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'a 80 years old widow had won five million dollars' - lucky person essay

Jeecee 5 / 19  
Apr 7, 2012   #1
Are you a lucky person? Do you believe in luck?

Most recently I read that in our local newspapers a 80 years old widow had won five million dollars from the lottery. Interestingly, she did not buy the ticket. It was given to her for free as part of the promotion from a new supermarket for the first one hundred patrons entering the store. She told the newspaper that actually she had no intention to receive a free lottery ticket. As a matter of fact, she went there to have a walk and the free coffee. The ticket was given to her as a bonus without any purchase. Everyone is saying that the window is considered lucky to be in the right place at the right time.

On the other hand, can she also considers as unlucky to win such a large sum of money in such a late stage of her life? Has she the time and energy to spend all the money? I would say her children and grandchildren are lucky because they have the potential to inherit million of dollars from her. So what is luck and how can we measure it? According to some researchers in human behaviour stated that luck is a form of self-esteem. People with low self-esteem proclaim that they are born unlucky or vice versa. Personally I think luck is a kind of superstition because people will do anything either to get lucky or avoiding unlucky incidents. That includes hanging a heavy horseshoe on their neck to attract good luck, without thinking about the consequence if unlucky that might break their neck.

Jennyflower81 - / 690 96  
Apr 8, 2012   #2
I enjoyed reading your thoughts on luck. I think you need to focus on the question a bit more-- it asks "Are you a lucky person? Do you believe in luck?" So, you should answer this question-- yes or no. Then explain why. I see where you have written> So what is luck and how can we measure it? I think this notion should not be so close to the ending of your paper. Also, remember to answer the question by saying more about how you are or are not lucky. Also, you could do a brief comparison of luck and success. Luck is very different. For example, a man who fishes for the first time, and catches a fish, is lucky, because he does not have any practice (this is the same kind of luck that the old woman in your story has) Success, on the other hand, is a man who practices fishing and has great skill, then catches a fish, he has success. I think you should speak from your point of view, in order to best answer the question, instead of saying "research has shown..." etc.
peterc 14 / 52  
Apr 8, 2012   #3
Hi Jeecee,

Your passage is very interesting. It stimulates my thoughts and I really like it!

By the way, I agree with Jennyflower81 that you should answer the first question in the first paragraph. It would make the whole picture clearer.

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