Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Golden Ticket

Ever wonder what you would do if you won the lottery?  Me neither, but recently someone did pose that question to me.  After some consideration, here is what I've come up with.  Minus the "pay off my mortgage and save for kid's college".  Those are a given. 

Buy a condo at Norris Lake, Tennessee.  That way my entire family has a centrally located place to all meet up and hang out.

I'd take my dad and husband on a Nascar Tour of The Century.  Daytona 500, Bristol under the lights, Talladega, all of them.  Actually, I'd probably just wave them off at the airport and wish them fun.

Meanwhile, my mom could grab a friend and view the Grand Canyon.  She's always wanted to go.

Hey, nieces and nephews, college is on me!  Except for the two that have already been there.  A fat check would be in the mail for those guys.

As a matter of fact, I would start up a scholarship program to help fund the college dreams of kids not related to me.

If there is one thing that I would love for my hometown, it's a community center.  Maybe a big down payment on the project could get it up and running.  Think about it: computer lab, open gym, arcade, playground, meeting rooms, all free!  It's gonna be great.

So, here's a line I never thought to hear myself say, "Dolly Parton is my hero". During a trip to Gatlinburg my family and I visited her Dixie Stampede Dinner show.  That was when I found out she provides one book a month for the first five years of life to every child born into a poverty stricken area of Tennessee.  Getting books in the hands of children at an early age is vital.  Hand a kid a book and you have just broadened their horizons.  I would definitely adopt that program for my state.

Right about now my mother-in-law is probably wondering about her.  She's always talked about Alaska and seeing it, so she would finally get her chance.  I think her husband would appreciate a chance to play golf at one of the great courses the United States has to offer.  Here's to Mulligans!

My father-in-law doesn't read my blog, but I won't punish him for that.  Wherever he wants a trip to, book the flight, pack the bags and have a great time!

What would I give my son?  As his mom I want to hand him the moon and stars, if that's what he'd like.  However, as his mom it's my job to make sure he doesn't get any old thing handed to him just because he wants it.  Sorry, kid but keep up the chores if you want an allowance.  That's still going to be the only way you get money to rent your video games and buy your toys.  But, there are going to be some awesome vacations coming your way!

Now, only thing left is for me to actually start playing the lottery!


  1. My kids and I used to always play this game. At first they always wanted to buy cars, etc. Then I started preaching invest/save and live on the interest. That is one of the things they still remember to this day even though they, like me, have never gotten to practice it.

  2. It's fun to dream about isn't it? Good thing to teach the kids though, the invest and save. Maybe one day I will actually play the lottery and see what happens.

  3. You know this was once asked of me, and like you I too would give to others, take care of my family of Mom & dad, sisters and their children my , god daughter and friends whom I love like a sibling. I would give money to great causes and if there were some left over then I would look to see what my husband and I might need, otherwise into our retirement account.
    My town had more than I could offer it.