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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I Did Not Win the $600 Million Powerball



Sunday morning I woke to disappointment. I did not win the Powerball jackpot. Then there was another heap of disappointment when I learn that someone else did. (If no one had matched the numbers, the jackpot would have sailed past $1 billion. Wowzers!) And, as of right now, I’ve checked the family tree and I’m not related to anyone in Zephyrhills, Florida where the winning tickets was purchased.

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But before all this heartbreak, my family and I did have fun imagining what we would do with the money. Here’s what we came up with.

1. Puppies! 
All three kids would get a puppy of their own. Of course, we’d get them from an animal shelter. We’d want to be charitable in our new found wealth.
 http://cdn-www.dailypuppy.com/media/dogs/anonymous/lucyspups_mutts02.jpg_w450.jpg


2. World Travel! 
My husband would like to do this aboard a luxury cruise. Sounds good to me, because as a millionaire, I don’t plan on roughing it. We’d also need to hire tutors for the children because our traveling might interfere with the school year.
 http://www.taramullarkey.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/world-travel.jpg

3. Job Growth! 
We’d hire tutors, as already mentioned, but we’d also need a cook and a cleaning staff. And knowing my children, we’d need to hire a dog walker. My husband, the marathon runner, wants to hire a personal trainer.  Good for him!
 http://www.nelsongy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/fastfurious-BIG.jpg

4. Give to Family! 
Sure, we’d give to family. Maybe not to everyone on our Christmas card list but at least to those who know I don’t have an “E” in my name.

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5. The Cliché Millionaire To-Do List. 
We’d pay off our debts. We’d give to charity. We’d go on a shopping spree. We’d have at least 1 awesome week end in Vegas. We’d tell off a few people (kidding!).
 http://www.paconferenceforwomen.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/shopping-spree.jpg

6. Make Big Purchase! 
I read that large numbers of lotto winners buy car dealerships. (I’ve no idea where I read or heard this.) That would not be my family. Buying a car is a painful, depressing experience. My mom always said she’d buy a golf course. I don’t golf. So if I was going to make a big purchase/investment, I’d be the proud owner of a winery or a bookstore or a publishing house. With $600 million, I guess I could have all three.
 http://visitgalenanow.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/winery.jpg http://www.the-digital-reader.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/56754798_af5bbfdb291.jpg http://images.businessweek.com/ss/09/05/0514_best_jobs_college_grads/image/026_publishing.jpg

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