People are always telling me how lucky I am. I can't even count the number of times that I have been told that I should buy a lottery ticket. However, I am not a gambler. I refuse to pay money to win something.
It isn't because I think that there is anything wrong with gambling. I have lots of family and friends that play the lottery quite often. My mother enjoys spending the occasional day at the local casino. We used to live near the horse track and would go to the races for a day of family fun once or twice a year. The reason that I don't gamble is that I think I have an addictive personality. I can see myself buying a ticket, winning a small amount, then spending more and more trying to get that "high" that comes from a small (or large) windfall.
For my birthday last week, one of my best friends bought me a lottery ticket for the much talked about Mega Millions lottery drawing. She knows that I don't gamble, but was hoping that my luck combined with her purchase would result in a rapid cash influx. We spent the day joking about whether or not I'd share with her if I won as well as what we would do with all that money.
Would I buy a new house?
Nope. I love my house. I couldn't ask for a better location or better neighbors. I would do a little remodeling, but nothing hugely different than what we're hoping to do in the next few years anyway. I would just have it done now rather than having to wait.
Would I buy a new car?
Yes. Again, this isn't too different than what we're planning for anyway. One of our cars has 230,000 miles on it and the other has around 150,000. They certainly aren't spring chickens anymore. However, even if we won, I think we'd only replace the older one right now. Our newer car doesn't really give us any problems and we like it it. It is comfortable, reliable, and what I'm used to.
What else would I spend my money on?
Nothing that I can think of. I am not a huge spender. I like the security of having money in the bank more than I like most things I can buy with it. I don't have any dream items I've been coveting. While I love the look of the rooms in a furniture store catalog, I also love the comfort of my mismatched, lived-in rooms. I like the little stains and the memories of where they've come from. Don't get me wrong . . . there are days when I get frustrated with the lack of perfection . . . but more often than not, I'm happy with what I have.
Would I share?
Of course! However, I wouldn't share with anyone that expected it or claimed that they deserved it. I would share with my family and friends that know how to appreciate all the little things in life.
So, what did I win with my ticket?
The entertainment that came with the discussion of what I'd do with the winnings.
The realization that I really am as lucky as everyone says, just in a different way. I have an AMAZING family, IRREPLACEABLE friends, and everything I need to make me HAPPY.
What more could a girl ask for!