4 out of 6

It looks as though my father's accepting an offer on our house.

I found an old lottery ticket, closed my eyes and wished harder than a 6 year-old on Christmas Eve. Wished harder than almost anything I'd ever wished for, ever. I checked the numbers online and I'd matched 4 out of 6.

That's more than I'd ever matched before.

But still 2 less than what I needed to pay off the mortgage and let my parents stay in their home.

I used the winnings to buy more lottery tickets.