Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Powerball Lottery Meme

I don't normally like to do memes and most of the time, will tend to avoid them at all costs -especially the ones asking me to list a number of things about myself that are strange or unusual or of that ilk. But today, while reading blogs I subscribe to on my reader, I came across this one -a new one, made up by one of the bloggers I like to read - Hammer -and it struck a bit of a chord with me. Since I am always saying what I would do if ever I were to hit the lottery and a huge powerball one, at that, I figured I'd copy this one and do it for a change.

Like Hammer, I'm not going to tag anyone with it so if you'd like to participate, feel free -no obligation save perhaps linking it back to Hammer and to me.

With that said, here's my take on what I would do if I ever won a huge powerball jackpot!

You just won the mega powerball jackpot to the tune of 150 million dollars (after taxes)

1. What would be the very first thing you would do? Pay off all my debts, help my kids with their bills and build a large garage to accomodate my son-in-law and my son's desire to have a garage where they can do whatever kind of automotive work their pea-picking hearts' desire!

2. Where would you choose to live? Same house -it's been my HOME for 64 years and I love it here although I'd try to finish the remodeling work needed.

3. What kind of house would you live in? I'd build on to this house -an annex type thing, with a room large enough for a bedroom for me, plus a crafts/activity room for my computer, sewing machine, storage for my fabric, yarns, embroidery material and a huge bookcase with a tv and steroe system built-in to it. Also, room enough to put my organ in there too! This would also facilitate two more bedrooms upstairs and an additional bathroom to better accomodate the kids and all the grown-up folks in the family.

4. What kind of car would you buy? A new van-type vehicle that would hold everyone in the family as right now, all our vehicles will only hold a maximum of four and there are six of us here.

5. Where would you vacation? I would travel the U.S. in a deluxe motor home.I'd also plan trips abroad to visit the countries of my ancestors -Sweden and Scotland first, then go on to travel wherever I could that looked interesting to me to see -and I'd arrange to take my family with me too so they could enjoy the opportunity to see more than a few places in the US.

6. Would you have anything on your body fixed? I'd find a good liposuction surgeon first, then maybe think about fixing a couple other assorted body parts.

7. What kind of hobbies would you engage in? Take some classes in computer stuff -like HTML, plus learning how to work with other software, then set up a fabric/crafts store with classes available for others to learn (and me too) how to do a wide variety of crafts.

8. What charities would you donate to? Anything to benefit autisic children and their families! The Cancer Society would be another charity as well as the SPCA. I'd set up a foundation that would help people with needs that can't be met via the regular agencies -like someone gets hit with car repairs they can't afford but yet, can't afford NOT to have the work done or emergency funds to help people cover fuel costs, small potatoes to many but for those already living on the edge, it can make the difference between surviving or not sometimes. I'd donate more towards my church and various charities it supports.

9. Would you give money to your relatives? To some extent, yes. I'd help my kids, my grandchildren too by setting up separate accounts or trusts for them to see to it that they are able to manage their lives better down the road.

10.Would you run away from your current life? Nope. What would be the point there? You can't run away from "life" and its inner problems because unless you deal with them, they'll always be with you.

11. Would you continue to work? Since I'm considered "retired/disabled" now, I'd just continue with what things I am able to do.

12. Would the money change you in any way? Hopefully, it would make me more generous simply because I could afford to do more for others and I could be more open to things I currently can't participate in due to limited funds.

What would you do if you had a windfall of a great deal of money?


Hammer said...

I like your answers. It seems we have similar values.

I like your idea for helping people on the edge with unexpected emergencies.

magnetbabe said...

I love this meme and your answers were great! I think I'll steal it. ;)

SnoopMurph said...

You are a generous soul and I enjoyed reading your answers. If I have time, it would be fun to answer them too, but time is one thing I cannot buy! Drat!

Theresa said...

Yes don't we all sometimes wonder what it would be like to be the big winner- I would hope like you to remain pretty much unchanged but helping out where I can. Great answers.