I bought my Powerball ticket today. With the all cash option, it is up to $380 million. I could do a lot of things with that money. There is the obvious things that I would do: pay off all debts, go on a couple trips like see the Grand Canyon and go salmon fishing in Alaska, buy hunting land for Y, set up a college fund for Lil Punk and invest enough to never be poor again.
But....I would need purpose in my life and that would involve giving back. My best friend is an addiction counselor at a faith based organization. I would love to set up a place for her to run it and do pro bono work at her option. I don't always understand addiction but I will always support her in her sobriety and work.
I would also want to set up a horse camp/program for underprivileged and troubled youth. It's been proven that working with animals gives people a sense of trust and purpose. I love horses and I think that this would be fun and rewarding.
I would also like to set up a women's shelter and program for those who are victims of domestic abuse and/or rape. So many times women (and sometimes men) stay in a bad situation because they don't have a way to support themselves. I would love to be able to offer education opportunities that would benefit them in the long run. Working with them to get reliable housing set up and working on budgeting would be right up my alley.
I know that many lottery winners regret winning the lottery because it can lead to having to move, addiction, divorce, etc. I would hope that I could do more good with the winnings in a way that would give me purpose so it didn't ruin my life. Anyway, I highly, highly doubt I will win but its still something to think about.
What would you do?