throat.
“I think we better go home right away!” He said quietly, “and not a word to anyone!”
The drive home took forever, she held the ticket tightly in her hand with a frozen grin plastered on her face.
“So…what do we do next?” She asked thoughtfully.
He tried to keep his eyes on the road but they kept veering off to the ticket his wife who held the winning ticket with what appeared as a death grip.
“I have no idea,” he said softly, “I have no idea.”
She reached over, touching his face ever so gently.
“Just think honey… you can buy that new fishing pole you have been looking at for so long at Walmart!”
Suddenly…it all became very clear.