Jill Weatherholt

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Today’s your lucky day!

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The question has probably crossed everyone’s mind at least once, for some, perhaps more than once. What would I do if I won a multi-million dollar lottery?

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?

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

100 thoughts on “Today’s your lucky day!

  1. Oh Man! If only… One time Mr. and I thought we had won $25,000 on scratch tickets and we were jumping up and down on our bed after having scratched the ‘winning’ ticket. It was fun while it lasted, until we realized we didn’t have the diamond shape needed to match the others. If was devastating for a while, actually, I’m still devastated and it was 10 years ago. 🙂 We are pretty conservative with our $ also though a personal chef and masseuse would be priorities for us.

    Sounds like Derek hit the jackpot when he met you!!! 🙂 🙂

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    • What a great story, Maria…you need to write about that. I’m sorry your diamond was actually a cubic zirconia. 😦 Keep scratching, maybe your day will come.
      Hum…a personal chef sounds nice…oh, I already have one, Derek does all the cooking and he’s quite talented!
      Ha ha…my Dad says the same thing about Derek hitting the jackpot. 🙂
      I hope you and the entire Brickhouse family have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! xo

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  2. I think we would just keep on as is for the most part. It would be nice to travel a bit more, update a bit more, help the kids a bit more and be sure we had just enough for the latest repair. Yep…we would still repair and not necessarily buy new.

    We don’t play the lottery often. Perhaps we’ll stick a ticket into a birthday card or buy some on a holiday. hmmm…we have Memorial Day weekend coming up. Maybe it’s time to get a ticket.

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    • I’m with you, Georgette, these days, buying new doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better. We have a backup refrigerator in our garage that is probably 20+ years old. We’ve already had to replace the refrigerator that came with the house, after 9 years.
      Buying a ticket now and then is always fun. When I take my mom out shopping and stop for gas, she always buys us each a ticket…for fun.
      Who knows, maybe you’ll get a winning ticket his weekend. Have a great holiday!

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  3. Oh man! What a story! Sorry you didn’t win, but I’m glad you didn’t lose money on those tickets. I used to play the lottery many years ago, thinking I’d win some easy money. I never did, so I quit playing. As for what I’d do with the money, well I’d pay off school loans, taxes, and then head to Italy, Ireland, and Scotland for a few months. I’d love to get my parents a new house. Then I’d probably wind up giving a lot of it away. I’d love to have a few scholarships to give to needy students.

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    • Even though they weren’t winners, I felt bad for the person who lost them. A few years ago, Derek bought a winning ticket when he purchased on a whim. It was exciting…not life changing money, but enough to be get excited.
      I love your plans to use some winning for scholarships, Linda. Of course, from you, I wouldn’t expect anything less. 🙂
      Oh, a trip to Italy sounds wonderful. I’ve always wanted to visit Tuscany.
      Have a great holiday weekend and have fun at your nephew’s graduation! xo

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  4. We always buy a ticket. The most we have ever won is fifty quid – and that was thrilling because we felt we’d bucked the system! I think we had a couple of extra bottles of wine that week.
    Too much money would be a millstone – enough to be comfortable but leaving room to still strive – otherwise what is left? Dis-satisfaction with everything … it’s a slippery slope.
    Enjoy your holiday weekend Jill – with or without lots of cash!

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    • It is definitely a slippery slope for some people, Jenny. Here in the U.S., there’s a show entitled, “The Lottery Changed My Life.” There are very few stories where winning the lottery worked in the winners favor and resulted in happiness. Perhaps winning fifty quid and purchasing some wine is the road to happiness.
      Enjoy your well deserved holiday, Jenny!

