I noted the other night that one of the two winners of a 380 million dollar jackpot in the lottery game Mega Millions bought his/her ticket in Post Falls, Idaho. I happen to know someone from that town, up there between Washington and Montana. I just sent the person an e-mail saying I hoped it was theirs.
Tonight on television the other winner, a man from Washington state not far from Post Falls, was shown after he came in with his wife to claim his 190 million dollar prize. He told how he had come in to the bedroom, wakened his wife and showed her the winning numbers and his winning ticket. He said it would last for generations because "we're not going to blow this!"
I have dreamed for years about "winning the big one". Quite a while back, we won around $1,200 in a lottery game right before Christmas. I don't remember what we did with the money but it certainly made that year's Christmas bills go away. Incidentally, we've probably spent that 12 c-notes on more lottery tickets with never a big winner. $3, $4, $7 . . that's about our take and lots and lots of losing tickets.
SWMBO and I have seriously thought for a long time how we would handle a super big money win in one of those games. Of course, our heirs would be well-fixed, probably even the ones that rarely speak to us. You just know the phone would start to ring more regularly. We used to travel quite a bit and, hopefully, we would do much more of that. But, we're pretty well fixed with "things". So, other than a new car, a new place to live and . . and . . and . . Well? What would we do with all that money?
But as the commercials say - "You can't win if you don't play."
update: My acquaintance in Idaho has just e-mailed back to say he didn't win. He said when he went in to the office to claim his share of the big prize he was told he had to buy a ticket to win. As he put it: "Details, details."