According to Nat, whose wisdom is infinite, there’s a study wherein it is determined that thinking about how you would spend the money won in the lottery is just as enjoyable as actually spending it. Well, okay, sure. Why not? I wouldn’t be able to say one way or another because a) I’ve never had much money and b) I tend to not think about what I would do with a boatload of money (see point a, above). But MegaMillions is up to something crazy like $350 million, so tonight Nat bought a ticket, which kind of got me thinking a little bit about what I would do with all that money. The net winnings would be like $120 million, so there’s plenty of room to play around.
So! The first thing I would do is use some of the money to set up some sort of scholarship that would enable students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford to go to college to actually go and not worry about whether they would be able to afford books, housing, or anything else. Maybe it would be for girls in particular, and I would have to have some kind of selection criteria, but I haven’t thought that far ahead yet.
After that I would help my immediate family members pay off any debt or mortgages or anything like that. I’d also establish accounts for all of them so that they’d have money in the bank, and I’d create college funds for my niece and my nephew. My goal would be to set everyone up so that they’d be able to live comfortably and no longer have to worry about money.
Once I’d taken care of all the practical things, like paying off my student loans, and Nat’s student loans, I would get to the fun stuff. In no particular order, here are the things I would do:
- Buy either a condo or a house. I’m sick of renting. I want to own some property. It doesn’t have to be huge or lofty but it has to be mine and it needs to be in a place where there are beautiful running routes for me to choose from.
- Go back to school to get my MS in health education.
- Get certified to teach yoga and coach running.
- Open my own yoga studio and wellness center that would be accessible to a diverse group of people. Not just people whose incomes allow them to practice yoga regularly, but also disadvantaged populations who need educational resources about health, wellness, nutrition, and exercise. It would be the sort of place where the emphasis would be put on the individual and the community, and not the potential for profit.
- Register for whatever races I wanted to run without thinking twice about the registration fees, travel expenses, and cost of gear.
- For Nat, a fully stocked kitchen with an eight-burner stove, two ovens, and a huge refrigerator. Personally I could care less about the kitchen, but it’s good that one of us is interested in food preparation because even though I don’t always want to eat, I do know that I have to eat. In fact, if Nat didn’t enjoy cooking, I would consider putting money toward a personal chef.
I’m sure there are many, many other things I would do with that much money, but for now I think this list is just fine. Do you ever think about what you’d do if you won the lottery? How would you spend your money?
As an aside, thanks to everyone for your well wishes. I’m feeling a bit better today but I’m definitely ready for this cold to see its way out of my body. I’d like to get back to doing yoga and running, thanks.