The Lottery Mix-Up

by Samantha Gamage

Poetry Contest for Children Runner-Up, Junior Category (Grades 4-6)

The Lottery Mix-Up

I walked to the convenience store to buy a lottery ticket
I hoped that was the winning one, I could really kiss it
On July 21st I watched the TV; I felt a tingling in my core
The person announced the winning numbers, one seven nine and four
I looked down at my ticket I could not believe my eyes
I am rich beyond my wildest dreams I won! I won! I cried
I ran back to the convenience store; I screamed my story to the cashier’s face
He shook his head and laughed for a while “Sir, you are a disgrace”
I looked at the cashier, “Excuse me, I am confused”
Also, if you noticed, mister, that was very rude”
The cashier smiled before he explained, then finally he spoke
“The numbers are from last week, may be your TV is broke”
I almost cried of disappointment but then I started to laugh
This whole thing was quite funny, we giggled on my behalf
What happened made my day funnier I laughed when I thought of it
I might remember this forever, I even felt joy, but just for a bit.

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