As I write this, it is entirely possible I will win the $148 million Megamillions Lottery jackpot tonight.
- A) I have a ticket (two, actually)
- B) there’s really no good reason I can’t/shouldn’t win it.
With that clear and solid evidence in mind, I spent my half hour on the exercise bike this afternoon alternately watching cutie-pie Scott on HGTV’s Income Property and plotting out my lottery windfall. Both were quite enjoyable and never has a half hour passed so quickly.
If my calculations are remotely accurate (and there’s a good chance they’re NOT), I will take home about $70 million after lump-sum and tax deductions, and as it turns out, I need less than 1% of that to settle my debts and buy everything on my To Buy When I Win the Lottery List. (And I’m not waiting on sales, coupons, or garage sales, either!) If I decide against the Infiniti, I might not need all of that, or if I go with the Infiniti AND the Prius, I might require a tad more.
Anyway, even with charitable/civic contributions and honoring (immediate) family and (close) friends, it’s clear I’m going to have a little left over, and as I pedaled away this afternoon, I decided that
if when I win, I would like to buy each of you a fitness/health gift. Maybe you want a new bicycle, some good running shoes, or your very own home elliptical machine. Perhaps you’ve been drooling over a Vitamix with which to make green smoothies or a new set of kitchen knives to chop and dice your veggies. I could even spring for a year’s worth of gym memberships (note: Club Med is not a gym!) or some personal training to get you started.
So sing out and let me know what you’d like for your health/fitness lottery-winnings gift.
Should the unthinkable should happen and my numbers aren’t chosen, we’ll need to come up with a Plan B. What will you do to get that one gift for yourself?
[Edited to offer bad news/good news: I’m not sure how this happened but my numbers weren’t chosen last night. The Universe, she toys with me.
Anyway, that’s the bad news; the good news is that no one else won either and the jackpot has increased to $171 million. Of that, I will take home $81 mil (give or take a couple) and thus will be able to grant a substantial number of additional health/fitness requests. This also means that you will have until Tuesday evening to place your orders. And I must say, you are all showing remarkable restraint. ]