I realized there are two ways of winning the lottery…
The Powerball odds for winning a million dollars (which, after taxes and a new car will be about $600,000), is 1 in 5 million. I repeat: I have a 1 in 5 million chance of winning.
If I do win, by my calculations (and planning), I suspect it would take me upwards of 8 more years of work and smart saving to retire comfortably as a millionaire.
But when doing my calculations, I realized something.
If I were able to find a good woman who would be willing to work hard and live on the bare minimum for five years or so, and if she’s able to make at least two-thousand dollars (after taxes) a month, and if she’d be willing to also work hard in the greenhouses as well as homeschool whatever children we end up having…her and I pooling our resources, could retire comfortably as millionaires in about 16 years, and that *without* winning any state lottery.
I figure it would be relatively easy to find a woman able to make 2,000 a month, but when I start factoring in all the other traits: she has to be Christian (so, that strikes out a large number), she has to be willing to homeschool (that strikes out many more), she has to have physical traits that I want to pass on to my children (she has to be moderately intelligent, and for God’s sake, a white woman), she has to be in good health and able to bear children, and she cannot be an argumentative harpy.
…what are the odds of finding a woman like that?
Probably no better than the 1 in 5 million odds of winning the powerball…
A good woman really is an invaluable economic asset.