A Dollar and A Dream

by Kristina on March 22, 2011 · 1 comment

What would you do if you won your state lottery? Why do we even have a state lottery? In my opinion those millions of dollars could be put towards better use such as feeding the homeless, paying off national debt, and feeding hungry children with morning breakfast programs.

I personally feel that playing the lottery is a total waste of time.  If you play the lottery, do you play the same numbers every week?If we spend a little $20 a week on the lottery, it adds up to a major expense over the year.  If we put that $20 into a high interest savings account each week (or even a cookie jar) we would have at least $1040 saved up at the end of every year.

If you won the lottery would you still work?

Lisa Kudrow (Friends) starred in a movie called Lucky Numbers with John Travolta and Tim Roth.  They created a scam for which they would be the lucky winners of the lottery.  This story just proves that people will do anything for money.  People will beg, borrow, and steal for money.  Hey, I have an idea…How about you earn it?

I come from a family of hustlers.  My father never received a receipt for anything that he bought. He never accumulated debt, because he paid for everything in cash.  I have worked two jobs, and sometimes three, since I was 16 years old.

My younger sister has also always worked two jobs.  She does it because she likes to be productive with her time.  My sister Tara would rather work and make money, than sit around her couch doing nothing.  My sister feels that personal time is counterproductive. She recently left her second job because her primary job in real estate has been taking up way too much of her time.

In my family when we need money, we find a way to get it. We never rely on other people to make our dreams come true, and we never live on hopes for our dreams to come true.  However, not everyone is like this and this is why the lottery still exists today.

What would you do if you won the lottery?

I recently found out that there is a man at my work who won $2 million with a lottery ticket that he purchased with his father 4 years ago.  He still comes to work every day at 9 am, and he leaves at 5 pm to go home to his wife; they do not have any kids.  He dresses very well in Burberry and Prada, and he takes his wife on lavish vacations; but other than that he is a normal 9 to 5 bank employee.  In my opinion he has a lot of fun at work, and he really seems to enjoy his job.  I guess it is easier to enjoy our work life when there is no pressure of losing your primary income.

Photo by Robert Donovan



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1 Jon | Free Money Wisdom March 23, 2011 at 12:33 am

That story blows my mind! Yah, I’ve heard that people still like to work even if they’ve made it big.

If I won the lottery, I’d buy a ferrari, give 10% to my church, and invest the rest. I think I’d still keep my job, since I love what I do!

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