Mega Millions – What Would I Do?

Copyright (c) 123RF Stock PhotosWhen I walked into work this morning, our referral clerk called my name and asked if I wanted to buy a lottery ticket. The Mega Millions lottery had an estimated $640 million dollar jackpot and everyone else in the clinic had chipped in $3 to an office pool. I hesitated on principal as such lotteries are a losing bet. With the jackpot size and potential gain, it was not as big of a losing bet, at least, as usual.

She pointed out that if I didn’t participate, I might be the only one to show up for work on Monday. “You’d quit your job if you won?” I asked. “Well, I’d give my two week notice,” she replied. For the first time in my life, I handed over my hard earned money for a lottery ticket.

My definition of the ultimate in job satisfaction is whether one would keep one’s job after winning a large lottery. Steve Job, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and many others could have quit their jobs a long time ago, but did not do so because they enjoyed working.

I wouldn’t retire if I won the lottery because I enjoy practicing medicine. But I would change how I work. I would see less patients per day and spend more time with each one. I’d take more vacation, and pay someone to do the paperwork.

So if I win then I won’t have to write this blog anymore. Wait a minute, I’m not getting paid for this in any case.  So win or lose, I’ll keep writing.

About Daniel Ginsberg, MD, FACP

I'm an internal medicine physician and have avidly applied computers to medicine since 1986, when I wrote my first medically oriented computer programs. So yes, that means I'm at least 35-years-old!
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2 Responses to Mega Millions – What Would I Do?

  1. Ray Proper says:

    It would have been nice if you would have won. IF I was one of the lucky patients whom you kept.
    I have to admit that I didn’t buy a ticket. The size of the prize was attractive. However, it wasn’t attractive enough to make a special trip and I didn’t happen upon a vendor before the drawing. Oh well.

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