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    “700 bucks!” Or so the ticket’s legend informs when you see the stringed-combination of two Devil’s Towers, three snowflakes, and five hearts. Of course, you wash your hands again, but this is a small asking-price.

    When you log into your Hotmail account to tell your friends, you open an email from your cousin Iggy sent you with a red urgent exclamation point next to the subject line:

    Hey, I was bored and put in your name into this website for unclaimed property in Indiana and it looks like you have $185 in unpaid wages from the Schoop Burger where you used to work.

    “Wow! This really must be my lucky day!”

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    And as soon as that thought enters your head, well, you immediately decide to head back toward The Jackpot Junction in Minnesota on page 162.

     

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