Isaiah Gonzalez has played the lottery for more than two decades. He thinks he's won about $15 in that time.
"If I had started putting away a dollar here and there 20 years ago, I probably would have saved up $1,500 or more," said Gonzalez, 51.
The Long Beach resident often struggles to earn enough money painting houses to eat and pay rent. Still, the possibility of a jackpot compels him to play.
"What if I win?" he said. "I want the money because life is hard right now. And who wouldn't want an easier life?"
For years, the lottery has been a way for people of modest means to dream about striking it rich, no matter how low the odds....