$640,000,000

30 Mar

I must admit that I was a little disappointed that I didn’t win the $640 Million Jackpot.

With that amount of money, after taxes I could have bought approximately:

548, 571 pairs of Louboutins

or

19,200 Alligator Hermes Birkin Bags

or

1,920 Ferrarris

Last week, when the jackpot started to rise to half a billion dollars, my husband and I, like so many other American couples, had a conversation over dinner about what we would do with the money if we won.  What charities we would donate to, where we would buy a vacation home, what lands we would travel to, and what cars we would buy.

Then later that night, as I was tucking my 5 year old in bed and she was giving me eskimo kisses, I started to think, would winning the lotto really change my life?  It would certainly afford me the opportunity to change other peoples lives.  I would definitely  have less stress, I would probably never have to worry about money again, I could buy as many Louboutin glitter sling backs as my heart desired, and a home in Bermuda, in short, it would make my life easier, more exciting, possibly even more fun, but would it really change my life?

It wouldn’t make my 2 healthy children love me any more, it wouldn’t make my marriage any stronger, it wouldn’t make my parents any prouder.  Winning the lotto wouldn’t suddenly cure my best friend’s son of Autism, it wouldn’t change the fact that my uncle passed away in 4 short months after being diagnosed with adrenal cancer, it wouldn’t give my grandfather back the speech he lost after his massive stroke 2 years ago.  So if I really think about it, would it really change my life? I mean really change  the things that mattered in my life?

I have a roof over my head, however small it may be. I have healthy children, however bratty they may be.  I have a husband who loves me, however much of a pain he can be.  I have parents who are proud of me, however overbearing they may be.   So, I guess if I really think about it, I am lucky enough to say that winning the lotto really wouldn’t change my life.  And I’m guessing if you are reading this now, you are sitting in front of a computer, with a roof over your head and possibly a cup of coffee in your hand, so really, would it change yours?

One Response to “$640,000,000”

  1. julie April 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    Proud of you.