I Won the Lottery!!

I confess....I play the lottery occasionally. $170 million is the total at the last count.

I think I would buy a house in the south of France....not big...just a nice bungalow.

I would take a trip to Bora Bora and live in a thatched hut over the crystal blue water...

I would have a beautiful perennial garden like this wonderful English cottage...

I would take a sailboat around the Caribbean or some other warm ocean waters....

You're suddenly rich. Such a bummer. Doesn't everybody dream of winning the lottery or inheriting a large sum of money from that long lost relative? You would think that all this money would solve your problems, right? Oh...but there's a dark side to all that cash.

A windfall would change all the parameters. We've all read or heard about some of the situations.
Willie Hurt of Lansing, Mich., won $3.1 million in 1989. Two years later he was broke and charged with murder. His lawyer says Hurt spent his fortune on a divorce and crack cocaine.

"Winning the lottery isn't always what it's cracked up to be," says Evelyn Adams, who won the New Jersey lottery not just once, but twice (1985, 1986), to the tune of $5.4 million. Today the money is all gone and Adams lives in a trailer.

One Southeastern family won $4.2 million in the early '90s. They bought a huge house and succumbed to repeated family requests for help in paying off debts. The house, cars and relatives ate the whole pot. Eleven years later, the couple is divorcing, the house is sold and they have to split what is left of the lottery proceeds. The wife got a very small house. The husband has moved in with the kids. Even the life insurance they bought ended up getting cashed in.

All sad but true stories. But there are those that have their priorities straight and know exactly what to do. A Woman of No Importance...excellent daily read, btw, so check her out...reports of a wonderful woman who inherited a cool 9 million pounds. And I quote from her blog..."Miss Ritchie said: 'I've got everything I want. I've got a nice house with two dogs and two cats. I'm the wrong shape for fancy clothes. I don't drink and I don't smoke and I don't take holidays because I'm too busy. I am very happy as I am." Miss Richie donated her money to build an industrial center where kids could learn how their classroom teaching applied to the real world.

While I didn't really win the lottery, I am in total agreement with the lady winning 9 million pounds. After my DH and I go through all the "what if" scenarios, we come back to the same starting point. We're pretty darn happy where we are even if the grass does seem greener on the other side.

So where would your cool millions go?

Comments

Lindsey said…
I don't think the money is the cause of the hardships, it's the people who don't know what to do with it. I can't remember the guy's name, but I heard about one lottery winner who vowed to turn his millions into billions. That's what I would want to do. I'm not saying I wouldn't splurge a little bit, but most of the money would saved or invested.
SoDear2MyHeart said…
Hmmmmm.... There's a prayer that says..."Lord, please let me prove to you that hitting the lottery won't spoil me..." I've often thought of what it'd be like to win all the big bucks... Practical things...The BEST college for my daughter, the back surgery I've been putting off for over a decade...yes, some bills to pay off, 10% to our church, a small farm where everything works properly (we rent now)...taking care of my mom who has reached the age of social in-security and a "difference-making" donation to a worthy charity.
But always, if I'm dreaming, a bit of "whimsy" does creep in...New Boobies!...A well-oiled swarthy guy named "Ramon" to exercise for me... every piece of antique jewelry that I ever wanted (you have MOST of them, so you'd benefit too!)...A clone, so that I could get everything done that I need to do...
Well, back to reality...and work... Thanks for the mini-vacation to the land of Vulgar Wealth!
I love what you'd do! I know the first thing I'd do is pay off all my medical bills >_> We'd probably treat ourselves in a few small ways - and definitely get a better apartment (or small house) but other than that my hubby and I would be very conservative with the money! Save it up for future emergencies...

Oh - and I'm glad you liked my tips post :)
Britwife said…
I'd pay off the bills, put a solarium on the back of the house (nothing big, mind you), put some into savings accounts for the kids when they are older (enough to buy themselves a house - but nothing mansion-like or fancy...), the rest in savings or invest so that we can go "home" to England when we wanted to go.
Jeanneoli said…
Who hasn't played that what if game! It always sounds so great to win but it only seems to cause tons of trouble. Don't get me wrong...I would still take it:-)
delighted heart said…
If you aren't happy without money then you won't be happy with money! Thanks for stopping and leaving the sweet comments!
delighted heart said…
OOOHHH I just checked out your etsy page. OMGosh your vintage jewelry is beautiful! Lovin the pink necklace...I'm having a real thing for pink these days!
Blessings!
Patti
Sad that those folks didn't know how to work with that money. I too would invest and not go crazy with splurging.
clairedulalune said…
I would be scared of all that money, I am in total agreement with 9 million lady and yourself! But, if I did ever win, I would make sure my loved ones were set up for life, (mortages paid, and things like that),pay off my bills, invest, but I wouldn't tell a soul I had won! But then again, would I react that way if I really did? Love your pictures!
briannelee said…
I would buy myself and my boyfriend a house, a Mercedes for my parents, and a condo for my brother, then I would donate some of it to the Animal Rescue League, and then save the rest. I am sure there would be little splurges here and there, but I think you def need to spend/save wisely.
I'm Julia said…
The purpose of making money is to enjoy life & to help others, right? After taking some off the top for Bora Bora & a beach house somewhere, I'd spread my big win around, in safe, interest bearing accounts. I'd pop out my calculator, divide my big win by however many years I expect/hope we will live, & budget accordingly.

