My initial answer would be “YES, of course it would”
But now thinking about it, I’m not so convinced. So lets explore…
Right, so the first thing I would do is pay off all my debt. I think that’s something most of us would do.
Then I would probably take a family vacation. Somewhere like… Disney land, in Florida of course because now I CAN afford it. No budget to stick to, no shopping around for the best deal, just book and go. Sounds Great! The kids would absolutely love it!
I don’t think this will change me though, it’ll just be a lovely treat.
Ok, I’m back from holiday so what’s next? I imagine the next thing on the agenda would be to buy a bigger house, somewhere nice. Not too big however, that would just mean more cleaning for me! Just an extra bedroom so the boys don’t have to share, it would be bliss not having them fight EVERY night at bedtime. Oh and a separate study, a place for me to escape and write in peace without the millions of questions from my 9year old! AND it would have to be a detached property. I’ve had enough of hearing EVERTHING the neighbours get up to!
OMG, I’m starting to sound like a snob! I’ve never minded the neighbours before, in fact I really like them. All this money talk must be getting to my head – changing me.
So my debt has all been cleared, I had a fantastic family holiday and am now living in a larger, rural detached house. What’s next?
Maybe a new car, another dog and …. actually, I’m not sure what else I would do with the money. I know I would definitely help out my parents and in-laws, at least by paying off their mortgages. But apart from that I believe I would put the money into savings for the children’s future, along with any other little luxuries I might need.
Back to the question then, ‘would winning the lottery change me?’
No, I don’t expect it would. It would help me indulge more in life and I wouldn’t have to think twice before buying things, but it wouldn’t change me as a person. I would still love and care for my family. I would still teach my kids the value of money, they’d still only get £20 pocket money a month and that’s if they do their chores.
My conclusion is NO, winning the lottery would not change me. Money can buy you things to make you happy but as long as you stay grounded, YOU will still be YOU.
So that’s my thoughts on the topic but unless it actually happens I guess I will never know. Now a requests to my readers – Keep your fingers crossed and pray that I do win the lottery. Then I promise you, I will re-write this blog and you can see if my answer has changed.
What do you think – Would winning the lottery change you?