I Do What I Want #12: Winning the Lottery!

Posted January 17th, 2016 in I Do What I Want, My Features / 26 comments

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Sometimes I just want to talk about random crap. No theme, no rules, just…whatever. That’s where I Do What I Want posts come in. This is where I…well, do whatever the hell I want. Enjoy…and be very afraid.

First, I have been dying to ask this for some time: does anyone understand where I got the name for my feature? The phrase ‘I do what I want’ comes from a popular TV show. This a-hole character says in one hilarious episode. The whole quote is, “Whatever, whatever, I do what I want!”

Okay, enough of that. So with all the hub-bub over the 1.5 billion Powerball this week, I want to ask you girls a question. What would you do if you won the lottery? You know how we all get into those conversations when we buy tickets to the lottery. We can’t help but dream big, right? Even when we know we are not going to win.

Obviously number one is quitting your job. I think this is true for most people, but is there anyone who wouldn’t quit their job? If so, why?

I would then give some to the family members I liked, some friends as well. Gotta share some of the love.

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Then I would buy a nice house in the best neighborhood and best area I could find, you know, with guards and a gate. I wouldn’t want to overdue it on the house though because huge houses are way too expensive to keep up. I want to save as much money as possible because there are too many lottery winners out there who have blown through their money in a couple of years because of their stupidity.

After I got some other nice things like a car, electronics, shoes, purses, and all the books I ever wanted, I would start my dream ‘job.’ I’d want to start an animal sanctuary. I’d want to save as many animals as I can and let them live in a place as close to their natural habitat as possible. I’m talking acres and acres of land to build small jungles, forests, and whatever other habitats the animals are use to. I would also want to save as many cats and dogs that are going to be put down. Now, I don’t know how much this would cost and how I would maintain it, or if it’s really possible, but it’s just a dream so I don’t need to know specifics. It’s my dream life. I am all about giving any animal the best life possible.

That’s why I hate myself for not being a vegetarian or vegan. I try, but I always cave. I am working myself up to it by limiting my meat intake more and more.

So, that’s what I would do with my lottery winnings.

What would you do if you won the lottery?

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26 Responses to “I Do What I Want #12: Winning the Lottery!”

  1. Caro (@TheBookRogue)

    I like that you’d be using alot of your money on animals. I think charity-wise, that’d be my pick as well. Alternatively, helping veteran soldiers, especially those suffering from PTSD.
    Since I’m already working the dream job, I wouldn’t quit, naturally. I’d purchase a whole new load of books, of course, don’t need the house, or the fancy car, or any gadgets, purses, shoes, etc. A new PC and TV, but that’s it. I got enough stuff as it is, but it’d be nice to upgrade on some insurance stuff.
    With the money-question off the table, I guess I’d actually contemplate relocating to another country… I’d have to check out my top choices by travel first, though. 😉

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Oooh, relocating, now that’s something I forgot about. I have a few places I could see myself living all happily ever after. 😀

  2. Lekeisha

    Yes, I’d quit my job (I’d even be nice and give them 2wks notice). I would want a nondisclosure agreement with the lottery committee. OK, if ppl suddenly notice I have money, that’s fine. But I wouldn’t want the world to know. Certainly, no news shows and all that. House, car, college funds for my 5 nieces and nephews, brother & sister taken care of. Regularly donate to my local Humane Society. Do some charity for my community, and then start my own charity where I go all across the country spreading the love of reading to schools that have little to no resources for books. Anything else, family (my dad’s side) and my 1 best friend, would get something as well. I definitely wouldn’t blow it on stupid stuff. Just books books books!

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      In California, we don’t have the option of nondisclosure. Sucks! I love the idea of spreading the love of reading. A great choice.

  3. kindlemom1

    I didn’t know that was where you got your title from, fun!

    As for the quitting my job, nope. My husband and I talked about this (we don’t even play the lottery but it was fun to talk about anyways) and he said he wouldn’t quit. He would go crazy not working!

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Not me, I would looooovvvvee not working. I would have so many hobbies though.

  4. Melissa (Books and Things)

    Cartman. LOL Yea, I hear that in his voice.

    I have so many plans on what I would do with that money and some of it would be insuring that I don’t end up like the winners who end up in debt after the fall. However since they say that winning that lotto is like getting hit by lightening TWICE… I’m going to be careful around thunderstorms. I didn’t win so I figure that is where my luck will go. LOL

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Hehehe, you got it, it was Cartman. LOL, damn lighting trying to ruin everything.

  5. Melanie Simmons @mlsimmons

    I think mostly I would pay off all my bills, build a house that is what I want, travel. Mostly, I would put the majority of the money into a fund so I could live off interest. I’m sure the first year would be the year I spend the most amount of money. After that, I’m not sure that my lifestyle would change a lot. I don’t want 10 cars or 10 houses or anything like that.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Me either, I wouldn’t want to spend too much of it just in case. I like living under my means.

  6. Nathan

    I like what you would do if you won the lottery. I would donate to the Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson society and maybe some other charities. I might get a nice house and more books. I also would give some of it away to family, I wouldn’t need tens or hundreds of millions to live off of.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Yes, I huge library is something I forgot to mention. Great choice,

  7. anna (herding cats & burning soup)

    I wouldn’t do a dang thing with it for at least 6 months. That money would go right in the bank. Most are bankrupt within a few years of winning and no way I’d be joining their ranks. So in the bank it would go and I’d slowly figure out what to do. I’d keep my job because I love working with authors 😀 I’d do my dang best to keep my name unassociated with winning it too.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      In California, we have to reveal our names if we win. Sucks. That’s a smart plan. Soooo many people spend it all and end up in debt, it’s crazy.

      • anna (herding cats & burning soup)

        That’s the case in most states and ends with things like what just happened in Florida with the guy who won in November being killed. They broke into his house to demand the money. I saw there was a loophole somewhere where you can hire a lawyer and have them claim it some way so you’re not publicly connected to it. I get why they want to show the winners but seriously how dang dangerous. If I did win maybe I’d move just for safety sake.

  8. Kristin

    Well, I’d need a job first in order to quit it. 😉 LoL But I’d probably help pay off my family’s medical bill from my dad’s recent trip to the hospital, put money aside for my niece to go to college, and then probably put the rest in the bank. I’m kind of like a squirrel. I like to hide things away for a later date. LoL

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      LOL, great choices. Medical bills suck. Squirreling it away is smart.

  9. Jaclyn Canada

    I would have to work. Even if it was like an at home job selling crafts or something. I’d definitely need something to DO that felt productive other than spending all the money I won. I’d put money into my sister’s house for people to go after they get out of rehab. I’d pay off loans, debt, mortgage, car. My house is a family home so instead of a new one, I’d want to renovate. Money for college for Zane for sure.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I would have a lot of hobbies, that is for sure. It would be nice to pay of any debt and loans.

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