We are not big gamblers around this house, but when the Powerball gets to a big enough pot—and it is currently at around $500 million—we buy tickets. I mean, why not? Everybody has an equal chance to win. It could be me. Or you.
What we do love in this house is playing the “What if we won?” game. On Saturday mornings, we walk the dog together, and plan outlandish things. Christopher Robin is a businessman above all else, and he loves to create business plans. For example, if we were to win that pot right now, he’d like to build a Mini dealership in Colorado Springs. I’ve been shopping for a Mini and it’s a pain to go to Denver all the time. I would build a vegan/vegetarian restaurant that’s really, really good because I get tired of looking at great menus with really awful veg options. It’s not that hard, peeps, come on! If I have to eat another vegetarian burger, I’ll explode.
So the Mini dealership would feature a complex with a vegetarian restaurant. And since we’re dreaming, why not take over a plot of land nearby the highway that’s gone up for sale? Plenty of room for an urban farm, with free chickens laying eggs for us, and space for a cat rescue, and a giant organic vegetable garden to supply the restaurant. We’d hire my friend Heather, the business whiz, to oversee it all and we could just enjoy it. I mean, really, hundred of millions is a lot of money.
I’d also create foundations and charities. The cat rescue, of course. Something for working class girls who want to be writers so they can go to college. It would be fun to be an anonymous donor, giving money away to my favorite causes. It would be a blast, actually.
Of course, there would be the gifts to my family and friends, the vacation home, and the dermatological visits (hey, I’m not getting any younger!) and travel, but the businesses and foundations would be the fun part for me. I have a job I love, so that wouldn’t go anywhere. I’d probably get some expensive hobbies, like flipping houses.
Money doesn’t buy happiness, but as the wise Tom Robbins has said, “It does buy a certain zen-like calm.” I’m pretty sure I could find ways to enjoy a massive fortune.
How about you? What would you do with $500 million dollars? Do you play the lotteries, or does it seem like a gigantic waste of money?