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If I Had a Million Dollars…

This morning, I was chatting with a coworker about this story of an elderly Florida woman who won a HUGE lottery jackpot.

I just love to hear about old ladies winning huge sums of money, because the part of me that believes that all people have good hearts hopes that she would donate to a favorite charity, her church, and leave every last cent to her kids and grandkids.

Part of me also believes that there are those people out there who would leave 590 million dollars to their shih-tzu, but I’m really hoping she’s not one of them.

That got me thinking… What would I do with that kind of money?

Buy frickin’ sharks with frickin’ laser-beams on their heads, obviously.

But seriously…

I’d give most of it to my family, probably.  And some friends.  And some deserving strangers in anonymous envelopes of cash like some kind of modern-day Robin Hood, but without the thievery part.

I’d donate to my old high school, which has been voted an exemplary school many years in a row, and yet is still suffering from painful budget cuts to the point where teachers’ salaries and benefits are being cut, and they are given $150 per student per year, and told to make due with all necessary textbooks and supplies.  It breaks my heart.

I’d donate to charities, my parents’ church, and of course pay off my bills.

But even then, that would really only scratch the surface of 590 million!  I could give a million dollars to every one of my Facebook friends and still have 100 million leftover!

Can 100 million dollars buy me enough treatments to have a baby?

Perhaps…

It could definitely help me afford adoption, and although I don’t feel it some days, I’m still young enough to try several IVF cycles, should I become able to afford them.

Even after giving millions away to friends, family, strangers, donating to education, church, and charities, and funding a family for the husband and I… I’d still have quite a lot of cash leftover.

A butt-load, to be exact.

What to do…

Oh, I know!

Start my own foundation.  Offer grants to women who can’t afford fertility treatments.  Work with drug companies to secure low-cost or free medications for those who need help.  Create networks of doctors and clinics who agree to donate some of their time and resources for a worthy cause…

I know there are foundations out there doing this.  Maybe I’d donate to them instead.  Maybe I’d quit my job and donate my time and money to a foundation like that…

All I know is that one day, if I’m able to give back, I know where I want to direct my time and energy.

And my money.

For now, though, I don’t have much, and what I do have is going toward water, food, electricity, and fertility drugs.

Maybe one of those charitable foundations would like to give me some funds to proceed… That way, I will have my child and will no longer be spending half my income on medications.

And that way, I can spend that half of my income on lotto tickets.

I’m hatching  a plan here, folks…  😉

So, what would you do with a ginormous lottery windfall?

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2 comments on “If I Had a Million Dollars…

  1. Kelly
    June 6, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    ohmygosh. That story makes me gag because Zephyrhills is only about 30 minutes away from me. Hubs said he would never let anyone cut in front of him in line ever again. And we don’t even buy lottery tickets!

    I honestly can’t even wrap my head around having that kind of money. All I know for sure is I would definitely quit my job. I’m undecided though if I would curse anyone out or flick them off as I leave. It’s not really within my nature to do so, but the “just because I could” factor is really appealing to me….

    I definitely agree about donating it to the infertility cause. Maybe start your own IVF lottery?

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  2. Kitten
    June 7, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    I know this is a totally hypothetical situation, but I wanted to say, do NOT start your own foundation, unless there really are NO existing organizations doing what you want to do. I’ve worked in the nonprofit world for a long time, and I’ve seen many nonprofits fail because someone didn’t realize how much money and work it takes to set up and run a nonprofit. Most people can accomplish their charitable goals working with a local community foundation. /end plug

    I think about this all the time. I’d have to win a butt load of money before I could consider giving most of it away. A million dollars isn’t much–that’s how much I need to have in my retirement account if I want to continue making the salary I’m making now in my retirement. Even 5 or 10 million wouldn’t go that far. Not that I wouldn’t be stoked to have that much money!

    Hundreds of millions, though…. Most of that would go to nonprofits (anonymously), after I take care of my immediate family members and myself (erase debt, new house for me), and set my kids and grandkids up with college and travel accounts. I would definitely quit my job and spend my time volunteering and traveling.

    As much as I would love to live comfortably the rest of my life, having lots of money can also be a burden, even for someone who knows how to be responsible with it.

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