Mega Millions – I WIN!!!

Today is the drawing for a huge payout. I forgot what it is but I think it’s over 350 million. That’s a lot of money! I went to the liquor store down the street from my house to buy some Arizona Iced Tea (I like the Black and White Iced Tea) and some tickets while I was at it.

I paid for the tickets but was 15 cents short on the tea! The lady felt bad for me because she could see me tossing my car and purse trying to find change. She told me “It’s okay!” and was going to let me go….but I couldn’t do it.

I realized I had a few old lottery tickets hiding in my bag and figured “Well….why not check them now and see if I won a dollar? At least I could pay her back!”

And that’s what I did! I ended up winning $2 and a free replay for the Fantasy Five game.

I paid the lady (she was laughing because I was so excited to be able to give her the 15 cents I owed her) and bought another Mega Million lottery ticket. Hey, you never know!

What would you do if you won? I used to think I would travel to every exotic place in the world and eat everything in sight. I would buy an OUTRAGEOUS home with an even crazier garage housing the most insane collection of cars. I’d be so blinged out, you’d need to wear shades around me 24/7. I would be at the high roller’s tables in Vegas sipping cognac older than my grandma out of an antique crystal tumbler. I would be dressed to kill in all the latest fashion and I’d have a pomeranian named Lila who would only wear diamond and ruby studded collars.

Yeah, right.

Let’s say I did win. I wouldn’t blow my money like that. I’m actually pretty boring with how I spend my money. Earning it, however, is the part where I find exciting. That’s where I’m willing to take more chances. Keeping it is a whole ‘nother ball game.

Here’s what I would do WHEN I win :

  • Pay off my bills and Clyde’s bills.
  • Pay off my Mom and Dad’s bills.
  • Pay off my sister’s student loans.
  • Pay my brother’s way through college.
  • Help my family out with some bills.
  • Buy a 4 bedroom / 3 bathroom house that’s NOT huge. I don’t want to pay a fortune in landscaping, HOA, etc.
  • Get my mom a small condo in Hawaii and a reliable car that won’t break down on her.
  • Buy a nice car for Clyde and I after our leases run out but nothing too crazy. Cars depreciate in value.
  • Invest in commercial real estate.
  • Invest the greater majority of it in safe, boring savings or something and live off the interest that generates.
  • Buy / start businesses.
  • Give to the charities near and dear to my heart.
  • Give to the Buddhist temple my aunt volunteers at in Florida and the one my Mom loves in Honolulu.

…..and go back to Tahiti for a whole week. Yup. That pretty much covers everything I’d do. Nothing too splashy, right?

That’s what I don’t understand. I don’t get how people who have won the lottery could end up flat broke. I guess they went too crazy with the buying of stuff. I don’t really need STUFF just to have. I don’t really want a bunch of crazy exotic cars because I don’t want to pay for the insurance or the gas it drinks like water. I don’t want the huge house because I’m NOT cleaning that giant thing and I don’t look forward to the heating or air conditioning bill.

I would be happy with a 4 bedroom / 3 bath house and a garage that houses 4 cars (2 cars each for Clyde and I). A vacation property in Hawaii, an apartment in Manhattan, some place for my Mom to live…..and a business to run so that I won’t get bored.

Yup. That just about does it.

Now to make some dinner and cross my fingers. 🙂

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