Hustysk Helens Adventskalender
Idiom: etwas in den Sand setzen
Literal translation: to put something into the sand
In Germany, the drawing of the lottery numbers on TV takes place each Wednesday and each Saturday. Many Germans play the lottery twice every week for years and decades. Elvira is frugal and sensible woman so she would never do that. Her colleague and friend Sabine, however, cannot resist when the kiosks put up posters saying “48 million euro in the jackpot on Saturday”.
She hurried to the shop across the street and bought her lottery tickets for ten euros. On Monday, Elvira asked how the Saturday drawing went. “Oh”, Sabine replies bummed, “I did not win a cent. I put ten euros into the sand!”