My life's work would consist of performing daily, anonymous, random acts of kindness, taking care of my parents, AND having picnics on every beautiful beach in the world.

A nice daydream :-)
Look you........stop posting pictures of my house on Bora Bora. I don't want my ex to find me!!
If I won the lottery, I'd totally buy the Atlanta Braves and straighten them out so that they wouldn't blow it in the 8th or 9th inning so darned much. Id sure have to win a big lottery jackpot to buy a major league team though wouldn't I, lol.

Steady On
Reggie Girl
LENORENEVERMORE said…
I watched an episode on Oprah where they showed all the previous Lottery winners were unhappy after winning...Well I thoght money can buy happiness??? ...guess there's a difference between Happiness & true JOY... Peace!
littlebyrd said…
I would definitely travel more and would want my husband to retire but other than that I don't think I'd change too much. What a great feeling that is!!
Delena said…
In Canada right now our lottery prize is up to 49 million. It would change our lives that is for sure. I can't stand it when people say, "oh it will never change me".
Just Jules said…
Bills first - for sure. Money away for each kid. Then hide out for a bit until the dust settles.

Vacation would be priority - "you want to go to Disney World honey? ohhh hmmm o.k., why not!"

Hire sitter at beach resort - separate family room suites (connected of course)

oh to dream.

We always end up in the - what we would give to others conversation ... so there would be that too.
Hit 40 said…
My friend got a $300,000 settlement for a bad knee replacement. The money is very much gone, and so is the awful husband who spent it all.

She now has no money or husband. The whole story has so many terrible details. It was all because of the $$$.

I would still love to win the lottery :-0 I would pay off my bills and move to where no one could find us with new names.
Lover of Life said…
Great post! I have been reading today about abundance in "A New Earth", and I agree with Tolle - true abundance is the realization that it is already in you - all you have to do is see it. It is in the sun shine on your face, the birds singing, the flowers, it's everywhere. He says when you open yourself to this abundance, you draw more to yourself.
Wow. Thats a great post!
Unforuntaly some people will do the whole 'blow it all and ruin life' thing, but I think it depends on the person.
I don't know what I would spend mine on...Okay yes I do. Lol
College, world travel, family and friends, charity.
Alisa said…
I think Miss Richie has got the right idea too. Although a nice little cottage in France would be nice. ;)
vicki archer said…
Winning the lottery sure changes lives and not always in the most positive way as you have pointed out. What would I do with a win like that? I am with you - nothing different at all, xv.
Liss said…
I don’t play lotto at all. The odds of winning are so not in your favour and I think the average person spends/throws away far more money that what they ever win on these games .I think of the money I save by not playing. That is money I have to put away for a holiday or pay my bills, spend on my kids. Plus I just don’t gamble now, that’s due to some of my ex-husband’s issues.

It’s always nice to dream though. I really like the fact that you wouldn’t change much about your life. That is really nice.

If I did have a big win fall. I would pay off my house, invest for my kids futures, ensure my family were well looked after and then donate to the small self funded organisations that provided early intervention services for disabled children and their familles as waiting list can be as long as 2 years to get help that is required.
I'm Julia said…
Nothing else to say, I just came back to look at the pictures again ;-)
Sandra said…
I used to think of all of the things I would have. A couple of years ago I changed my ideas. I know several people who are having a tough time, through no fault of their own. I would use my money to help those I know and to help many that I don't. I'd make sure we had enough to not worry, but I don't think about all of the things like I used to. I basically have enough.
I've heard many sad stories of folks who suddenly come into money and just don't know how to deal with it. Money changes people, there is no doubt about that. It's how we change is what is important. Being given a gift of secure finances should never be taken lightly. Great post!

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