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On October 23rd, 2018 the Mega Millions lottery jackpot was 1.6 billion dollars, making it one of the largest lottery jackpots in history. 
In the week leading up to the drawing, the hospital was abuzz with chatter. Discussions about the possibility of becoming an instant billionaire were just too good to resist. 
During that week, I found myself sitting at the nurses station in one the ICUs at midnight. A nurse grabbed a manila folder on the desk in front of me and started cramming dollars bills inside.
“What are you doing?” I asked.
“Oh, we’re pulling our money together to buy lottery tickets,” she said, “you know the jackpot is over a billion dollars?”
“Yes, I’ve heard,” I reply. “Well drinks on you if you win.”
She laughs, “Darling, if I win, drinks on me, every night for the rest of our lives.”
“Deal,” I reply. 
And with that, began a seemingly endless discussion in every corner of the hospital, with the most unlikely groups of people, about what it would be like to win lots and lots of …

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