I submerge my pan in a Californian stream, sieving silt and stones for my haul of nuggets. In my scuba diving suit I plumb the depths of Lake Toplitz, daring to descend 300 feet to return with Nazi gold. I sail my galleon in Blackbeard’s Caribbean realm to dig up pirate treasure. Defying the Pharoah’s curse, I penetrate the pyramid’s defences to open the sarcophagus and reach the prize within. I am the conquistador that finds the legendary El Dorado.
But today, I clutch my newly-purchased lottery ticket, and hurry it home to its safe place on the mantelpiece.