Gotcha, Oops I’m Sorry
“Here, this was supposed to be in your Christmas card” and he waited for me to scratch it off. Instead I just said thanks and put it in my pocket for later.
When later came, Matt and Devon were upstairs putting the kids to bed. I pulled out the ticket and started to scratch. There were five Christmas trees to remove and reveal a dollar amount. Match three dollar amounts and you are a winner.
I scratched off a $25, then a $10,000. Damn, I was hoping for another $25 because no one ever wins $10,000. I scratched off a $35, and another $10,000. I scratched off the final tree knowing I had a loser and it came up $10,000. I looked at it three times. I think I just won $10,000, but I am always skeptical about stuff like this.
I went upstairs saying to myself, “I think I just won $10,000…this is very cool. I can get Matt a giant TV for their new finished basement. Mary Beth could use a grand, so could Mike. I’ll put $1000 in Spencer’s college account, something for the step-cranks and Mrs. Cranky and I will be off to Aruba this February!” I showed the ticket to Devon.
“Devon, tell me why I didn’t just win a bunch of money.”
Devon looked at the ticket. “Oh my gosh…Matt look at this!”
Matt looked at the ticket. “What does it say on the back?”
“I don’t know, even with glasses I can’t read the fine print. You tell me.”
“Hmmm…it says if you match $1000 or less, bring the ticket to any Pa. Lottery Department for collection. If your ticket say’s you have won $10,000 jump up and down and yell yippee, then rip it up because this ticket was bought at 'Frank’s Gift and Novelty Shop' and you have been had!”
Well I was skeptical at first…but I was still disappointed. It would have been so cool to win some “go crazy money” and I was looking forward to sharing the wealth; a Christmas to remember. For years everyone would say, “Remember when Dad won the $10,000.” It would have become part of Hagy lore.
Instead I laughed thinly and said, “Damn Matt, you got me good with that!”
Matt’s laugh was less robust than with his usual practical jokes.
I really was not terribly upset that it was a joke, but there still must have been a pretty strong look of disappointment on my face. Matt had expected me to do the scratch off in his presence so he could reveal the joke before I had spent the money in my head.
The next morning he told me he felt so bad about the joke that he couldn’t sleep.
GOOD!! Serves him right.
Shit…he can go buy his own TV!!
By the way Matt, I have a blog and I am not afraid to use it!