So MegaMillions is up to $222M for tonight’s drawing. For those living in New Jersey, that’s a $98,250,000 take home prize. What would you do with that much cash?
Here’s my updated list from last week (and yes, I actually took the time to write this all out):
$9,825,000 split between my church and my parents church
$9,825,000 split between various charities (complete with that wacky donation request to my college – like a weird statue in my name on the quad)
$1,000,000 for my sister
$1,000,000 for my folks
$1,000,000 college fund for Denis’ sister’s kids
$1,000,000 for Denis’ sister and her husband
$1,000,000 for Denis’ mom and brother for their generosity over the years
$12,000,000 divided into two trust funds – one for CootieGirl, and one for The Bean. Available to them on their 25th birthday.
$2,000,000 divided into $10,000 gifts for various family and friends
$6,500,000 for a permanent apartment in NYC – yes, they can cost that much. Please – I found a HUGE apartment for $26M on 67th & 5th complete with indoor pool. The understanding would be that this apartment would be available for use by all friends and family who wished to come visit NYC at any time, whether we were in town or not.
$1,500,000 for a house in the south – yes, it’s that much cheaper to live in the south. This house would be infinitely larger than the NYC apartment, but you know what it’s all about – location, location, location. The house in the south would enough acreage that I could have lots and lots of animals – horses, dogs, cats, chickens, pigs – you name it, I want it.
Here’s where we get to be a bit “nutty” spending money on wild things, like:
a cool $3,000,000 for that house in Hawaii – again for all friends and family that wanted a place to stay for free when visiting paradise on earth.
a house in Scotland with acreage, Arran cliff views, and gardens – I found one online for less than $2,000,000 which I feel is quite reasonable! Sure, it’s Scotland, but the outside of the house is so delightfully Austenesque.
a Jet to fly my family and friends around to various locales (NYC, Scotland, the South) for visits and vacations. It would also be fun to say to the youth group at church, “Hey, wanna go to Scotland for the weekend?” and just hop in the plane and GO. All passports must always be current and at arm’s length!
Even with all those worthy AND frivolous things that we spend money on, we’d still end up with about $40M+ left in the bank for regular expenses, investments and further gift-giving as needed.
It’s still fun to dream, isn’t it?