Winners and Losers

It’s the hope of the draw.  Every week, every month, a spin of the number balls.  A chance to make it big.

Even if it does pan out, winning the lottery will not solve all of life’s problems.

In fact, many people’s lives became notably worse after they got super rich, and they managed to lose it all quite quickly.

http://www.businessinsider.com/lottery-winners-who-lost-everything-2016-1/

However, lottery winners often lose everything within a short time.  Managing one’s money is a life skill that is crucial and can be summed up with  入不敷出 Spending more than what one earns.

In the Sigalovada sutta, the Buddha advised Sigalaka

With wealth acquired this way,
a layman fit for household life,
in portions four divides his wealth:
thus will he friendship win.

One portion for his wants he uses,
two portions on his business spends,
the fourth for times of need he keeps.

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/dn/dn.31.0.nara.html

If one spends everything one earns, any emergency expenses would eat into one’s savings if any.

If one spends more than one earns, then one’s savings is gradually reduced.

 

Be a winner … … Earn rightly, spend wisely, live stress free!