With a recent lottery jackpot reaching 1.5 billion, the largest in world history is hard not to get caught up in the fantasy of winning that kind of money. Anytime the lottery reaches over 100 million I typically plunk down a few dollars in my office pool. Heck I don’t want to be the last man standing after everyone one else just said FU to the man.
I’ve heard all of the wild stories from my co-workers if they won, like I’d move away and not tell anyone where I’m going. I’d buy a big house and new cars for my entire family, or I’d go on a permanent vacation, never staying in one place too often.
My approach to winning might be a little different. I think I would stay a work for a while, and just lame duck it. When someone needed a report or project on a deadline, I would just tell them that wouldn’t work for me. It would be fun to be that guy. I’d see how long I could slack off until they were done with me.
Just last week the Powerball jackpot crept to 500 million and it got me thinking as I handed over my hard-earned money to a co-worker who was going pick up tickets with a one in 292 million chance of winning, what if I applied the same lottery mentally to my everyday finances. No I’m not going to slack off at work, but what if I set my aim for the same fantasy goals with my money like I had just won the lottery.