I usually spend a couple bucks a week playing Powerball. I figure there’s little harm in it and who knows, I could get lucky. In the last five years or so, I’d estimate my grand total in winnings to be about thirty bucks. With the MegaMillions lottery jackpot up around $640 million for tonight’s drawing, I couldn’t pass up buying a couple tickets.
My Dad refers to buying lottery tickets as “paying to dream.” You almost can’t help fantasizing at least a little bit about what you could do with all that money. Now granted, assuming you’re not the only jackpot winner and figuring in taxes and such, you might walk away with “only” $100 million if you were to take the cash option rather than the annual payments.
What would YOU do with $100 million?
First thing I’d do is pay off any and all debts for my family. Pay off the houses and cars, that sort of stuff. Then, I’d start shopping for property. I’d probably concentrate my search on central and northern Wisconsin, which locally we refer to as either “Up North” or “God’s Country.” If I could find it in a suitable area, 75-100 acres, with some sort of year round water feature like a stream or river. Most of it wooded, but with plenty of field for crops and animals. Raise chickens, rabbits, goats, and possibly some beekeeping. Set up a good shooting range on the property as well.
Of course, a substantial portion of the winnings would go to a few select charities. While I hold a fairly low opinion of most major charitable organizations, there are a few I believe are truly doing good things and are being operated in the right way.
I’d also probably stop buying Powerball tickets. Let other folks have a chance, y’know?