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What Would You Do If You Won the Lottery?

What Would You Do If You Won the Lottery?


The Mega Millions jackpot has grown to a staggering $640 million. With such a mind-boggilingly high figure at stake, much of the nation is asking themselves, what would I do if I won the lottery?

It’s hard to not feel conflicted at the huge number — after all, nobody needs that much money. It’s a telling sign of American excess and greed, perhaps. But it’s also a ticket to a life of luxury that many working people have only seen on television. Perhaps winning the lottery is the closest thing we have to an achievable “American Dream” at this point in time.

At the same time, though, it’s hard not to think about what you would do with that kind of money. I know, if I were to pick those lucky numbers, I would be nothing short of overwhelmed. Donate the bulk to charity, perhaps, and set aside a little nest egg and a travel fund? Buy myself a three bedroom house to replace my tiny one bedroom apartment? Buy a new car, but not a flashy one? Let myself buy the fancy cheese at the grocery store? Buy my mom the luxury car she’s always wanted and give my siblings money for grad school? Throw a lavish party for all my friends and give them bottles of expensive champagne?

What would you do if you won the lottery? Post your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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6:43AM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

I would buy a lot of tea from Teavana, lots of food from Harry and David, lots of treats from Fresh Market, lots of books for my Nook Color, I would travel, donate to animal charities, donate to veterans causes, donate to poor children, donate for clean water, donate to save animals, and, if I had enough left over, give it to charities for cancer research and donate to other charities that do research for various diseases.

6:40AM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

lots of travelling, buying a big property with a nice house and adopting some animals, donating to charity and probably a bunch of other stuff that I haven't thought of yet

12:25AM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

Thoughtfully donate the majority of it

9:03AM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

I've tossed this one around with friends on occasion. So much need in the world. Would that what we owe China were small enough to be paid off by (moi, if I won) and a few of our million and billionaires. Feeding hungry folks and providing shelter and life skills for those who need it would be high on my list. It would have to be a matter of patient and listening prayer. If I could match the PAC guys, that would be a plus to help the 99% with this selfish and hateful election.

12:10AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

3:36PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

And, I'd plant a million trees!!

Wherever you go there once was a forest.
Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

3:27PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

I'd go back to Pa., or go to S. Dakota to live.
Arizona is a hell hole!!

Wherever you go there once was a forest.
Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

3:16PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

Well my parents, my grandparents, and my bfs family would never have to pay another bill. I wouldn't mind travelling, especially over seas. My son would go to any college of his choosing, and I would stay at home with him and homeschool and craft. Id have an enormous library, and I would love to be able to donate .. especially to homeless shelters, drug rehab centers, foster kids and wildlife preservation. Id get my bf any car he wanted, and I would have the best craft room known to man

9:08AM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

There are so many things that I would love to do, and places I'd love to go to that I can't seem to dream of ever being that lucky. My sister would be the first on my mind and her sons come in second. What a great gift to be able to help out all those in great need If only. WE can dream on and smile as each time we find that we didn't win and keep trying for that one big chance, If only.

5:31PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

oops...sorry about the double post! it didnt post the first time, so i reposted and they both showed up...No biggie, right? more points for good causes!

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