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If I won the lottery

The mega millions jackpot is now over one BILLION dollars.  That’s right, I said billion.  What are you waiting for?  Go get your ticket!  It may be a long shot, but at the end of the day, someone will win.  Why not you? You can’t win if you don’t play.  So for me, the chance (no matter how slim), is worth that $2.00.

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I’m sure we’ve all thought about it.  What would I do if I won the lottery?  The possibilities are endless, and I’m not ashamed to admit, I have spent more than an hour or two, envisioning my life after winning.  After much thought and many a day dream, here is what I would do if I won the lottery.

Number One

I would share with my family and friends.  What fun is it to be rich by yourself?  If I become ridiculously wealthy and can travel the world, I want my friends and family with me.  If given the opportunity to relieve the financial burden of those I love, there is no doubt in my mind it would be the absolute first thing on my list.  I want to celebrate with my loved ones, not hide from them or dread the phone calls of them asking me for money.  They shouldn’t have to ask.  Winning the lottery would be a blessing to be shared.  If I win, you win!

Number Two

Speaking of financial burdens, I would pay off every last penny of my debt and invest a good portion to ensure my future and the futures of my children would be secure.  You hear of so many people who win the lottery and are broke within a year.  I refuse to be one of those statistics.  I will hire someone to manage my funds and help me to invest wisely.  Creating a retirement fund and a nest egg that will be enough to allow me to live out the rest of my days comfortably.

Number Three

Let’s not lie, while I would be responsible first, next, I am going to do something I could never have afforded to do otherwise, like travel the world.  My dream has always been to travel and truly explore.  Not as a tourist, but as a local.  I want to stay in each place long enough to be able to discover the people, the hidden gems, and what makes each place unique.  When I was younger, I had this idea in my head that I would travel all over the world, staying a minimum of one month in each place so that I had enough time to engross myself in the various cultures.  While it’s great to read about other cultures, my desire has always been to experience things for myself.  I would take a sabbatical, experiencing the world, one adventure at a time.

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Number Four

After becoming the world traveler I know I am destined to be, I would buy a small house with plenty of land.  I don’t want a big house because I don’t want to have to clean it.  The bigger the house, the more stuff you seem to accumulate.  Having “stuff” can be stressful.  I love the idea of not being surrounded all the time by junk I may never use.  In my current home, we have rooms we never even use, but they are all filled with crap.  What I would buy to go with the house is toys.  My kind of toys, kayaks, paddle boards, a four wheeler, things that you can spend a day having fun doing.  I love being outside and the more “toys” I have that allow me to enjoy the outdoors even more are always going to be a yes for me.

Number Five

Since I have purchased the above mentioned land, I would become a dog foster mom again.  If I had land and space, I would foster all kinds of animals.  I would provide them with room to run and play and all the love they can soak up.  Speaking of fostering, I would love to become a foster mom for kiddos as well.  This is something that has been on my heart for a long time, and if I were blessed with the financial means, I would absolutely apply to become a foster parent.  There are over 400,000 children in foster care in our country and not nearly enough foster homes.   I would absolutely love to provide a home to some of those children.  They need stability and love, and I would be more than willing to provide both of those items.

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close up picture of two donkies

Number Six

This isn’t so much how I would spend my money, but rather how I would spend my time.  Winning the lottery would allow me the luxury to choose what I want to do with my time.  I would spend it volunteering.  There are so many awesome ways to get out there and help.  Volunteering at animal shelters, for local non-profits, environmental clean ups, the list is endless.  Giving back to my local community would be a high priority for me.  I want to be part of a community that takes care of each other.  That starts with being part of the difference.  Be the change.  Make a difference.  Your time is valuable and meaningful, and the time you spend giving back (in whatever capacity that may be), will never be forgotten by those you helped.

What’s the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?

I'd love to hear your thoughts!