What would you do with $640 Million?

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For those of you who have been sleeping in a cave for the past several days, there’s a huge lottery jackpot up for grabs tonight!!  Did you buy your tickets?  I have to be honest here and tell you that I did not buy a ticket…I’m not much of a gambler…seriously, did you see the odds of winning?  Of course, someone will win (or several someones…or maybe no one will win tonight…yikes!!), so maybe I should have sprung a measly little dollar bill for a chance of a lifetime.

I like imagining what I’d do with all of that money…so tonight I started thinking about it…and you know what?  I couldn’t really come up with much that I’d jump right in and spend big bucks on.  I’d buy some land down home (in southern Indiana) and build a nice house with solar panels.  I’d need a pickup just because I’d be living out in the country and would need it to haul things in.  Hmm…what else?  Maybe that RV that I keep threatening to make my retirement home (if that day ever comes) so I could travel around and see the sights and visit the kids.  Then what?

Well, for sure I’d figure out some way to get IU basketball season tickets…I’m thinking all of those millions of dollars would go a long way in jumping me to the top of the waiting list…I’d go to every home game…heck, I could afford to go to every road game too, couldn’t I?  Go Hoosiers!!!

And then?  Well, heck…I just don’t know what else I’d do with that much money…donate a lot to my favorite charities, start a scholarship fund for students at my high school…maybe buy a new car for my boss…

And if I won tonight (assuming I’d purchased a ticket…haha), would I go to work tomorrow morning?  Well, I believe I would.  I think I wouldn’t really be able to believe I’d won the whole shebang until I showed up at the lottery headquarters and had everything verified.  Plus, I wouldn’t want Chris to have to come in on his weekend off…what would likely be his last weekend off for quite some time…because, yes, once I knew for sure that I’d won, I would definitely quit my job…I never believe people who say they wouldn’t.

So what are your plans for all of that loot?

How would you spend your lottery winnings?

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We were talking the other day about what we would do if we won the lottery, you know, the big one!  I don’t ever really think about it, because I figure you have to actually buy lottery tickets to win and very rarely do I buy a lottery ticket of any kind.  But it was kind of fun to talk about it and dream a little.

We both said we’d quit our jobs (now what does that say about us and the jobs we’re in?).  Chris said he’d probably start his own business.  I think I’d just buy a nice little place in the country and a new truck, then work on my writing.  He thought that sounded boring, but heck, I’ve been working since I was 14 (13 years of running my own business).  I would enjoy some solitude so I could really focus on improving my craft.  It’s difficult to devote a lot of time to writing when you work more than full time and have to do all of the things associated with running a household.  But I bet most of you all already knew that.  I can envision myself sleeping in until about 6 am, getting up and feeding the cats and the birds, then sitting down at the computer for a few hours working on a book, articles, reviews or my blog.  Then spending about an hour working out and another hour doing chores, then sitting back down to spend a few more hours writing. 

Now I’m not saying that’s exactly how it would be.  I know myself well enough to know I’d probably get distracted, spend time answering emails, on facebook, reading other blogs, etc.  Then I’d probably start staying up later and getting up later, sitting outside reading and bird watching.  And I’d probably have to start taking naps due to my strenuous schedule.  I wonder just how much extra writing time I’d get in every day…oh well, it’s not like I’m going to be winning that monster lottery any time soon anyhow…