Pay Attention to Your Lottery Ticket!

You'd think if you bought a lottery ticket you would pay attention to the winning numbers when they were announced. Had it not been for a concerned wife, Eric and Lori White of Indianapolis would have lost the $2.5 million sitting on his desk. But Lori paid attention to an announcement that the money had not been claimed and the 180-day deadline was imminent. Lori texted her husband who checked his office and found the winning ticket in some books on his desk. He said, "I have no idea how they did not get thrown away."  Now they can pay for college for their two children ages 3 and 6, among other things.

  It pays to pay attention!  Look around you. What are you not observing that you should be paying attention to? I look around my office and see on the bulletin board some restaurant coupons that I should use soon. I see a couple of family pictures on my desk that should be updated. I look out my window and am reminded to purchase a squirrel-proof pole to hang my suet for winter birds.

  Weekly, go through the piles on your desk or in the catch-all drawer where you put things you plan to attend to later. You may not find $2.5 million dollars, but there could be something of value you should be paying attention to.


Steve Boyd
Steve Boyd
Stephen D. Boyd, Ph.D., CSP, is Professor Emeritus of Speech Communication, College of Informatics, Northern Kentucky University, near Cincinnati. Steve won the Toastmasters International Speech Contest in 1970 and was chosen Outstanding Professor of the Year at NKU in 1984, among other awards and honors. Since retiring, he volunteers with nonprofits, spends time with family, travels, preaches occasionally, and enjoys reading and writing. Contact Steve at (859) 866-5693 or at

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