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  5. Good morning, Jill. That happened here in my little town. A couple with small children won the lottery. They went to Florida, and less than a year later they were back with just enough money left to buy a house that had been for sale for a very long time and was selling for a third of it’s value. A year later the house was being repossessed. Seems strange that more people can’t manage that much money responsibly. But, since I don’t play the lotto, I’m not likely to win it. 😀 It sure would be nice though to have enough money to pay off my medical bills, help Eric more with college, and maybe my poor hubby could stop working so hard. But they say hard work is good for soul. Guess we’ll just keep plugging away. 🙂 Hugs, Elizabeth

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    • There are so many hard luck stories when it comes to people winning a multi-million lottery jackpot, Elizabeth. I would venture to say, the people who win millions and are bankrupt a year or so later, didn’t contact a financial advisor and estate planner, they just went crazy. Even the most conservative individuals need expert advice when it comes to a life changing windfall.
      I think it would be nice to have peace of mind, that there’s plenty in the bank, if needed.
      I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend…storm free. xo

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      • Peace of mind? What exactly is that again? Not sure I can remember back that far. 😀 You have a beautiful weekend too.

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      • Ha ha! I’m sending you some peace of mind via the internet, Elizabeth. Sometimes we just have to accept that so many things are out of our control and worrying just drains us. I’ve been down that road of worry and exhaustion…never again.
        Happy weekend!

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  6. Finding WINNING tickets floating on the breeze would have been an exciting start to the weekend, Jill. Your comments echo what I’ve read. Winning the lottery makes people happier for a short time, but then they revert back to their previous level of happiness.

    I won the lottery once . . . after the Universe whispered the winning number into my ear. If you’re interested:

    http://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2011/07/22/what-if-what-if-what-if/

    To me, the experience wasn’t about the money . . . it was the fun of knowing I had the winning number BEFORE the lottery went off.

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  7. I would paint the outside of our house (job saved for next year) and build steps on our deck using an architect first! I tend to think (as I am prone to this) that finding those three lottery tickets in the breeze, was a sign if some kind!!!! 🙂

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  8. I bet the person who lost the tickets is glad you didn’t win the lottery that night, either. 😉

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  9. Ah, one of my favorite fantasies: winning the Lotto 🙂 My husband and I have often discussed what we would do. We too are fiscally conservative, and we know people who have blown through windfalls because of greed and immaturity and we certainly wouldn’t want that to happen to us. My frequent refrain is, if only I could make a 6-figure salary for one year … the money I would save and then quit on 😉

    If we won, I would want to help out my family (my husband doesn’t have any family left so he’s stuck with mine); the best way might be to set up trusts or something similar for my grandnephews and grandniece. There’s nothing I can do for my mom: she’s 90 and trying to spend down what she has so she has zero left when she dies (lol … I’m serious, that really is her attitude).

    Of course our cats would get only the very best kitty food and kitty care (as if they don’t already get that … ).

    I know we would quit our jobs so we could pursue what we love most full-time (me, writing, and my husband, astrophotography). We’ve said we would calculate what we need to live comfortably (and with good medical coverage), and then we probably would have to donate the rest away … maybe fund potable water projects like my husband worked on when he was in the Peace Corps. In all honesty, the most fun I have with this fantasy is imagining the possible positive difference I might be able to make somewhere. It doesn’t have to be huge with my name written all over it. Something simple like building potable water systems, teaching children to read, supporting small businesses, distributing mosquito netting can make a lasting positive difference in many people’s lives.

    Either that or build a huge kitty sanctuary 🙂

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  10. My husband and I have discussed this…we would travel a bit, buy our daughter a house, start a beer brewing business and invest the rest. It’s nice to dream, isn’t it?!! Sorry you didn’t win but I’m sure you had fun imagining…what if? Have a great weekend! ~Karen~

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    • A beer brewing business….I like that, Karen. Has this been a lifelong dream? Yes, winning the lottery is a nice dream, but we’ll continue to work for our money and maybe keep dreaming.
      I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

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      • My husband is a home beer brewer and a good one at that! Ironically, I don’t drink beer, (haha) but everyone who drinks it says it’s wonderful. I’ll stick to red wine.
        Hope you had a great holiday weekend, Jill! 🙂 ~Karen~

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      • Oh, I’ll bet your neighbors love you guys, Karen. Perhaps if you win the lottery, he’ll buy you a vineyard. 🙂
        I had a great holiday and I hope you did as well.

