Imagine you’ve just found out you’ve won a very large amount of money, what do you do? Does your mind fill with ideas of how to spend your new found wealth? Does your heart race with excitement knowing that you can now afford that new car you’ve been lusting after? It’s a scenario many people play out in their minds imagining what they would do if their numbers came up. I’ll admit, I often think about how I’d spend the money and what life changing plans we could make.
The online lottery ticket service Lottosend commissioned a survey of 1500 people and asked them what they would buy if they had the money. Unsurprisingly, 24.9% of people said they would buy a new house. 13% would buy a new car and a statistic that shocks me is that only 3.4% would go on holiday. I would have imagined that this number would be a lot higher given that holidays are (or can be) a lot less expensive.
Here’s my top ten things of what I would do if I won the lottery
- Move house – We currently live in a two bedroomed terrace house with no driveway, no garage and a very small concrete back garden. I would LOVE to live in a big house with a driveway, a garage for one or two cars, a big garden with grass so Little Mr can play football outside in the sunshine in the safety of our own garden. There would be a utility room for all our washing and drying, an office for hubby and I and at least 3 bedrooms for us all to have our own space.
- Buy a new car – I would love a 4×4 car. My Parents have a Land Rover and it is so useful so I would love to join the ranks of being a 4×4 owner.
- Go on holiday – I would hire a villa somewhere hot and enjoy a month of basking in the sunshine with all my family. Perhaps if I had won a substantial amount I would even buy a villa with a pool overlooking a sandy beach and an amazing sea view.
- Book the holiday of a lifetime – I would absolutely love to visit Australia and New Zealand. Years ago my parents were considering making the move to New Zealand and becoming expats but the move fell through but I often think how different my life would be if I had lived over there.
- Give up work – without a shadow of a doubt I would hand my notice in, I would probably just ring up and say I wasn’t coming in forfeiting the months notice I would have to give. As a HR professional, it’s a bit naughty to do that but it’s not like I would be counting on my mere part-time salary anyway!
- Pay off family members mortgages – I would love to be able to give something back to my family. Both our parents own their own homes but I would love to be able to help them get the homes of their dreams. I’d buy my Sister her own house and my brother-in-laws would get their own homes too!
- Donate to charity – I would donate a substantial amount to charities which are close to my heart. Possibly Cancer or Stroke charities would benefit as they have helped my family and friends in the past.
- Have a party – I would love to get all my friends and family together from all parts of the country and have a party with no worries about the cost. There would be bouncy castles for the kids, a free bar for the adults and plenty of activities to keep people occupied. It would be like a mini festival in a big field somewhere with a hotel room close by to crash in when it all got a bit too much!
- Hire in help – Of course, if I could afford to I would hire someone to clean my house, do the washing and cook our meals. It sounds lazy doesn’t it but I would love to be waited on like that. I’d pretend I was part of the Royal family with my hired help! How nice would it be to order a fresh meal on demand and have it cooked there right in front of you without having to worry about cleaning the kitchen.
- Random Acts of Kindness – I would love to be able to help other people with my new found wealth. I can only imagine what I would do to help others but I would love to help pay a friends credit card bill or book a holiday of a lifetime for a family member. I’d love to be able to go to a restaurant and offer to pay some random persons bill or walk into a shop and offer to pay the bill for someone in the queue.
Money, it makes the world go round. There are so many opportunities that come with it, although I’m sure old so-called friends would make an appearance demanding money as bribes or reminding me I owed them £5 from years gone by. We can only imagine what we would do with the money, for many of us it’s just a dream but it’s nice to dream.