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What would you do if you won the lottery?
Member Name: shirleyleunicorn
What would you do if you won the lottery?
Date: 06/07/12, updated on 28/05/13 (63 review reads)
Advantages: I could do everything I've always wanted to do
Disadvantages: Gets your hopes up
What would I do if I won the lottery? That is a question that has been asked and answered by many, who dream of winning a huge amount of money which would lead to them to potentially live in a fairy tale for the rest of their lives. Well, first of all I would like to point out that the probability of this happening is about as close to zilch as it can get because:
a) I hardly ever play the lottery because I know that more times than most I would be pouring my pound coins down the drain, and anyway I don't have time to slouch in front of the TV every Saturday, moaning as my numbers do not get picked.
and b) Playing the lottery is like paying a pound for a chance in many many million. They say that the chances of you winning the lottery is less than the chances of you getting struck by lightning, and I don't doubt that. Some people will never win, though they may continue trying for the rest of their lives. People will keep trying and trying because that is what gambling aims to do; it keeps you hooked on that slight sliver of possibility.
I have never won a penny from playing the lottery in my life, and there is really not much point of me telling myself "Oh, my time will come soon enough", because chances are (and the chances are pretty big) that my time will never come. Sometimes, you cannot rely on luck and chance, you have to live with the consequences and the rewards of what you do. That being said, if I was to win the lottery, I guess I would have plenty I could do with it, some of these uses being:
* The classic "I want a huge house with a hundred million bedrooms, an ice rink, swimming pool, tennis courts and ponies" does seem tempting, but it does not fit into my ideal life. Well, instead, I would actually prefer to live in a smaller, but more luxurious penthouse overlooking some beautiful scenery.
* It would perhaps be nice to get someone to help with the housework and stuff- it would certainly leave me with much more free time and take away some heavy stress and workload.
* A lot of it would obviously go to charity, to those causes of which are the most important to me. It is key for those who are fortunate to remember that just because they have over what is necessary to survive on, there are many out there who would be ecstatic just to receive a few pounds of what is yours.
* I would use some money to travel the world and see anything and everything of interest. One of the best things, to me, that I could do with life is to travel the world, have a good time and make a difference. I have a sort of resolution to visit every single country in the world in my lifetime, something that I am not sure is possible, but a private jet could help me reach at least part of my target!
* I would donate some money to my family, I think they would be glad to hear.
* Though I would feel more free with spending my money, it is important to remember that the money is not, in fact, endless. I would probably end up putting
If you handle the money you win carefully, without being too foolish, winning the lottery could greatly change your life for the better. That is to say if you are lucky enough to win, and those chances are absolutely minuscule. Just to say, though, a large number of people who do end up winning the lottery end up worse off than they were before, being blinded by what seems like a endless pot of gold. You hear all these stories of people spending the whole of their winnings in a matter of weeks, or even days. The money could make people jealous and drive away those who you considered were your true friends- I have heard about many happy couples being torn apart because of the matter of the lottery winnings. In the worst case scenarios, the "happy" winners have even had their lives taken away over a simple concept of money!
I am sure that some manage to live full happy lives with their lottery winnings, but the high percentage of the people who does is enough to unnerve most.
To be honest, instead of dwelling on dreams which will probably never come true, I would rather use my time doing something worthwhile in life, which may create an impact and change the world for the better. As John Rohn once said:
"Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time."
Summary: It's not worth the bother