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  11. We would invest most of it; hubby would finally get his dream cabin in the middle of the nowhere and we would buy a bigger house so I could finally 🙂 have my own office. I would read more books, work less (perhaps work smarter too in the process), meditate for longer than 10 minutes, take longer walks and visit family and friends who are scattered like seeds all over the world 🙂

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    • Ah, working less and reading more, my dream come true, Yolanda. 🙂 It would be nice to be in a position to visit more family and friends who are scattered about.
      Enjoy your holiday weekend! xo

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  12. You are so right in everything you say here Jill. There is much evidence to prove that money changes nothing much – if you are useless with it, you will squander it and if you are good with it – well, you probably don’t really need more! There is a saying ‘Wherever you go, you take you with you!’ It applies to winning the lottery as well. Money does not solve our problems – we have to work on ourselves to do that.

    Having said that I have been a winner and it was a wonderful experience. It wasn’t enough to make me a millionaire, but it was enough to solve a few issues, help a few people and support myself for a year when my job disappeared in the recession. It has all gone now, but the memories remain 🙂

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    • So many sad stories when it comes to lottery winners, Pauline. I would say, that’s probably the problem, these winner thought, If only I could win the lottery, my like would be perfect.
      I’m happy to hear that you were a winner. You were given what you needed at the time and that’s what makes it a gift.
      Thanks for sharing your story. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  13. I know I’d see my parents more often! The money can enable me to take time off work and get me there, but it can’t buy me the most precious commodity: more time with them.

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  14. Oh Jill, can you imagine? We have discussed this from time to time, what would we do if we won a huge amount of money? Just to have all our bills paid, not to worry about our mortgage, or stress every time something like the washing machine breaks down, have some money in savings for emergencies, not panic if the car dies. That is what would be nice about having ‘enough’. But if it were a life-changing amount the first thing I would do is buy a house for each of my three kids and buy a plane ticket…to come and visit you ❤
    Have a great weekend my friend and love to DFD (tell him better luck next time, lol!!) 🙂 xoxo

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    • It seems to be a common topic of conversation…lots of dreaming going on out there. 🙂 Like you, Sherri, having enough money saved for those unexpected expenses would be nice and to be able to share the wealth.
      Aw…how sweet, you’d come visit me…well keep playing and hopefully I’ll see your smiling face in person one day. I’ll make a deal, if I ever win, I’ll come see you and you can take DFD and I to that quaint outdoor pub. 🙂
      Ha ha! DFD did win one time…he seems to have better luck than I do. 🙂
      Happy weekend and congratulations on the progress you’ve made with your book. xoxo

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  15. Most of my dreams involve how I would give it away. Our local animal shelters always need stuff and some trusts for the kids so they can’t spend it in a year! Life is pretty good the way it is. It would be nice to enrich other lives without knocking them off kilter.

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    • Very nice, Kate. My mother has a friend who keeps winning various lotteries and I’m convinced it’s because she gives most of it away.
      I agree, life is good…no complaints here. 🙂 Enjoy your holiday weekend! I’m still laughing about the dressing room. 🙂

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  16. Hunker down (very important) and secretly give a lot of money to animal welfare organizations, etc.

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  17. Great question! I’ll say what I’m sure most people want to believe of themselves – it wouldn’t change us. We love our lifestyle, we have everything we need already. What a lot of money could do is mean we retire early from paid work – leave that field clear for younger people. Maybe travel more. Allocate some funds to causes that mean a lot to us. Put some aside to ease the worries of the next generation. Ensure that we aren’t a burden on anyone as we age. We’re too set in our ways to want or even imagine ourselves in a different type of lifestyle.

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    • Hi Fran, I think your reply answers the question why some people who win the lottery go nuts and end up bankrupt and other winners don’t…you love your lifestyle. Some people play the lottery with hopes of a better life, one they think will be perfect if they have lots of money. Actually, it’s kind of sad.
      Have a fabulous weekend!

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  18. Jill I could do with a bit more all right but, once I had that, I’d probably give half of the rest to deserving causes and the other half to my two children. I’m of the school that believes money makes you no happier. Each to his or her own though and I’m always happy to see a syndicate of friends or work colleagues share a big win.

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    • I think you got a good education, Roy. I went to the same school, money doesn’t make you happier. I’ve seen situations where it tore relationships apart.
      So far, working for my money has had a decent payoff. Enjoy your weekend!

