Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Another Chance to Be a Millionaire Gone

I certainly didn't wake up a millionaire.

Yesterday morning, my husband commented that he would be stopping to pick up some lottery tickets on his way home.  I rolled my eyes.  I seem to be doing that a lot lately.  At least I can blame it on hormones.

After all, the lottery has probably been the talk of his work this week and it has certainly been mentioned on the news often enough.

When I spoke to my mother-in-law on the phone, she asked whether we had got our tickets.  I smiled and assured her that her son was already on it.

With a $355M Mega Millions Lottery jackpot, who wouldn't be lured by the chance to win even if your odds are hundreds of millions to one?  Okay, many.  Those who are realistic, perhaps. I have heard people refer to the lottery and the "stupidity tax".  Why waste your hard earned money on a pipe dream, they cry?

Watching the people on the news with their lists of what they would do with the money if they won, many of them looking like those dollars could be well spent elsewhere, I wonder if believing in that pipe dream is really so bad.

Growing up my dad would sometimes pick up lottery tickets.  He was a dreamer so it was no surprise that he bought into the whole idea of his ship one day coming in in the form of a little piece of paper with a bunch of numbers on it. 
Everyone needs to dream about something.  Is it really so bad to hope that one day you could be so lucky as to win the lottery and to become rich, rich beyond your wildest dreams with enough money to help those you love and your community.

Did you get sucked in and buy lottery tickets for the big drawing? 

If you had been one of the two winners of  $177.5 million, what would you done with the money?


MommyLovesStilettos said...

I didn't buy any but my boyfriend spends about $4 a week buying Mega Millions tickets. I roll my eyes but don't say anything because really it's only $4. We are fine financially, but he's a dreamer too and of course thinks winning the lottery would be incredible. I agree, but I don't care enough to go buy the tickets. If I won, I would pay off my debt, buy a bigger house, pay for my children's college tuition, and donate a LOT. :)

Michelle Saunderson said...

I buy tickets occasionally. It would be great if I won. I would definitely vacation and donate a lot, maybe set up a scholarship fund or something. Also, I would set up trusts for my kids and niece and nephew.

blueviolet said...

I'm so practical so I would have paid off my kids' college loans and invested the rest. I have no debt myself otherwise I would pay that off too.

Stephanie Faris said...

You and me both! I had the day from hell, so it would've been nice just to not show up and force them to have to deal with my absence. Of course, I'm not that type of person so I probably would have gone in and given two weeks' notice and done things the right way. Or do people normally wait until they have the money in hand to quit? It would've allowed me to do what I love full-time: write. That's all I really want.

The Drama Mama said...

If I won, I would buy some land wherever I wanted, build my dream house, and we would travel around the country visiting family.

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