As I write this it’s Easter weekend. So we’re having a nice relaxing time at home in the Mermaid household. A perfect time to think about the topic of today’s post. What I would do if I won the lottery.Remember, if you’re joining part way through and want to read from the beginning, you can find day 1 of the challenge here.
Winning the lottery is an impossibility for me, as I don’t play it. It’s got quite expensive to play weekly here in the UK. It’s £2 per play, so we just save that money up instead. But, winning it, and what I’d do with the money is a pipe-dream I think everyone has at some point.
This week’s UK Lotto jackpot is about £5 million (which is about $7 million US). That’s more money than I will ever see in my lifetime, but is still just a drop in the ocean when you compare it to the wealth of some of the world’s top 1%.
Now, having no idea what the big purchases actually cost, I’ll probably end up overspending – but here goes.
My dad always told me that if you put just £1 million in a high-interest account and don’t touch it for a year, you can live pretty comfortably for the rest of your life and never break into that original million. Not sure how true this is, especially when you take account charges into consideration, but let’s pretend it’s true. That would be the first thing I’d do. Then I could quit my job and not have to worry about bills and feeding my family.
I’d have the house of my dreams built from scratch. I have a very specific house in my mind that I always picture when visualising my dream life. There would be a home gym, an indoor pool, a kid’s ‘play-room’ where I could stash all my kids’ toys and games. Currently, they take up half my living room so it would be nice for them to have a room all of their own so I can watch Netflix without having half of Toys ‘R’ Us staring at me. My husband would be able to have a decent sized man-cave too, meaning I don’t have to look at his action figure collection every day and our dining table could be free of painting paraphernalia.
I’d plan a big, exotic holiday. See some places of the word I’ve had my bucket list forever. Ideally, I’d visit each continent at least once, and see the Seven Manmade Wonders and the Seven Natural Wonders
I’ve never been that interested in cars or jewellery or designer items, so I doubt I’d waste any of my money on those. I’m more likely to spend the equivalent funds on setting up a home business.
I’d make sure my kids’ educations were paid for but would have to try to keep them humble. There’s nothing more obnoxious than those billionaire spoilt kids who have never had to live in the real world.
Last, but definitely not least, I’d donate to charity. How much, and which charity to give to can be a very hard decision. Do you choose the big ‘famous’ charities or go for the smaller independent ones? Making sure that the money you give is actually going to make a difference, rather than lining the pockets of the executives is important too.
I’m sure there are many other things I’ve forgotten to add to the list, but as long as I’ve given some to charity, made sure my family are comfortable and have set myself up for an exciting future, I’d be happy.
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