i'm asking myself what 運を消費していく means?

Context: My penpal won concert tickets and i congragulated him with おめでとうございます! and he responded with ありがとうございます!!運を消費していく. Unfortunately i had not the time to ask him because he was busy. I looked it up and saw the literal translation is something like consuming luck. Is it an expression, because for me if i understand it correctly it means for i used my luck or something similar, am i right or wrong?

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    セリフに違和感感じてるの私だけ?「運を消費していく」って言うかねぇ、日本語話者が・・ 前回の「精一杯頑張ってきます」も正直どこか引っかかるんだけど。
    – user4032
    Aug 29, 2018 at 16:02
  • Yeah i find that also strange, i would also say 精一杯頑張ってきます, but i don't know why he wrote 運を消費していく instead
    – Laz22434
    Aug 29, 2018 at 16:08

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運を消費していく is not an idiomatic set phrase, and this ていく part strikes me as odd, too. Anyway, I think it should mean either "I've been consuming my luck (a bit too much just for tickets)" or "I will keep spending my luck (to win more tickets)!"

  • 消費する is indeed "consume" or "spend". Unlike 使う, 消費 implies your luck will "run out" after you have used it. Of course this is technically illogical because "luck" is not something that can be stocked or consumed, but many people jokingly treat "luck" as if it were finite resource that decreases after some lucky event. If something really happy happened to someone, it's common to say 一生分の運を使い果たした ("I have used up my lifetime's worth of luck").
  • (て)いく should be a subsidiary verb that means "gradually over time" here (see: Difference between -ていく and -てくる). If your penpal really said 消費していく instead of 消費した, it means 消費 is not a one-time event but a continuous action. That is to say, he is somehow expecting even more "lucky" events in exchange for his remaining luck, whether he likes it or not.
  • Thank you for your full answer, i found that really strange, i thought maybe it's an expression i don't know of, and i didn't find really anything viable on internet and i didn't know how to respond to,so that's why i asked.
    – Laz22434
    Aug 29, 2018 at 16:35

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