Last week, in a small town of 7,000 people in eastern Washington, the lives of one retired couple changed forever. They won $190 million dollars in the Mega-Millions multi-state lottery drawing. This couple came across as down home, nice, family-oriented people and I found myself smiling as they were interviewed. These were cool folks and I liked that they won this money. Hey, if I can’t have it, it might as well be someone nice, right?
As with any large monetary win like that, they were asked what they would do with the money. They said they would share it with their children. In fact, he was quite proud of the fact that his children, and his children’s children, and so on, would never have to worry about money. They also said they would be buying a motor home so they could get away from all the people that would probably be trying to contact them now. I got a real laugh out of that.
As usual, though, any time we hear about a win like this, my husband and I got to talking about what WE would do with that kind of money. Would we go directly to Olympia (Do not pass Go, do not collect $200) to claim our prize? No, we’d probably get with a financial guy first.
Would we want our names all over the news? No, but we’d most likely have no control over that.
And what would we do with the money? Well, invest, first and foremost (hence the need of a financial guy). And we’ve always dreamed of paying off our children’s mortgages. That would be fun to do. Beyond that, we just don’t know. I can’t imagine that we would change our lifestyle too drastically. Although there is a thirty day cruise to Australia that I have pinned up over my desk. So I’m guessing there would be a trip or two in our future. And any airfare would be first class.
It’s always fun to ask what you would do if you won a large jackpot or prize like that. Let’s all dream together.
posted by Laurie Ryan