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  19. Jill,
    I’ve always been sure I should be the lottery winner, because I would spend (and save) the money so wisely. But I’ve never bought a ticket. So finding the tickets on the ground is the PERFECT solution!
    I’m sure you and Derek would be as wise at handling the money as I would be.
    I read recently that anything over $75,000 in income doesn’t bring greater happiness. But it would be fun to test the theory.
    Best wishes for finding more loose tickets,
    Theresa

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    • Hi Theresa, I’m like you, I would be a perfect example of what to do with your lottery winnings.
      My thinking is, the more money people have, the more they spend which increases the likelihood of things breaking.
      I believe the happiest people live a more simplistic life with less stuff.
      Enjoy your holiday weekend!

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  20. Take a Carribean Cruise – You and Derek would be invited! 🙂

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  21. It would be nice for a while, but money certainly doesn’t equal happiness. My best friend and her husband won the lottery. She bought a video shop and he bought a horse farm. She hired a woman to manage the video shop. The woman she hired had an affair with her husband. My friend and her husband divorced. The husband started taking drugs, lost the horse farm and now lives in a tin shack at the back of his brother’s house. This taught me a very valuable lesson about money 😉

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    • No kidding, Dianne…what a valuable lesson. I’m sorry to hear your best friend experienced such hardship. I hope she’s doing okay. I appreciate you sharing her story.
      Enjoy your weekend. xo

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  22. Oh, I’d like to think that kind of win would open up so many opportunities to help people and to follow your dreams. I’d try not to focus on the materialistic side of wealth but the opportunities it could bring like travel and being able to invest in causes I feel passionate about. Your right though, money can bring complications.

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  23. Well, I’ve never played the lottery, but I’ve often thought what I’d do if I won. I’d definitely SAVE a large part of it – for rainy days, but I’d also fund a no-kill cat shelter/facility to care for all the homeless, unwanted kitties. Then, I’d go visit them everyday!

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    • Save, save, save! That’s a smart move, Dianna! We need to hook you up with Marie…between the two of you, you can save every cat in the U.S.!
      Have a great holiday weekend and enjoy the Outer Banks…one of my favorite places.

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  24. I’d spend even more time in the Florida Keys.

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  25. What a great writing prompt, Jill…”You see a lottery ticket being wind-blown across a parking lot. That night it wins. What do you do?”

    I read an article several years ago of a Colorado family who won a big lottery pay out. The first thing they did was not tell their family or celebrate; they called a lawyer. The tax implications…and then, get this, changing their phone number and not telling anyone but their two adult children… it went on and on.

    For Christmas one year, a friend held a holiday party and gave each of us a lottery ticket . Before the winning numbers were posted, we each had to tell what we would do. Besides paying off bills or setting up Long-Term Health care for their parents or college funds for their children or grandchildren, almost everyone at the party had a favorite charity to give the money to.

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    • Hi Marylin, the family you read about in Colorado did exactly what experts advise. Don’t tell anyone is key. I’ve read, it’s wise to call a financial planner as well as an estate attorney. Apparently the tax implications on heirs, if the money wasn’t taken in a lump sum payout, can be a huge burden.
      I’m loving all of the giving going on here. 🙂
      Enjoy your weekend!

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  26. Sorry to hear you won’t be retiring to your private island anytime soon Jill. 😉 But you ask a good question… I have a feeling that whatever I said I’d do now may not match up with what I would actually do. When someone comes into that amount of money suddenly, the whole world changes. I’m sure second and third cousins come out of the woodwork and the best of intentions may not be enough!

    My wife and I are very conservative as well, so I hope we’d invest and save most of it and just have enough to keep our current lifestyle.. And maybe, just maybe, I’d splurge and fill my office with wall-to-ceiling bookshelves and a nice writing desk. 🙂

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    • Good point, Phillip. People might say they’ll do this and that, but when the reality of a life changing win kicks in, they go crazy. I think the key is to be content with where you are and what you have. If you did win, then that money is an extra bonus, money to be saved and shared with family who need it.
      Oh yes, the wall-to-ceiling bookshelves are a must! That’s on my list too. 🙂
      Enjoy your weekend and your time off from work!

