Recently, stories about lottery winners have been catching my attention. The most recent was the person who won $128,000 after purchasing a ticket at an 'adult' store in Michigan. Michigan law states that lottery winners can not remain anonymous so this person's dirty little secret will be exposed once they claim their ticket! To date, I don't believe they've come forward. Since my days are typically filled with episodes of Caillou and The Wiggles, I could be wrong about that since I'm typically behind on the news.
The other story I heard was nothing short of amazing. A Canadian couple won $11.3 million and gave $11 million away. They helped out friends and family first before moving onto numerous charities. The 78 year old wife, Violet, stated, "What you've never had, you never miss." I love that!
We live in a world where more is better. People are buying huge houses, designer clothes, bigger and better cars. Here is a couple who is unfazed by extras. They are happy with what they have, each other. It's easy to focus what we don't have but this couple reminded me that most of us have more than what we need.
If by some miracle (since I never buy lottery tickets) I won, I would probably not be quite as generous. I would definitely help out my family and give to charity but I would keep a little for myself as a cushion. Being young and a parent, I sometimes worry about unemployment or illness... those things you can't control but leave you without a paycheck. I would definitely want to make sure I had savings to tap into.
What would you do? Would you give it all away, keep it, or be somewhere in the middle?