Earlier this week, Derek, my significant other, was at a gas station when he spied 3 lottery tickets drifting on a breeze through the parking lot. He assumed they were from a past drawing, but when he looked at the date, he saw the tickets were for that night’s drawing.
When he arrived home and showed me the tickets, I started to wonder…what were the odds of finding 3 lottery tickets…could these be winning tickets? Winning this particular game wouldn’t result in a life changing win, but what if it did and what if we won.
It’s tempting to think that a large sum of money can bring happiness and solve all of your problems, but stories I’ve read about past lottery winners tell a different story. If not managed properly, a big win can turn into a big disaster. Surprisingly, people with prior experience of winning the lottery have repeated the same mistake, spending too much money too soon.
Even $50 million can run out if you splurge on anything your heart desires such as, luxury homes, high end cars and foreign travel. Bankruptcy, divorce and estranged relationships with family are just a few problems that some lottery winners have faced. As it turns out, Easy Street might not be that easy.
Derek and I didn’t win any money from those 3 tickets, but we didn’t lose any either. If we ever did win the big one, we’re pretty conservative when it comes to money, so I’d like to think we would be the exception.
What would you do if you hit the jackpot?