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What would you do if you won the lottery?
Member Name: walsha11
What would you do if you won the lottery?
Date: 20/07/12, updated on 20/07/12 (68 review reads)
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A few months ago I started playing the lottery for the first time ever. I had been daydreaming a lot about what I could do with the money and how much it would entirely change my life plans. Eventually I decided that I'm never going to win if I don't play and so I started buying tickets. Looking at the amounts you can win I opted for the euromillions because not only are the winnings large but you also get entered into a millionaires raffle so that gives you two opportunities to win.
So far all I have won is a measly £2.70 and I've spent at least 10 times that amount playing but as the lottery tag lines tells us 'you have to be in it to win it'. So here is what I would do if I did actually win...
1. My main priority would be family. Without revealing too much (both my mum and sister are on dooyoo) I would make sure everyone was comfortable. My parents own their own home and regularly go away on exotic holidays so I'm not sure they would want for much. I might buy them a home somewhere abroad, pay them back for funding me through university (twice) and just assist them in any way they needed. My brother is 18 and could definitely do with leaving home and becoming independent but it just isn't feasible on his salary. So I would buy him a flat to enable him to do this, the rest he'd have to work out on his own. My sister has a 1 year old son, who I adore, I would definitely set up some kind of trust fund for him that would set him up for the rest of his life. I would also help her and her partner to buy a house which they've been wanting to do for ages.
2. I would go on holiday. I work four jobs so that I have the money to spend on things I want and I don't have to rely on other people for things. A holiday is never really at the top of list because it feels really self indulgent! I went to Dubai with my mother in October and I'd love to go back because the weather and relaxation suits me perfectly. It sounds sad but I think I'd probably go alone, I love to read and sunbathe on holiday and to do that uninterrupted would be glorious.
3. Keep it secret, or as much as possible. I would tell my family and that would be it. I wouldn't tell friends because I think people would begin to expect things from you and I'm not 100% sure I'd tell my boyfriend straight away because he'd be off buying every guitar that exists. I definitely wouldn't want to be in the papers because every creep from your past comes crawling out of the woodwork wanting something, and that just isn't something I'd want to experience.
4. Buy a house. One of my biggest worries in life is that I will never be financially secure enough to buy my own home. A lottery windfall would give me everything I needed to not only buy my own home but to own my own home - and I could decorate it exactly as I wanted. Oh, and it would have a library to rival Beauty and the Beast.
5. Car. My car is getting pretty old now and though I have no interest in getting a flashy card I might buy myself something small and new. If anything it'll save on bills in the long run.
6. I would finish my University course but I probably wouldn't go into teaching. If I won enough money I would set up my own business because it wouldn't matter if you made no money from it, or even lost money. This is a secret little dream of mine but I would love to own my own bookshop. I know what you're thinking, that it is probably the worst decision in a declining market. But what I know from working in one is the amount of money that the kids department takes, almost 40% of our profit each month. The one thing that the kindle and supermarkets with their rock bottom prices can't compete with is that people are still spending money, and lots of it, on kids books. I would love to own somewhere in London that was basically a retreat for children and parents who love books, somewhere children could be excited about going to and somewhere I could throw all my passion for books into. It's pretty much the main reason I want to win the lottery because it isn't an achievable dream without a huge amount of money.
7. I would definitely tweak a few things about the way I look. My teeth are by no means in bad condition but I would definitely want them whitened. I would also get a gym in my home because I definitely lack will power when it comes to exercise and if the equipment in my own home can't make me do it then nothing could. Oh, and I'd get a personal trainer (a mean one) because then I would have no option at all. I would probably also get myself some new clothes and things but I love being comfortable so it'd probably be more quantity than quality as I like shopping high street.
8. I think as a sideline and business venture I would also invest in property. I have always loved houses and architecture and constantly day dream about decorating my own home. I would love to renovate old houses that need a little love and care and it would hopefully make a little money too (although it wouldn't need to!).
So, just a small wish list! Really if I did win a huge amount of money these plans would probably take me years to carry out because I'd probably be shell shocked for the first year at least. I would definitely wanted to remain as grounded as possible, it would just give me the opportunity to experience things and to realise dreams in a way most people never get to do. Writing this makes me glad I buy lottery tickets...until I remember the odds.
Summary: The reason I buy lottery tickets.