Instead of breaking into another “we are so screwed” soliloquy and agonizing over the fate of the human race, how about today we have some fun called:
You Just Won The Lottery! What Are You Gonna Do Now?
Okay, before my inbox gets filled with sob stories asking for a little cash to get you through just until your six-figure book deal for Doping Days: Riding Like The Wind comes through, or you hear back from the producers of Shark Tank about your idea for printable clothing, or your court date for impersonating a Kardashian - I did NOT win the lottery.
Sometimes, when we have exhausted every other form of entertainment, or the internet is down, we like to play “what would we do if we won the lottery.” This is the kind of fun our parents had back in the olden days when people sat on the front porch swing looking through the Sears and Roebuck Wish Book imagining what they would buy if they were the Rockefellers.
Lottery tickets don’t make our list of “must haves” on payday. So, it’s unlikely that we will ever win, but it’s fun to think about what we would do with enough to buy Congress Mega Millions. Even one million is enough to set our imaginations on fire. Of course, a million doesn’t go as far as it used to, but after taxes, I suppose we could do something responsible with part of it. After we throw one heluva hootenanny, of course.
According to an ABC News report about how lottery winners spend their money, a psychology professor hired by the Virginia Lottery to counsel lottery winners says winners who go on to lead successful lives are those who had well-defined goals, plans and ambitions long before they ever bought a ticket. They view money not as a plaything to be frittered away, but as a tool with which to gain some practical end. The more specific their ambition, the better.
So here’s your chance. Share your well-defined goals. Don’t end up broke, drunk, in jail and hounded by the IRS because, like me, you chose the “spend until there isn’t even bail money left” plan. You might be thinking, what about charity? Well sure, that’s one way to go. If I win, I will make a sizable donation in your name to the charity of your choice. Which is your favorite? Can’t decide? Take a look at the No Used Crap/Cash Only list of charities and get back to me, but hurry, this offer is for a limited time only.
As for leaving something for the kids, I like the use it or lose it approach. The whole inheritance thing would be such a hassle for them, and the last thing we would ever want for those who taught us everything we know is a hassle. So, I’m thinking we should share our winnings while we are still around to enjoy it with them. Maybe a family night out at Benihana and a nice set of snow tires. They would appreciate that, right?
You can probably see why this game is so much fun. So, what do ya say? Wanna play? What would you do if you won the lottery?
Rush Big Money