The $330,000,000 jackpot in the Mega Millions lottery game had four winning tickets over the weekend.
One of them was held by a Wiccan (Emphases mine):
Elwood “Bunky” Bartlett says a New Age book store made it possible for him to become an overnight multimillionaire.
He and his wife, Denise, were on their way to the shop where he occasionally teaches Wicca and Reiki healing when they stopped at a liquor store and bought two $5 Mega Millions tickets for Friday night’s estimated $330 million jackpot.
On Sunday, he said one of his tickets was a winner.
“If it wasn’t for this place I wouldn’t have won the lottery,” Bartlett said Sunday at Mystickal Voyage, the New Age shop.
Bartlett, an accountant from Dundalk (in Maryland), said he made a bargain with the multiple gods associated with his Wiccan beliefs: “You let me win the lottery and I’ll teach.” Both tickets he purchased had numbers chosen randomly from the computer.
Bartlett said the money won’t change him, although he plans to invest in Mystickal Voyage. “I’m going to live my life like I have been,” he said.
Part of me wants to cry since I know the money will be invested in more ignorance and pseudoscience in the form of a New Age shop.
Part of me wants to laugh because this is hilarious compared to the religious people who think they won the lottery because of their faith in the Christian God. I can’t wait to hear their reactions…
(via Boing Boing)
[tags]atheist, atheism, Wiccan, Christian[/tags]