Angela Otts

I decided to buy a lottery ticket before Christmas. Maybe I would get lucky and win $170 plus million on Powerball. There isn’t big yahoos and yeahs in this column, because I didn’t come up with a single number.

Anyway, the lottery is for daydreaming. What would you do with millions of dollars? I’ve always had ideas for that cash flow, but they remain daydreams and not reality.

When my husband and I used to head north for the holidays, we stopped along the way to buy lottery tickets, figuring that different states might give us a chance at a win. The fun in all this was the daydreaming about what we would do with the million dollar windfall. It kept us chatting for most of our trip to Wisconsin.

First, we’d make sure the kids got a share. They could retire and enjoy life. Second, we thought about the places and organizations that could use some big cash. We’d donate right there in Guntersville…our church, the museum, RSVP, Christmas Coalition, the schools. We mapped everything out, and there was still enough for a wonderful trip, a yellow Corvette and other stuff.

We discussed how we would notify the kids.

“How about a conference call and yelling out “You’re all millionaires!” my husband suggested. I feared maybe a conference call to the kids would have them thinking we’re deathly sick, dying or dead.

We would book a plane and fly all the family to somewhere warm and fun. No one would have to worry about a thing.

Once you start talking about stuff like this, you conjure up all kinds of things to do, places to go, and things to buy. We wanted to help our siblings along with our immediate family. Everyone had to have joy in the found treasure.

My husband and I said that we would be ready if we ever won, because we had talked about it so much over the years of buying tickets. Our family was first, the community second. Wow, what a winner could do to help the community. We always dreamed big for the community.

The exercise of winning the lottery was a good one, because we put things in perspective. It wasn’t so much about buying a lot of stuff…more about making a lot of people happy. I’m sure most of us would think that way, especially with millions in our bank accounts.

We never came close to winning anything, though. We probably would have fainted on the spot if we did. But, as I said, we planned for the win. We were ready and able to divide and hand out millions to worthy causes around us.

Who knows…maybe one of these days!!!!!

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