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  27. On one hand, it would be nice to pour real resources into my writing and music, but on the other hand, would I ever shake the accusation that I only had success because of the money, not talent?

    I’m not sure what I’d do, but I don’t play, so it will forever be a ‘What if?’

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    • I think you’re doing the right thing, Eric. I’ve heard someone say, “Only poor people play the lottery.”
      We’ll rely on our talent and not a lump sum of money. Have a great holiday weekend!

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  28. I think you can guess my answer, Jill. Travel! 🙂 I might have to leave the other half behind though because he isn’t much minded that way. I’d have to buy him a fancy car as compensation, maybe. The current one’s on its last legs.

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    • Ha ha! I had no doubt, that would be your answer, Jo. You travel so much now, I can’t imagine more. Yes, buy him the fancy car…he deserves it! 🙂
      We would all benefit if you won the lottery…more fabulous photos for us!

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      • What a kind thought 🙂 I have an abiding wish to see something of the Far East, Japan, China… even Australia, Jill, not to mention South America (and North) Who is it who keeps saying this world is getting smaller? When it’s small enough for me to walk to Indonesia or Bali, I’ll be content.

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  29. Oh if only. I don’t want mega-millions, just enough to buy a nice house in the country, a bit of travel and not have to go out to work anymore, so I can spend all my days writing and painting.

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  30. It’s so much fun to ponder that question. When I was younger, I always said if I hit the jackpot I’d still be a teacher, but I’d do it in some tropical paradise, like Hawaii. These days, I’d still leave the snow in the dust and move to a tropical paradise (a small condo would be fine with me, I don’t need no stinkin’ mansion) 🙂 But instead of teaching, I’d write with reckless abandon.

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  31. Interesting post, Jill. I’m not sure exactly what I would do if I “hit it big,” but I’d like to be in a position to find out!

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  32. I’ve never thought of what I will do with my winnings because I hardly ever play. Your question has me thinking…

    I’ll pay off all my debts, give to charity, pay off my children’s education loans, put aside enough for excellent caregivers to come into my home when I am old and in need of assistance, hire caregivers for my parents when they get older, go back to school, hire a personal trainer etc. Do I have enough ways to spend the $$? : )

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    • Well, I think you’ve spent it all, Elaine! 🙂 If you played, you would certainly deserve to win with all of the goodness you have planned with your winnings.
      I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend!

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  33. Jill I daydream about sending all my family members a big cheque in the mail each and just saying Happy day and let them guess where it comes from. My mum and dad won 100,000 on a $2 scratch lotto once and it was a grand thing for two people who had raised nine children and always had to make ends meet. They had a great six years in retirement by the sea in paradise due to that win and my father has since gone. But it came to them at just the right time.

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    • What a lovely daydream, Kath…very generous! Thanks for sharing the story about your parents winning. I’m so happy they were able to live by the sea, that sounds like paradise to me. Sometimes timing is everything…good for them!

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  34. If I win a lottery, I would spend it on getting an MFA. going on a vacation to Europe, buying a house for my parents, and investing wisely so I can be financially independent and never feel conflicted between writing and taking up a job.

    I am pretty sure though that if these desires get fulfilled new ones will arise to bring me back to a state of discontent.

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    • Well Rajni, it sounds as though you’ve put some thought into this. 🙂 I’m with you on investing wisely, we want it to last.
      I’m keeping you in my thoughts as you get closer to the big day. I’m sure you’ve got butterflies in your stomach, but I have a good feeling about your story.

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  35. John and I have had that discussion – by the time we shared, donated, move into a slightly larger home, we’d figure out how to invest. God, we’re boring. But then again, we really don’t want to go back to work. I was thinking, the bigger question was, what would you do if one of those tickets won big. Would you try to find the buyer? 🙂

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  36. I’ve read the surprising stories of people that won the lottery and then lost out on life! There’s something I hear people say, “Easy come, easy go.” I usually don’t dream of winning the lottery. And if I do, after dreaming, I wake up and go to work 🙂

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    • There seems to be more sad stories about lottery winners than positive ones. I’m with you, Timi, working for our money is more likely to provide us with greater satisfaction. Have a great week!

