Sometimes it's not worth winning the lottery.
I came across these headlines today: Body of missing lottery winner found. Look here to read about a Florida $30 million winner who was murdered and buried under a concrete slab in the backyard of his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend's home earlier this year. His family and friends had been hoping he was on a beach in the Caribbean.
Yesterday, I read this story, about a 47 year old woman who, after winning $8,000 in a game show, went to celebrate in a bar. She was hit and killed walking away from the bar.
That got me thinking...
I've read that it often changes people's lives, for the worst, most often. Usually, million dollar winners are rich for a time and then lose it all and revert right back to where they started, sometimes even worse off than before. This article tells about how many winners became losers.
Me, if I won lots of money, I would go on an extended cruise around the world with my sister. That's the deal, if either of us win. I would probably go ahead and include some other family members too. (I have a relatively small family. Of course, it gets lots bigger when money is involved!) This would give me time to think about my future and what to do with the money without any temptations.
Then, I would look for a good investor and put most of the money away so that I could have long term income. I would probably get a new ranch, a small one, or just really fix up the one I have. I would most likely quit working full time and then take up some kind of part-time work, or do volunteer work. I would not go out and buy expensive cars and lavish gifts.
The only thing that might tempt me is horses. I would possibly buy a pureblood Friesian or Andalusian. I might want to pursue a racing or show career with Yalla!. I would love to learn how to work cattle.
Actually, I would prefer to keep the money as secret as possible, however, with today's media coverage, that's just not possible. A million or two wouldn't change my life much at all, really.
What would you do if you won?
I could do with the Money - song: Rock n Roll Star, artist: David Bowie, album: TRAFOZSATSFM