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Mar 17, 2011

WRITER'S CHALLENGE

Welcome to our Writer's Challenge for March 18th. Our topic this time around is:
How would a massive lottery win change you besides the fact that lack of money would not be a problem any more? 
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Now here is my story.

[326/365]  Lottery MoneyImage by Lisa Brewster via Flickr
Oh how we dream of that big win. That screaming crazy moment when one would realize that those numbers we have on our little piece of paper are going to change our lives forever.
Just imagine as the lottery ads say here in B.C. Just imagine ... as the woman goes up on deck of her beautiful sailboat. Just imagine that you have all this money. How is this going to change you?

I wonder what challenges would be coming right along with those dollar signs.
Of course sharing your windfall is a wonderful thing. I am a generous person but I am also a realist and know that pouring money on something isn't going to fix it.
I know that the requests for cash would be never ending and that would be hard to take. I am not a pushover and would not be feeling guilty about turning people down.

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20:  Gold money cli...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
Winning a large sum of money would require you to manage it like a business.
You can't nor should you give money away just because people ask for it. You have to understand that you don't owe anybody anything...unless of course you do actually owe someone money... then pay up sucker, you just won the lottery.

If you had worked your tail off and had a successful business would you feel obligated to start giving your money out to the myriad of people who would be asking for it? Of course not. You earned it. Not to say that you shouldn't give to charity but you do not owe it to anyone to give them money.You can't give to everyone but you can certainly give what makes you feel good.

Though helping our sons financially would be a wonderful thing you also don't want them to end up with no sense of self having worked and earned a living. How many members of the "lucky sperm club" as we refer to the children of extremely wealthy, have gone down the drain because they don't have to work for a living and become a productive member of society. 

So how would winning big bucks in a lottery change me? I am pretty sure I would be much thinner because I would have a chef prepping my food. Well that is if I am not having the chef prepare ice cream sundaes every day.

Me, and chef FritzImage via Wikipedia
I would have a masseuse on call to knead me into a loosey goosey relaxed body almost daily. I would be so thrilled to help out family and friends who I feel do deserve it.
Sadly though I would be wary. I would question the motives of people all the time. I would worry about the safety of my family. With the money would come a lot of concerns.
How would I sleep at night. I think for a long time I wouldn't. My brain would be spinning faster than a top. What to do first. Who to help. Who to refuse. People who are angry because you turn them down. 


There is a saying "heavy hangs the head that wears the crown" or something like that. With the great power that a large amount of money gives you it also gives you a lot of responsibilities and angst.
WESTHOVE CASTLEImage by Akbar Simonse via Flickr
Would it be worth it? If you are the same smart person who doesn't let people push you around now then you will still be that person. Just with a great tan and a much nicer home (or 3).

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7 comments:

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Is it too late for me to apply to be a member of the Lucky Sperm Club??? Happy Weekend Lori:@)

Kathleen said...

Lori, money does change some people. Lack of it too!
I don't think we have to worry! What are the odds? I gave 5 lottery tickets out to my guests last night. Between the 5 we won five dollars. Not much change there!

Diane said...

Did I ever have fun making that post! I am your newest follower, looking forward to more Writer's Challenges.

Pat said...

Loved this idea, and spent much more time on it than I had planned. But I had fun! Thanks for the great blog.

Pat

Jane said...

Hi Lori,
I really enjoyed your post and agree with so much you said. It would be a challenge to be a big lottery winner. Yes, the financial stability would be wonderful but money can bring out the ugly in people and I just don't know that I could handle that.
I never play the lottery so I guess I won't have to worry :)
Have a great week.
Jane

Lynn said...

We used to all buy lottery tickets together as a faculty. I was always sure we wouldn't win anything, but if I didn't join in and they all won I'd hate to be left behind!!! Oh no wait! I'm sure we would have all continued to teach because we were only doing it out of the goodness of our hearts and the dedication of our souls. Yeah, That's the ticket!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I usually don;'t buy lottery tickets unless the jackpot is really, really big! If I win I want to win BIG. I know the chances are next to nil though so I don't expect it. If I did win my one indulgence would be to take a cruise around the world. The rest I would invest and give portions to my children and grandchildren. I don't think I'd change my lifestyle all that much. I don't need a lot of things tio make me happy.

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