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Powerball Planning

Someone in Iowa won the Powerball lottery jackpot last night, a whopping $202,000,000. Can you imagine? That’s a lot of moola. How would you react if you won? I’d hyperventilate and then spend an hour quadruple-checking my numbers to make sure I didn’t transpose a digit.

In the past when my husband and I have played the “what if” game he always teased me that by the time I’m through giving all the money away we won’t have any left. But really, what fun is it if our friends and relatives aren’t similarly blessed? If I’m heading out on a Mediterranean cruise I want my best pals to be able to afford to sail along with me. Ergo, money must be given away.  And lots of it. And then there are the charities.

St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital is my charity of choice, but there are many deserving others—Shriners Hospitals for Children, American Cancer Society, and ASPCA (of which I am a proud member), to name just a few. It would be satisfying to write checks of giant dollar amounts to the lot of them, wouldn’t it? AND have the wherewithal to make sure the money went where it would do the most good.
And I confess, I’d go on a spending spree for shoes (my guilty pleasure). After which I’d have a three margarita lunch before heading out for a mani-pedi. With my closest friends. At my new Italian villa . . . that just happens to be next door  . . . to George Clooney’s.

So if you won $202,000,000 what would you do? How would you react to the news? And then how would you spend the green? C’mon, buttercup. Fess up with the naked truth. Keep it, spend it, or give it away?

See you next time –
Lisa

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  1. Generic Image Linda says

    How fun to fantasize about this.  I’d do a lot of all of the above.  I’d give away to my favorite causes.  I’d help friends and loved ones.  And I’d remodel my house.  I would also love to do some traveling.

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  2. Lisa Ricard Claro Lisa Ricard Claro says

    My husband laughed when I brought up a house remodel. “Just buy a new house,” he said. I guess he has a point. But remodeling sounds like great fun anyway. :)

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  3. weezy8150 weezy8150 says

    Remodeling and putting your before and after pictures in an album would be a rewarding project.  There are so many deserving charities that I have to pick one or two. My daycare provider was a selfless woman who passed away too soon, and never got to see her grandchild after caring for so many others in her lifetime.  Her daughter is now a missionary in Africa raising her young family as her husband translates the bible for the native tribes.  I support them, but would do so much more if possible. Also, the national radio dj Delilah has an orphanage online that she founded, and I know that is a wonderful charity that she puts her heart into. It is fun to dream !

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