That was the suggested topic yesterday from WP, and that really hit home with me because Gerry and I talked about just that the other night. At first I was sitting here thinking about it and then I asked him. We talked for a bit about it and quickly came to the realization: «We didn’t know!» Some travelling, of course but that we could do now anyway.
The reason I started thinking about it was that they said on TV how much it was that week … the maximum amount a winner would get in Lotto 649. My thoughts started wandering. I honestly don’t know what I would do if I all of a sudden got ‘filthy rich’.
This sounds like I am a really boring person, and I’m not … it’s just that at this age … I wouldn’t react the same way as ten or twenty years ago. Would we buy a house?! I don’t know … I don’t think so. Maybe one of those flashy condos they’re building down at the water front. Maybe.
All the things I can think of that I really want are peanuts when talking about these amounts of money.
I have a little real-life story to go with this one:
On December 13th, 1999 I was going to work. It was too early to go out to the bus stop, so I decided to scrape a lotto ticket I’d been given as a gift. It was called the Millenium Lottery … each day you scraped and a year appeared, then you checked the paper to see which year was the winning that day. I scraped and 1941 appeared. Fine. I grabbed the paper and looked it up…it was 1941. ‘Okay’, I thought … ‘that’s cool, I’ve won a thousand Swedish Crowns worth of grocery!’ Then I checked the list again to see what it actually was that I had won. It was ONE MILLION CROWNS. That’s a lot less than one million dollars … $1 is approx. 6 Sw. Crowns, but still!
I wasn’t in a very good situation either, financially speaking. My hands started trembling, I looked again and again at the numbers. 1941. Pulled myself together and ran out so I wouldn’t miss the bus. All in all it took about half an hour to get to work. You can imagine all the thoughts that went through my head during this time! This was the solution to all my problems at the time! I even calculated how much I would have left after I’d paid off my debts and that was a great deal of money.
As soon as I got in to the office, I fired up a computer, went online to double-check these numbers. That was something my Mum always taught me … to double-check. She said ‘you can never trust the newspapers, there can be a mis-print or something’. So … I got to their web site and there it was 1942. For about one hour I was a millionaire.