I can understand the desire to be wealthy, a something like the lottery certainly fuels the dream. I can't understand how some people can spend as much money gambling or on lotteries. Where I bought a single ticket several folks were spending several hundred. When you go to a casino and see how they are appointed doesn't common sense tell you that it took a lot of money to create. Wouldn't it follow the many more folks lose than win.
At the risk of being too philosophical (and I'm certainly not defending the behavior and agree with your "folding it in half" comment) I sometimes wonder if the lottery or gambling is the only source of hope in some people's lives. And "all" they have to risk to get it is a few dollars. But, admittedly, that mindset is a bit like chasing your tail.
Good luck on the pole!