I was struggling all day yesterday to think of a topic for my post, suddenly it came to me when I noticed my lotto ticket on the kitchen worktop. I am normally a down to earth person, not prone to dreaming about what might happen, but more making plans for what will happen. I don't believe gambling is the answer to anyone's problems, no matter how desperate they are to get out of the hole they are in.
Gambling is about luck, pure and simple. Of course if you have a flair for a particular job, a determination that you are going to win at whatever you do, then you do have a better chance. Some of the highest earners got lucky in the first place, but then went on to exploit that to their advantage. I was never lucky enough to have the brains to push myself, I just wasn't focussed.
I don't think there is one person on this earth who hasn't hoped for a big win, but most realise it is just a dream. I don't win because I don't gamble, because I know I will never be rich. Why hanker after something you will never have, be gratefull for what you have got.
My post has prompted Kateg and dancingonabladeofgrass, to ask the question what would I do with a big win, maybe a million or so. For a few minutes I will have a little daydream and answer that.
Family first, make sure they have enough and don't have to worry about struggling to make ends meet. My nephews wouldn't have to worry about paying the mortgage. I think that goes without saying. I wouldn't have a party, but I would visit them all individually and take great pleasure in handing them a big fat cheque.
Next I would help my very best friends. Sue could do with a bigger and posher house, with a big garden for all her cats. I would send Janet and Paul on a nice holiday, they deserve it after losing several of their cats and two dogs last year. My friend Carol would like to move but she can't sell her house at the moment. I would give her enough money so she could sell it cheap and pay for a new house. I have several friends who could do with a bit of a helping hand, mainly animal lovers, they are kind and their hearts are in the right place.
Then I suppose I'd better spend a bit on myself. I would have a bigger, nice house, probably in this village, and a new car. I would invest a lot of it to provide me with more money to give away. My time would be spent finding good causes. All begging letters will be destroyed, I will know who I want to help after I have met them. A bit like the Secret Millionaire programme. I read a story yesterday about a single mum who has taken on her best friends five children, after their mother and father died within months of each other. She needs a bit of help with an extension for the house. She intends to continue working because she loves her job. She is a true hero, I would go and give her the money.
Animals will benefit from my win. I would visit small rescue centre's to see what they need help with. New pens, fencing, buildings, food, vet's fees, for dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, any animals.
I would still be a bit frugal in my own spending but I wouldn't be shopping for reduced prices at 8pm any more. Other people will need it more than me. Looking for bargains would be a hard habit to give up. I would not pay extortinate prices, but I wouldn't need to buy the cheapest. I hate the idea that it would change my personality, because I like who I am. I will do more long distance walks but maybe pay a sherpa company to transport my luggage. A few more hotels instead of hostels would be nice. And I would pay someone to stay in my house and look after my cats while I am gone.
Phew is that it, have I come to the end of my list. Dream is over now back to reality. I think I'll go for a walk, it's lovely and sunny here. Toodle pip.
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