How do you relate "The Lottery Ticket" by Anton Chekhov to your life?

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readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a great question. 

In this story, Ivan and his wife are at home. Ivan's wife asks him to check the lottery numbers. He realizes that the first four numbers are 9499, which are his. Two numbers left. 

This is where each begins to dream. Traveling, a new house, and more. This is also when they also begin to resent each other. Ivan begins to think about his wife traveling without him. She imagines Ivan trying to take her money. So, even before they know the final numbers, they have dreamed and hated each other. Money has divided them already. 

When the final two numbers do not match, they go back to their normal lives. 

How can I relate this to my own life? We all have dreams. I also actually used to dream about winning the lottery. I, too, would imagine what I would do with the money, but what that would get me is all my friends wanting to leech off me. The worst part was they would try to use me. It was all in my head, but I could become critical and judgmental.