On the heels of yesterday’s post about Wishes, I’ve decided to plot out what to do when I win the Lottery. After all, a girl’s gotta have a plan, right?
First of all, positive thinking: notice I didn’t say if, I said when.
So. When I win the Lottery, here’s how I intend to spend it:
1. Give 10% to my church. It’s a most amazing church where I’ve made many friends, learned much, and been given much love and support. It’s a wonderful foundation for spreading the Word of God and acknowledging we all have a personal need for Jesus Christ. I wouldn’t be where I am without my Church. 10% is the least I can do to give back.
2. Put 25% into a savings, market or stock account for the future. My friend Tony is always trying to get me to invest, but I’d rather buy a gallon of milk. When I win the lottery, I’ll be able to do both, and that excites me!
3. Pay off my and mom’s mortgages so we never have to worry about the economy. Also because it’s really fun that our homes have the same floor plan and I don’t ever want a stranger living in either one.
4. Buy new cars for me, my daughter, my mom, my two brothers and my sister in law. With all I’ve been through with my car breaking down lately, I may also hire my own personal mechanic.
5. Pay off all family debt. ‘Nuff said.
6. Put my daughter through college so she doesn’t have to incur any debt or loans that she’ll have basically no chance of really paying off in this economy.
7. Buy my daughter a house, or put money aside for her to buy a house when she’s ready. What kind of mother would I be if I didn’t make sure she was financially taken care of in the best ways possible?
8. Give more than generously to charities I believe in: American Red Cross for all their work across the globe, whether emergency aid or ongoing. World Wildlife Fund for all their efforts to protect animals and stop illegal killings. Local food banks and homeless shelters, because everyone deserves to not be hungry or cold.
9. Build a Writer’s Retreat, whether that means an addition to my house, or a completely separate location. A place where I can go where there are no distractions, no stressors. Just a peaceful environment that lends to imagination and the writing process.
10. Take my mom and daughter on regular vacations. Disneyland. Frankenmuth, MI. Italy. NYC. Missouri. Washington. Canada. Big Bear. Vegas. San Luis Obispo. Travel Route 66. And everywhere in between.
11. Invest in people. Start scholarships for the local schools. Hire interns. Support small businesses.
When I win the Lottery. I’ll do all this and more.
And Frankly, My Dear… that’s all she wrote!