I was thinking about a scratch off lottery ticket that I recently bought. On the surface it seems to fulfill a simple desire, that is, a date with that fickle mistress, Easy Money. Some people say that Easy Money is bad for you, that money can't buy happiness. I disagree. I think you just need to take Easy Money to the right store.
I think there's more to the lottery ticket than just money. I think many of us feel impotent, or powerless, in our lives. We feel that we're not part of the machinations of the universe. Our presence in the world is unnoticed. Winning something from an anonymous lottery ticket gives us a little dopamine rush of importance.