At the time of the first lottery, I was in my first year of theological school.  I was genuinely interested in campus ministry and working toward a Master of Divinity degree, a three-year program.   I had to admit, though, that the IV-D status given to ministers and those in preparation for the ministry was also an attraction.

Then I got a high lottery number.  I knew I would not be drafted, so that was no longer a reason to continue pursuing an M. Div.   Thus the lottery forced/allowed me to reconsider my "calling."   Graduate school was now an option, as was taking a break from school altogether.  

In time, I concluded that I still wanted to complete my M. Div. and enter the ministry.   Even though that career was short-lived, because of several mitigating factors, I benefited from the education I received in the M. Div. program.