If I won the lottery

It’s the day before one of the largest powerball Jackpot lottery’s in U.S. history. Will you be glued to the TV when the winning numbers are announced? I won’t be, but my husband might.

I’ve never been a fan of playing the lottery. First of all, who really needs $650 million dollars? Secondly, the odds of winning are so slim, why bother? But it is fun to think about having an obscene amount of money in my hands pondering how to spend it.

The older I get, the less material things I desire. Sure, a nice house, a new car, a spacious closet full of clothes would be nice. But the more I’ve accumulated over the years, the less I want. Bigger houses just mean spending more time keeping it clean. New clothes mean I have to keep working so I can afford to buy all of it.  In the end, it isn’t the material things that make my life a memorable one, it’s the things I do, the people I meet and the experiences I have that truly matter.

If I had more money than I knew what to do with, there’s no doubt I would give a lot of it away. To help worthwhile causes like homelessness in countries and communities where there is not enough money to keep dogs and cats by the dozens from being put down daily. I’d help fund charities that work to feed the children in our country who don’t have enough food to eat. Or soldiers who return from serving our country who don’t know how to fit in with society and can’t afford a place to call home that makes them feel safe.

Sometimes I don’t feel rich, but that’s all in the eyes of the beholder. To many folks in this world, I live in abundance, for want of nothing. And while I’m far from being rich, I certainly am not lacking – of food, shelter, or clothing. I’ve always felt strongly that if there was anything I could do to help those that are less fortunate than I, I would.

But would I give it all away? Probably not. I’d invest some money so I could retire. I’d likely splurge on traveling around the country and world. I know I’d adopt a few more dogs, maybe a couple of cats and give them a safe, loving home.  Yes, maybe I’d even splurge and buy myself a new car, so I could transport all my new furry friends. I would definitely indulge myself and buy a new camera and photography gear. Well, just because that’s the kind of material thing I lust after! That and a swimming pool.

What about you? If you won the lottery, how would you spend it?