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I've been thinking about the lottery. And what I would do if I won lots of money. An unlikely contingency, since I don't enter, but fun to speculate all the same. At first I was having trouble spending a mere million dollars. I just couldn't think what I wanted. Then I remembered I can buy things for other people and now I have a long list of things I'd buy. Let's not limit me to a budget, but this is an account of the sort of things I'd do with a lottery win.

My first choice is a holiday. I'd pay for me and one or two others to go on an awesome holiday. We'd go four star all the way, maybe even five star in some places, but it doesn't seem strictly necessary everywhere. We could fly first class just for fun and have expensive food. We'd see all the sights and pay for the expensive experiences (particularly those involving wildlife). There'd be relaxing by the pool, too. And drinks with umbrellas.
Even if I had just a million dollars, that's barely going to crack the surface.

Next I'd buy a house. I probably wouldn't live in it right away, but I'd rent it out. It'd be good to have it, for when I need it. I wouldn't buy a big house, but it wouldn't be little either. Something mid-price.

Oh, and a really really good laptop.

That's all I want. Don't even want a car. Mine gets from A to B and I'll replace it when I need to.

Now, next I'd buy some stuff for my family.
First, I'd pay to get the house renovated and extended exactly as we want it. I'd pay off my parents' debt.
My Dad can have a shiny new car and my parents can have a holiday too. Wherever they want.
My brother can have the Lego Death Star and the Lego Millennium Falcon. That's a fraction of my winnings, so I'll also help him move out. Depending on how much I have, I could buy him his own house, or help him with rent or just buy him some furniture. I'll pay his remaining HECS debt too.
I wasn't sure what to get my Grandma. Anything she wants, I suppose. Perhaps we can start with one of those zippy little electric scooters. Or I could pay for her to get better health care. Maybe we can find a doctor who can fix her leg so she's not in pain all the time.

I was going to buy Sophie a house too, but then I thought of something nicer. If the opportunity arose (*pokes Sophie's boyfriend with a stick*) I'd buy her a wedding. She could have anything she wanted. If she wants a simple wedding, it will be simple with enormous style. I'd like to suggest a great big wedding, just so the meaner of her cousins feel inadequate. She is forewarned however, that I will not buy anything tacky for her! :P
And of course, I'll throw in a honeymoon!
If I did all this, I would of course get out of having to think up a wedding present which is reason enough itself.

For Jenny, there is only money. I will give her money to spend on travel. She'll be able to see whatever she wants to see, and it won't have to be a working holiday, unless she wants it to be. She will of course get the money only if she comes home to see me. :P
I will also be paying for Jenny to go to film school. She can pick the school, but it will be somewhere very renowned and she better excel or else. I'll even finance a few films for her and get her whatever equipment she tells me she needs.

Now for Clare, Gillian, Bunne, Rebecca and Aimee:
Number one is to pay off any HECS or other uni debts that they might have. I want to give each of them whatever might be most helpful to them in the future. I don't just want to give people presents: I want to share my financial security as much possible. I'll buy them cars, pay off mortgages, get them better computers, whatever they want. Remember, I've got way more than a million in this scenario. Even with one of those 48 million jackpots or whatever, I wouldn't be halfway.
The six of us, plus Jenny, will be going on holiday too. We'll go to some sort of five star resort and hang out and go to the beach and party and talk a lot of incoherent crap. It'll be awesome.

As for the rest of my friends...
They can have whatever they want, though I shall be cross if anyone is greedy. But if they want a piano or a computer or help paying for uni or the mortgage or whatever, my money is their money. I've got millions here, a couple of thousand here and there, it's all good.

But... I still want to put some money away for a rainy day PLUS I need to give some to charity.

This is where it got really hard. There are so many causes I want to give to, I became quite distressed worrying how to distribute my imaginary money among things I care about.

I think number one is to donate to the research into the tumors effecting Tasmanian Devils. I adore those little dudes, and every time I see the pictures of those horrible tumors and read about how they're all dying, I get so upset. So, there'll be money for the little devils.

Speaking of wildlife, there'll also be money for the Panda breeding colonies in China. I just love pandas. I can show ya'll my collection of baby panda photos sometime. Lots of pandas died in the China earthquake, poor things. One of the reserves is closed because it was destroyed and most of the pandas were killed. :(

I will give generously to cancer research and awareness programs, for reasons that should be obvious.

I want to do something to help the poor, all over the world. African AIDS orphans would be high on the list, but I would want to help here at home too. There's so much that needs to be done to improve health care and education in remote aboriginal communities and I'd want to contribute. And I wouldn't want to be one of those people who just gives money, either. I'd want to see what my money was used for and meet the people I'm helping, to see what they think they need and hear their own ideas for solutions to their community's problems.

Africa again, of course. And poorer areas of Asia, like India. I'd want to give money there, again to help improve health and education. And I'm a big fan of women's shelters, education programs and other things that benefit poor women and children. The south pacific also has a lot of poor and struggling families. I'd want to help build schools and hospitals.

The level of poverty in US inner cities is a big concern too. I'd like to help the marginalised urban poor of America. Young people are forced to live among gang violence and the police don't seem to care. I don't know what I could do to help. I'd love to do something to help the kids and teens who live on the streets. They get sucked into a violent world that they don't deserve and many people can't seem to tell the difference between a violent gang and a group of kids who bind together for protection.

I think that's all. If I had any money left after spending it on all those things, I would offer it to the local government, for the specific purpose of fixing the damn potholes in South Canberra. I could even show them where they all are. Potholes everywhere!!! Alternatively, I will use my money to heavily fund a candidate in the next election and he/she will run purely on a policy of no more freakin' potholes.

ETA: Oh and I'd give a large donation to the zoo here in Canberra. Not so I get my name on the wall, but because then I'm sure I'd be allowed in free whenever I wanted and they'd probably let me do stuff that the visitors who haven't donated $2 000 000 don't get to do.


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Aug. 7th, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
I want a pony!
Aug. 7th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
*waves goodbye to her HECS debts*

What a splendid evil twin you are! I'm looking forward to that holiday, too. :D
Aug. 7th, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
I was thinking Tahiti. Nice and warm.
Aug. 10th, 2008 11:47 am (UTC)
Sounds good to me. I'll just go and start packing now.
Aug. 7th, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
Yay! No more HECS debt. (But for srs dude, I'm doing ok. Give it to the kiddies instead!).

Can we go to one of those totally isolated resorts that you can only get to by boat where we will be the only people and can therefore be totally raucous and talk a LOT of shit?
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