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Sunday, March 15, 2009

It's Automatic

I like automatic, except when it comes to cars and airplanes (or basically anything one has to steer and control acceleration and braking)

But when it comes to certain things like, paying bills, depositing checks, saving or investing; I like automatic.

Most of my bills are automatically paid.
My salary is automatically deposited into my bank account.
My monthly deposit for my 401 is automatically deducted from my pay.
I automatically save a certain amount into a savings account and investment broker every month.

So, when the VA lottery site was upgraded last year and 'totally' broke the online automatic entry feature I was really upset. At least when my yearly subscription ran out.

This meant that I could no longer enter my numbers into the lottery once a year. I liked being able to "set it and forget it." Of course, one can play multiple drawings at any lottery retailer, but you still have to fill out the card (resisting the temptation to add just one more set of numbers or another auto-pick), go to the retailer, wait in line, pay for the ticket(s), get back into your car and go back home. Well, you get the idea.

Anyway, I've been waiting for months for them to get around to fixing this. I don't know what the problem(s) were, I did not ask, but I am sure who ever did the upgrade is no longer working for the lottery organization and will not be getting a good recommendation.

So, finally this weekend when I was checking the numbers online I noticed they had a prominently displayed ad for this feature. So, I immediately signed up my 1 set of numbers for a years worth of drawings. Hooray!!! No more having to try and remember to play the numbers. No more worrying about spending too much on the lottery. ( yes there are many who say 1 dollar IS too much to spend on "the poor mans tax" and such a lousy rate of return). But hey, somebody has to win the jackpot once in a while and I see no reason why it shouldn't be me. So, here's my $1.00 - Well, $104.00 to be exact(twice weekly drawings for a year) and not a penny more.

I like automatic!


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