I had an email from a business I’d never heard of before that apparently specializes in gag gifts, suggesting I buy my friends and family members “holiday themed fake lottery tickets.”
“These Holiday themed fake lottery tickets are the ultimate stocking stuffer,” states TheGag.com website. “Same look and feel as real scratchoff lottery tickets. Crazy funny to watch as someone thinks they just won $20,000 to $50,000 dollars. Each one appears to be a winner but the funny text on the back of the ticket will tell them otherwise. ”
Apparently, they’ve sold millions of these little bundles of joy, which go for $3.99 for a set of five.
Maybe I’m humorless, but I think letting someone think for a moment that they won a nice pile of cash and then laughing and saying they did not — that’s not funny to me. It actually seems kind of mean.
It’s a dumb joke, and it doesn’t seem to be in the holiday spirit.
I think the people who like this kind of thing probably think it’s hilarious to tell people they have cancer as an April Fool’s gag.