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  37. I like this simple question to a relative stranger, or to a close friend, on a long drive in the car. My answers always change, due to the way I see things during that particular period of time. I liked the way you found something out from each of us! I wish you would have won, Jill! I would have been very excited for you!

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    • Ha ha…thanks, Robin! I might have paid you a visit, if we had won. 🙂
      It can be fun to dream and ask “what if?” I can relate to your answer changing. I suppose it all depends on your current circumstances.
      I hope you had a great trip!

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      • It was different from the last time, Mom has changed a bit, but I suppose that is to be expected. I had fun, enjoyed her and also, used a lot of patience! I feel that I am blessed so I am not really sure if I would know how to go about spending money if I were to have it again! I hope to hear about your Memorial Day, other adventures or your thoughts, soon… Take care and enjoy this weekend coming up! I am helping my youngest daughter to move into her very own apt. for the first time alone! She has had girl roommates, a man she loved and then, recently a friend in one part of a house and she in another. This will be new and exciting for her. I plan on having my two grandsons over on Saturday night. That is all for now, until we meet again! Smiles, Robin

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  38. Since I never buy tickets, there is no chance of my winning, but if I bought and won, I could buy a cottage by a fresh water lake so I could swim every day. I’d put most of it in a trust for my daughter, Some good friends are always struggling to pay their mortgage, so I could pay it for them. Horse rescue, “no kill” animal shelters, charities involving children would receive generous donations. It would be great fun to surprise friends with gifts of things I know they really want or need. I’m in my 80’s, so would want some money on reserve for future care if necessary and never be a burden to my daughter. I already have an old house that I enjoy (and that needs maintenance I could afford if I won the lottery) a garden with flowers and trees and a fountain that gives me peace, friends that I love, and a cat that makes me smile. I’ve done my traveling, served in the Peace Corps, taught for 42 years, still edit books, and enjoy getting up each morning. Life is good.

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    • I’m honored to have you visit my blog. You’ve accomplished so much…your life has been very good and impressive.
      It would be fun to surprise family and friends with some extra money. Helping others is what it’s all about. As I’ve mentioned to a few other commenters, if you played, you are exactly the type of person who should win because of all of the good you would do.
      It’s a pleasure to meet you. I too enjoy getting up each morning and thank God that I’m able to do so. 🙂

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  39. Save, save, save … and pay off my student loan. Back in the day I was horrible with money. I learned the hard way it’s best to put your money into savings and have it for a rainy day. You never know when that will happen.

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    • That is so true. Several years ago when the company I worked for was closed by the corporate office, it was an eye opener for me. I’m with you, you can never save too much! Enjoy Paris!

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      • Was in Paris last weekend and had a blast. This weekend, I’m moving. I’m pretty sure it won’t be as fun and probably more tiring. But looking forward to the end result … a new flat close to the heart of London!

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  40. I was so excited that you won a book for being a dedicated reader and commenter, Jill! (I like Disappearing in Plain Sight blog but am not always consistent which brings me to you! I wish I could give my faithful readers a gift but do wish to thank you for your loyalty and consistency on my blog, too! Have a wonderful and bright week, Jill! Congrats!

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    • I received the book yesterday, Robin. I can’t wait to read it. I have it on my Kindle, but for me, I always love the feel of a paper book in my hands. 🙂
      Your posts are your gift! Thank you for them. 🙂

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  41. Do you know actually, the question of “what would you do if you won the lottery” is what finally gave me the push I needed to take the plunge into writing.
    The idea is that once the dust settles, after you’ve bought the car, the house, you’ve travelled the world – what do you do with your time? Whatever the answer is, that’s probably what you should try and do with your life. And mine was write lots of books 🙂

    The saddest story of lottery winning I ever heard was this guy in his mid twenties who was a rubbish collector: he blew up his lottery winning (several millions in pound sterling) on drugs, prostitutes, gambling, and such like until he lost it all, was declared bankrupt and went back to his old job. To think he could have completely turned his life around.

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    • I like that idea, Celine! I would probably follow your lead and purchase that house on the beach and in the mountains and just write.
      That is a sad story. Unfortunately, I think there are many more winners who missed out on an opportunity to change their life for the better.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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