Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Did you ever wonder...?

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to win the Lottery? I mean win BIG! John and I often buy tickets for the Powerball Lottery. I have one in my purse for tonight's drawing as I type. I daydream about what I could do with that money. I could pay off the mortgage on the house. Pay all my kids' student loans. I could take that trip to Alaska, Ireland, Greece, Hawaii, the Caribbean. I could pay off the mortgages of my siblings and nieces and nephews and my daughter.

I wonder how many "good" friends and family would come out of the woodwork with their hands out? I'm sure that has happened to lots of big winners. I'm also sure that there would be charitable organizations beating a path to my door also. I have my lists of who I'd donate to already.

I'd support an AIDS organization. I'd give money for Cancer Research (in memory of my Dad and others who have lost their fight for life). I'd probably give money to my alma mater and my kids' alma mater (Catholic schools always need funds) . I'd give money to the Sisters of Bon Secours (my sister is a nun in that Order).

John and I could retire (well, John could retire AGAIN) and go some place warm in winter. THAT would be the best thing, I think!

The big question is... should I let my ex off the hook for the 5+ more years of alimony he owes me? I can't get married now because I need that income and I'd lose it if I did. But if I win the lottery, I won't need it any more. I think, nah. That prick owes me. The 6 years I worked for him for no pay is enough of an incentive to keep it coming. He owes me.


Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Thanks for the vote of confidence. I'm so excited yet so damn nervous at the same time! Hope crying is ALL I do...what if I throw up?


♥ Braja said...

Joanie honey, you'd get ALL kinds of people crawling outta the woodwork. Do yourself a favor, and keep it quiet if you DO win, and then immediately fly to a warm and sunny place. Then, with your winnings, fly over the people YOU wanna see :))
Yep: I know all the tricks :)

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

Did Braja win the lottery?

mo.stoneskin said...

I've often thought that I would keep it quiet. Pay the mortgage off, do charitable things, but just stay quiet. I reckon I would continue working, but at a job with less pressure and more fun!

Ice Queen said...

Never let the alimony go! It'll feel better to get that check when he knows you don't need it and you're still just taking it to screw him! Bwahaha!

Pastor Sharon said...

You know, I have often thought about what I would do if I won the lottery.
Decisions, decisions. . . . It's all about what to do!
If you win tonight, take Braja's advice. . . I think she's onto something!

Pearl said...

I have a plan myself for when I win the lottery!


As for forgiving ex's debt to you? Yes. You send him a card with your forgiveness formally written up and then you tell him you'll take him out to lunch when you're back -- in six months -- from vacation.

Just a little dig!!


Maureen at IslandRoar said...

I agree, keep it on the down-low.
But make sure you get all that alimony for sure!
You're so funny.

Jim and Garret said...

Definitely keep it to yourself until you figure out what you want to do vs. what you should do. Oh, and I'd definitely get a financial adviser.

Daria said...

Oh I've been thinking about it a lot lately. I'm thinking smaller amounts ... just enough to get me wired up ... like wireless internet any where and maybe an iphone.

I'd like to blog anywhere anytime.

Alix said...

Meet you in Greece?

Mary Ellen said...

I like the way you think! I'm crossing my fingers for you - you deserve to win big!

Frogs in my formula said...

Pricks should always pay up. Always.

If I won money I'd buy a bar and never work for another idiot ever again. Ever!

musingwoman said...

Like you, I'd support a number of charities if I won the lottery. First one would be LUNGevity, because lung cancer took the love of my life.