A few years ago, when I was in high school, I read a post by an 18-year-old named Emily who told of the thrill of playing a lottery in her local paper.
Emily was a huge fan of the paper’s “Bingo” page.
She was a “big fan” of the page, because it allowed people to enter numbers for free, and she said that when she had a chance to win $10,000, she didn’t hesitate.
The prize was a $500,000 prize, and there was also a $10K cash prize for best drawing.
And the winner was the person who got the most numbers, the person she thought would win.
This kind of thing is something you could see on the front page of the New York Post, and it was something I’d never experienced before.
At the time, the Post had the largest readership of any newspaper in the country.
It was not the best-selling paper, but it was still among the most popular.
Emily’s experience with the “Brick & Mortar” page of her local newspaper was so unique that she thought she’d like to share it with you.
So we sent her a link to a Google Doc that let’s you enter a number and see how your number would go.
Emily chose “Bricks & Mortars” and submitted a link, and the number was picked up by the paper.
When the page was published, it went viral.
A few weeks later, I was surprised to see a new post from Emily’s old friend at the paper, who said that she’d never seen anything like it.
This article is part of Wired’s series on the life of the lottery.
Read part two here.