One more. One more and I'll live a new life. A life free from strife. One with no debt. Where I can get everything I ever wanted. With quarter in hand, I scratch frivolously. No luck.
Then, it has to be the next one. I give a twenty to the cashier and she hands me the big winner. "When I win the grand prize, I'll give you 5%". She gives me a faint smile.
She'll see, I scratch again. Finally, a winner! I scratch off the prize... $100. Not the grand prize... "I'll take 5 more". She hands me the tickets. "This time, for sure".
She gives me a faint smile, the same smile she gives me everytime.