As a young child I can still remember the first time that my parents did the lottery. The excited expectation as we all sat down that Saturday night for the numbers draw, my Mum holding the ticket as though it held the key to all of our dreams, and my Dad reeling off the things that we would buy, the places we would go, and the ways in which he would tell his boss to stick his job. I used to sit there, my fingers tightly crossed, willing our numbers to come out of that lotto machine, butterflies in my tummy as those little balls whooshed around in a rainbow of colour, looking over at my Mum, hoping for confirmation that we had won our millions.
“Not this week!” she would tell us, as she’d scrunch up the ticket and toss it into the bin, “Maybe next time.” And I would see my Dads shoulders drop, my Mum sigh as she flicked over the TV, realising that nothing had changed, that our lives would still be exactly the same as they had been just ten minutes earlier.
As a grown up, when I started buying my own lottery ticket, I felt that familiar sense of excitement, the hope that if anyone was to win the lottery, why not me? “I’ve got a lottery ticket!” Gaz sometimes tells me, patting his back pocket with a wink, “We could be millionaires!”. And it has become a game that we play from time to time, day dreaming about how we would spend our imaginary millions, scrolling through Right Move at all of the houses we would buy, lusting after the cars we would drive, the holidays we would take, the experiences that we could provide for our children if money were no object.
Because as much as I believe that money doesn’t buy happiness, it does buy opportunities, many of which we have no chance of experiencing in our current financial situaton. As a family of six with only one income, money is short. We don’t have the biggest house, nor the best cars, and our holidays are confined to the UK, a caravan in Devon where, although the children have the time of their lives, there really is no comparison to a five star resort on a tropical island!
With more money we could travel the world (after paying Paul McKenna to hypnotise me to overcome my fear of flying of course!), eat in the finest restaurants, wear the best clothes and drive the flashiest of cars. And would we any happier than we are right now? Perhaps not, but we would have so much more time together without the restraints of a nine to five job, we would be less stressed, have fewer worries or concerns over how to make ends meet or pay our bills each month. When your hardest decision is whether it’s too early to crack open the champagne, I imagine that life is so much easier!
I asked a group of blogging friends what they would buy if they won the lottery, their answers ranged from very sensible to super extravagant!
“I would pay of fas many family & friends mortgages as we could, because if people didn’t have a mortgage to pay each month, their lifestyle would change so much. I would also take everyone to Disney World.”
Laura at Dear Bear and Beany.
“I’d do as much normal stuff as I could like give to charity, buy a home, save for the kids. However, I’d like to think I’d go a bit selfishly crazy too, I’d definitely have my brows microbladed and hire a personal trainer to get a great bum!”
Clare at Neon rainbow blog.
“I would have a new house built complete with a blogging office and a crafts room, and of course spoil the kids even more than they are now! I would also give to our hero donors family, it’s the least we could do after they gave us the gift of life.”
Jayne at Sticky Mud & Belly Laughs.
“Ooh well it would depend on how much, but the dream would be to take the boys off on a world adventure. Travel the world for a year or two, home school, world educate and go EVERYWHERE! Although being married to a sensible banker the answer would probably be pay off debt, buy a forever home and invest wisely….”
Laura at Life with baby kicks.
“We would install a pulley system so we could get takeaway curry easier. We live opposite an amazing Indian restaurant but the road is quite busy so if we had pulleys we could ring our order through and just get it sent over when it was ready!”
Hannah at East Sussex Mummy.
Louise at Pink pear bear.
“I’d buy us, my dad and a few other people homes and I would travel the world. I’d also get a personal trainer to help me lose weight, a boob job *these FF bad boys need a lift* and a Mulberry bag…. cos you know those are the things you do when you win the lotto!”
Alex at Better together home.
I love all of these ideas, especially the thought of our own private island, and, although the odds are against us, for a few moments every Saturday night, when I clutch that ticket in my hand and imagine what I’d do with my millions, it’s a moment of escapism from the stress of every day life, and one day, perhaps we might just be the lucky ones!
This post is written collaboratively with Lottoland, a website where you place a bet on the outcome of the lotteries, from all over the world, and Lottoland will match the jackpot should you win. From the Euromillions to the Irish lottery, even as far as the US powerball, there are so many opportunities to win!