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The winning number
was 528400
it was up there
for all to see
The little girl
with pink bloomers
and blue stockings
brought in the ticket
to see what she had won
The man with the big round face
and half moon smile
topped with bristled hairs
and eyes wide like the sun
said sorry but your number
and he said
quietly to himself
is not the winning number
The little girl shrugged her shoulders
and skipped away down the road.
And he this Giant Cheat
sat down and heaved a sigh
for he had this winning number
in his pocket
near his thigh.

Irwin R. Shaw - June 15th 1985