If you are dreaming of what it might be like to win tonight’s $1.5 billion dollar Powerball jackpot – keep on dreaming because those dreams might just be good for your health.
A dream house (for everyone you know)? Season tickets— for life— for your team? Retreating to a private island? Whatever your dream is for winning the Powerball lottery, experts say the fantasies may be good for your health.
“If we’re imagining being on a vacation in the Caribbean or winning this money and being able to spend it, it actually makes us feel better physically,” Dr. Joseph Rock, a psychologist at Cleveland Clinic, said in a news release. “Different hormones are released; different neurotransmitters are released in our bodies and we feel better thinking about stuff like that.”
On a bit of a side note – according to the Arizona Republic, two Powerball tickets sold in Arizona last week matched all five white ball numbers and are worth $1 million dollars each. That’s got to make you feel pretty good too, but neither one of those prizes has been claimed yet.
Maybe those folks are still dreaming about the $1.5 billion dollar grand prize tonight. Quick reality check…..the New York Times is putting the odds of winning at just one in 292.2 million. To put that into perspective, the article claims:
If you printed out the name of every United State resident on individual pieces of paper, put them in a giant bowl and selected one at random, the odds of picking President Obama are not far from the odds of winning the Powerball.
‘So you’re telling me there’s a chance.’ And if there is a chance, why not dream? Especially of those dreams are good for your health!