Last night someone won the Mega Millions lottery. The jackpot: $312 million. That's right, someone this morning is out there, just having won 312 million smackeroos. THAT is some serious cash. If only I had been in Albany, New York.
The winner -- a single individual -- is said to have purchased the winning ticket at Coulson's News Central in Albany. The Mega Millions winning numbers were: 22, 24, 31, 52 and 54, with a mega ball of 4. No one has come forward to claim it yet. Someone out there may be walking around, having their morning coffee, not even knowing of their freakishly enormous wealth yet. Attention people of Albany: Check your Mega Millions tickets! Feel to slide me a bonus for letting you know if you're reading.
I don't typically buy lottery tickets, but my husband does here and there. The thing is, it takes forever for him to check them so I can imagine us being those people who take forever to come forward or (gasp!) miss the deadline for claiming the cash.
The tickets sit in this wooden box where we keep keys and wallets and the like, and then once every month or two he sits down at the computer and checks them all, as I sit with at least a small glimmer of hope and plans of what we'll do when we win. I would never win the lottery, but my husband is a lucky guy, so I wouldn't be surprised if he did. Here's my plan as to what we'd do if we win (doesn't everyone have one of these?):
Go on vacation. A long, leisurely trip, overseas, perhaps Italy and Greece, and we'd take our entire families so we had some time to soak up and absorb just how much money we'd have.
Donate Find some people who really need help and do some good with it. If you win mega dough, paying some of it forward seems mandatory.
Buy new cars We could use them, nothing fancy. Well, my husband would want fancy -- fine. I'd just take a nice Honda Pilot or something bigger than my sedan.
Pay off some bills Finally get rid of graduate school loans! No mortgage would be nice too, and the kids' college funds would be set (hallelujah!).
And .... that's about all I can think of for the most part. We have a house and neighborhood I love, and moving is such a pain. I don't need a mansion anyway. A small shopping spree would be nice, but one can only wear so many clothes and shoes. Besides, I go to baseball games, preschool parties, and the market. I don't have anywhere to wear designer gowns anyway.
Really, what does one do with that much money for anyway? I'm sure I'd figure it out (as I lay on my yacht somewhere?) but for now, I'm okay that someone up in Albany is going to have to figure it out.
What would you do if you won $312 million?
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