Sporadically Sara: Winning the Lottery
The topic of the morning in my office today is the Powerball Powerplay, which has now reached $1.4 Billion dollars! They will be drawing tomorrow evening for a winner, so we are all planning on winning and not being at work Thursday. Of course the fact that the odds of winning are one in 292 million doesn’t seem to slow our minds down from dreaming of what we would do if we actually won. I don’t think that I have ever bought a lottery ticket or gambled at a casino, but I think I will make a pit stop tonight to buy a few tickets and throw my hat in the ring along with the 292 million other people.
We were talking about what we would do with all of this money if we were to win the entire amount and the first thing that most people say is that they would pay off all of their debt, after all of the bills are paid is when the fun comes! Some people would move to the middle of nowhere and enjoy life by themselves. Some people would give all members of their family money and then put a good chunk of the money into a savings account. I think that it would be important to me to share my winnings with my family and loved ones first before I tried to decide what to do with the rest of the winnings.
Some would travel the world with their winnings and buy extravagant vacation homes. There are so many things that you could buy with all of the winnings, but sometimes I wonder if winning this much money would be a bad thing. I have heard that when someone wins a large amount of money they will have “long lost relatives” come out of the woodwork looking for a handouts. I think the downside to winning a large amount of money like this would be that your life would no longer be yours. The media would take over and your face would be everywhere and every move you make is no longer done in private. I think sometimes we take for granted the fact that we can go to the grocery store without a mob of camera people following us. I do not envy famous people in any way when it comes to this part of their job.
All of this talk about money makes me think of all of the things in my life that have no monetary value but are the most important things in my life. There are four people in my life that I couldn’t survive without, my fianc Tyler, my Mom and Ron and my brother John. I could have all the money in the world but none of it would replace the people that we love. If you have ever lost someone that you love, you know that you would pay any amount of money or give anything that you had to get that person back. I think this huge lottery is a good reminder of the things that are really important in life, and money isn’t one of them. Having your loved ones near you, happy and healthy is priceless and can’t be found on a lottery ticket. Good luck to my fellow 292 million friends that are trying to win the big pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
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