If we won the lottery….

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.

“I‘d take all my family and friends and hire an island with staff to take care of all the kiddies! Bliss!!  Actually, I would BUY the island! And a private plane to visit there all the time!”

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!

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday




  1. February 18, 2017 / 6:30 pm

    I think I would travel, and I think most people would too! Thank you~

    • Laura Dove
      February 18, 2017 / 6:47 pm

      It would be lovely to have that luxury! xx

  2. February 18, 2017 / 7:26 pm

    oh gosh, if i won the lottery it would be hard to know what to do if im honest. I think high on my to do list would be buying our perfect family home, followed by travelling. x

    • Laura Dove
      February 19, 2017 / 4:04 pm

      Me too, and a cleaner – I would so love that! xx

  3. February 18, 2017 / 9:59 pm

    What a great post! For me it would be travel, travel and more travel!

    • Laura Dove
      February 19, 2017 / 4:02 pm

      I think I would be the same once Paul McKenna had worked his magic! xx

  4. February 18, 2017 / 10:48 pm

    Travelling seems to be a popular answer! I think that would be mine too, along with a new car that is reliable! xx #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      February 19, 2017 / 4:01 pm

      Oh yeah, a new car would be top of my list too! xx

  5. February 18, 2017 / 10:54 pm

    I often play ‘what would I do if…’ and then get annoyed when I don’t win. Mind, it would help if I actually bought a lottery ticket!! #kcacols

    • Laura Dove
      February 19, 2017 / 4:00 pm

      Haha yes me too! When I do buy a ticket I genuinely think I’m going to win though! xx

  6. February 19, 2017 / 3:12 am

    I would build one of those cute tiny houses in the backyard and I would escape to it and not feel guilty cause technically I am only steps away from the family.


    • Laura Dove
      February 19, 2017 / 3:52 pm

      Haha yes! I would so love that! xx

  7. February 19, 2017 / 10:23 pm

    I don’t often do the lottery but when I do I really think that I will win! One of my close friends dated a lottery winner (he won 9 million!) and sad the he was always miserable – so it just goes to show it doesn’t make you happy!! #kcacols

    • Laura Dove
      February 20, 2017 / 11:02 am

      Ooh no way! I’d have married him pronto! Ha! xx

  8. February 19, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    “(…) scrolling through Right Move at all of the houses”- haha so true! I like the idea of limitless travelling but it could be exhausting! I would definitely support some animal charity organisations- that is very close to my heart.

    • Laura Dove
      February 20, 2017 / 11:02 am

      Ahh that’s a lovely thing you would do. xx

  9. Sophie
    February 20, 2017 / 9:39 am

    I would travel far and wide with my family (even more than we do already!)

    • Laura Dove
      February 20, 2017 / 10:26 am

      That would be amazing! XX

  10. February 20, 2017 / 10:09 am

    I would build my dream house with a library and walk in wardrobe!

    • Laura Dove
      February 20, 2017 / 10:26 am

      Oh a library would be amazing! xx

  11. February 20, 2017 / 10:08 pm

    I would buy a massive house for my family and travel the world! 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      February 21, 2017 / 12:15 pm

      Wouldn’t that be amazing?! xx

  12. February 23, 2017 / 3:28 pm

    I’ll confess that I think about this more than I should. I’d like an upgraded house someplace warmer and a new truck but don’t think I’d go too crazy. The one big change would be more vacations to better places! Visiting from #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      February 24, 2017 / 4:13 pm

      Haha me too, way too often actually. I think we would stay local to where we are, just bigger house, nicer car and better holidays! xx

  13. February 23, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    Awesome post 🙂 don’t we all daydream about what we could do!!! I remember reading once that a decent percentage of Canadians (where I live) actually play the lotto as part of their retirement plans…. kinda crazy. I almost was part of a winning. A week after I broke up with an old boyfriend his dad won 7 million dollars!!!! I’d buy a farm and have a huge garden we’d love to show our kids the world too!!! #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      February 24, 2017 / 4:12 pm

      No way! 7 million dollars is madness, I’d have been clawing my way back, hah! xx

  14. February 23, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    I love this! i would get a boob job a new house and New cars for us both to start with! Thank you for linking up with #KCACOLS we hope to see you again xx

    • Laura Dove
      February 24, 2017 / 10:44 am

      Haha I’m with you on the boob job, I’d probably have the full works! xx

  15. February 24, 2017 / 11:37 am

    Definitely a new house for us and car. To live mortgage free would be our dream and have the time to find a job we both really wanted. #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      February 24, 2017 / 4:10 pm

      Oh me too! It would be amazing! xx

  16. February 24, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    This is one of my favourite games to play in my head because it feel it helps me focus on what I want in life. If my focus is travel, then I can do that more (just not the 5 star way), if it’s paying off our mortgage I know I am seeking more financial security and can try and work towards that etc

    • Laura Dove
      February 26, 2017 / 1:13 pm

      Me too! It would be amazing to have the money to travel more, one day….! xx

  17. February 26, 2017 / 10:51 pm

    I honestly think the pulley system for takeaway is the best use of a lottery win I’ve ever heard! x #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      February 27, 2017 / 12:56 pm

      Haha isn’t it amazing!!! xx

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