Today’s Mega Millions jackpot is at a record-breaking $640,000,000 as I write this. I have to wonder how many of my readers bought a ticket for tonight’s drawing, and if they did, what would they do if they won?
I bought a couple tickets, but not because I want the money for myself, but because of what I could do with the money to help society, my friends and family as a whole. This is something that I learned from Gee and my family growing up.
I know exactly what I’d do if I won… I’d take the one-time cash payout, which is probably a bit over $400,000,000 at this point…and put almost all of it into Gee’s foundation. I’d keep just enough of it to pay some bills and take care of my friends and family.
Some of my friends and family would get some help, because some of them are very deserving of it and been dealt a less than fair hand in my opinion. Then there are people that are important to me that I would make sure got taken care of–mainly by doing things like making sure my nieces and nephews would be able to go to whatever college they wanted without getting saddled with thousands of dollars of debt in the process–regardless of their parents’ ability to provide for them.
The money wouldn’t go to them directly, but would be setup in trusts for them and subject to some very strict conditions for them to be able to take advantage of it. I don’t believe in giving even my favorite nieces or nephews a free ride or carte blanche–I’d do something fairly similar to what “Red” did in the movie “The Ultiimate Gift.” I want them to learn the value of hard work, health, friendship, family, love, possessions and money, and what is truly important, at least the way I think of things. Money is probably the least important of them all.
After making sure all of that was taken care of, I’d leave to go cruising and sail off like Gee and I dreamed of doing so many years ago. I know who I’d want to go with me, but she isn’t likely to be around to go. I am pretty sure she is lost to her addictions, but hope, love and faith remain. As always, I close this post with a prayer for one of the women I love.
May God watch over my beloved Ellie. God bless her and protect her, even from herself. May God grant her the strength, courage, and will to fight her illness and return to being her true self. May God grant her the wisdom to see the truth—both about her illness and about us.