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If You Won The Lottery
Published on Saturday, March 31, 2012 by

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What would you do?

As of this writing, there are three lucky winners of the largest Mega Millions jackpot in history.  I can’t wait to hear their stories!

I am not a huge lottery player, but I will get a ticket once or twice a month.  This week I had one ticket for each child, one for me and entered a ten-dollar office lotto pool.  My 18-year-old won two dollars.  Hollah!

Having a ticket in my hand, how could I not dream a little bit of what I would do if I won the lottery.  I am not talking about “I’ll go out and buy an island.”  After all, statistically 40% of all big lotto winners are currently broke.  The question is, “What would I really REALLY do with the money?”

My list?  Of course I would start with my mother’s financial adviser.  I would be sure my money is safe and secure with all taxes and bills paid.  That money needs to be there for my children when I am gone, which is one huge motivation when it comes to NOT spending it all.  EVERY child will go to college.    PERIOD.

However, I am not stupid.  There would definitely be some life changes and purchases.  So here I go.  “If I won the lottery, I would….”

  • Be a stay at home Mom and volunteer at my children’s schools.
  • Buy the beach house from my mom and live in Corolla.
  • Add a pool, alarm system and hot tub to the beach house, “just because.”  But I wouldn’t do anything else, other than perhaps buy new furniture.  I would live simply in Corolla.  That is where I am happiest.  In a family oriented, beachy cottage near the sea. And my mom?  I would spoil her rotten.
  • I would donate to both Catholic schools my kids go to, as well as to my church.  I would start a scholarship fund for each school for families like us.  Families that want their children to attend Catholic school but struggle daily to keep food on the table.  If I could keep a family from dealing with the constant stress I always feel, I would be a very happy girl.
  • My brother would never struggle financially again.  I would set up some kind of account that would provide him with enough interest to live comfortably of off.
  • I have someone in mind that could use a boat and a truck.  The truck needs some new guns for the gun rack.  Done.  Oh, and let’s add new rods, reels and tackle to the mix.  And some land.  With forest and water.  Perfect.  And one more thing, a full line of credit to Bass Pro as well as to a website that sells the very best survival gear available.
  • I would purchase two established money-making websites, one for each of my “sisters.”  These websites would provide a constant income to them for mortgage, food and luxuries.
  • I would adopt a dog from the local shelter and provide it with an amazing life.

None of that seems too extravagant.

Of course, I would purchase some luxury items.  I want a nasty, used truck with a trailer hitch.  NOT a new truck.  An OLD truck.  And I want a bass boat.  A plain camo one that can hold all of the family.  I would also love a mac laptop and an ipad.

There would be a family trip to Italy and one to the Caribbean.  Again, I would shop for a good price.  No throwing money around!

Honestly, the luxury in my life would be to shop at a grocery store in which I could buy anything I want.  And to buy new clothes that actually fit me.  And to take my kids for haircuts when they need them.  The day they ask for them.  THOSE would be the luxuries in my life.

And the biggest luxury of all?  Being able to stay at home with my children for as long as I can before they leave the nest.  THAT would be the greatest blessing of all.

So I ask you.  If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?

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  • We never play, so I don’t have to wonder what I would do. 

    Have a terrific day.  🙂

  • I think, if I won really big, I wouldn’t do all that much with it. Not much really…
    – pay off my house
    – move into a slightly bigger house (when I bought this house, we were only 3 – Jepeto and Max came afterwards)
    – find a family in need and let them live in our old house rent free
    – put aside money for each of my kids
    – give each member of my family a lump sum
    – buy a family car that seats all 5 of us comfortably
    – buy myself an awesome little convertible
    – road trip all across North America with stops to meet my blog buddies along the way (yes, I still dream of doing that! 🙂 )
    – take a world tour with Jepeto and the kids so they could meet the members of the family that live in far off places like France, Germany and Greece.
    – buy a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes

    So, yeah, not all that much really 🙂

  • Jay of The Depp Effect

    40% of all big lottery winners are currently broke – that’s an amazing statistic, isn’t it?  I suppose it depends on how motivated you are by a) material things and b) what everyone else wants and expects of you. 

    Me?  My idea of life with big money wouldn’t be that different to how we live now, really.  I don’t care what people ‘expect’; there’d be no pool parties with champagne, no extravagant parties of any kind, and no ‘silly’ purchases.  Holiday, yes!  Maybe a bit of land somewhere nice, which I could fully fence in for my dogs.  It would be nice to have a horse or two, but I’d need to pay someone to look after the heavy work .. so maybe not.

    I think the truth is that you can be just as miserable with big money as you can without .. or just as happy.

  • I bought ONE ticket for the 640m jackpot. And sadly, I did not win.

    But if I did win, I would:

    – Pay off all my parents debt and pay off their house. And buy both of them new cars.
    – Buy my OWN house [and decorate it] and a new car for myself and a new car for my son [who will be driving this summer *gasp*]
    – Put away money for my son’s college fund.
    – Take my whole family away on vacation.
    – Give a million dollars for alzheimer’s research.
    – Donate another million to charity.

  • Lucky people. If I won the lottery I’d probably be halfway through the world by now. 

  • I have never really thought about what I would do.  I did purchase a ticket but to be honest, I don’t think I can even understand how much money that is.  I like to think my life wouldn’t change so much but it’s hard to imagine that’s true with that much money.

  • Ginger

    You know your plans wouldnt skim half of the jackpot. Maybe you’d send some to your neediest blogger friends?? lol
    What would I do if I win
    Buy a home, two lovely cars and put some intrust fund for my future kids
    Renovate my parents house
    Pay for my PhD doing research on what I really want
    Start a nonprofit

    Sigh. dont get me daydreaming Kath!

  • I don’t play it is waste of money! The probability to win is so low that it is more a “stupid” attract. So i even don’t ask the question… well actually to win that much it would be better to be the other side, in the guys who manage this lotto and stuff like that.

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