Do you play the Lotto? What would you do if you won a massive jackpot? During the week someone in Ireland won eighty eight million euro on the European Lottery. Imagine winning that much money? What would you spend it on?
I’d like to think I’d give a sizable chunk to charity and the rest I’d divide among family and friends. It would be lovely to live debt free, buy whatever I wanted and never again wonder how much is in my account.
However I know for a fact this will never happen to me. Not because I’m a cynic, but because I made a decision years ago never to buy a ticket.
Why I hear you wonder? (I like to pretend you are interested). Well there are a number of reasons…
- Himself and my children are much more money savvy than I am. I carry no handbag or purse, so whatever money I have on me is in my pockets, usually crumpled up and squashed. Rightly or wrongly I believe that if we came into the possession of such a large sum of money the differences between me and my family, with regard to our respect for money, would widen even more and may lead to conflict not present in our current relationship.
- What about my children’s lives? Their lives would be changed forever and I’m not sure it would be a change for the better. They would never again need to work, so what would happen their work ethic? What about friends? Would it be possible to remain with their current friends when they would be so rich? How would their sense of value change? With so much money at their fingertips it wouldn’t matter if their new phone broke they’d just replace it without a second thought. Would they be tempted into a world of excess, including drink and drugs? Would their life become more superficial and they become less happy with how they look?
- What about me? Would I live a better life than I am living now? Surely a little hunger (metaphorically speaking) is what keeps us fighting? I enjoy that fight most days so would I be less fulfilled?
So, despite enjoying pleasant moments wondering what I’d buy and how wonderful it would be to not care how much something costs, I think having weighed everything up, I’ll play it safe and save any lotto money for buying wine, because I know for a fact that makes me happy.
Of course I know this is not the way most people think, so just to assure you I am not anti lotto, I’m more than happy to toast any and all lotto wins the rest of you may have.