Being in radio for over 35 years, it's just dawned on me that retirement looks almost impossible. There's a pretty good chance I'll drop dead at work someday.

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I told my boss that if I should drop dead at work, I don't want a plaque or anything like that. I requested he put down a permanent chalk outline exactly where I dropped. Thought that might spur some conversation in the future.

So, I guess, my point is that winning the lotto is my retirement plan.

Funny story, the very first time a played a lottery, it was when the Florida Lottery had just started 30 some years ago. I bought a ticket and went into work to do my 7 to midnight request show.

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Back then we had teletype machines in the studio. About 11 o'clock that night the winning lotto numbers came over the teletype. I grabbed my ticket and checked my numbers.

Somehow I had managed to match 5 out of 6 numbers. Florida Lottery didn't have a powerball number. Just 6 numbers, and I somehow managed to match 5. Remember, this was the first time I had ever purchased a ticket. My payout was $7,930.  Not a fortune but much needed at the time.

I remember thinking, "Wow, this is pretty easy, picking up a few grand ever few weeks". Well, I haven't won squat since.

I'll keep buying tickets occasionally.  I like to think of it as renting hope. Wish me luck! I have already informed my family that if I win, everyone gets a new set of tires and then, don't call me.

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