Let’s treat this as a guided meditation, shall we? Imagine that you’ve bought a Powerball ticket offering a jackpot that would place you in financial paradise fo’ life. Imagine you, and only you, won this obscene amount of greenery: How might you react? What may be the first thing you do? Most importantly, how would you manage/spend your new found wealth? Since I’m not terribly fond of approaching strangers, I decided to poll family and friends, on the fly, to get insight into what folks would do if endowed with proper disposable income.

Renata said:
“I would travel, and I would buy a gorgeous vacation house in Brazil and just kick it there every summer – with a full time nanny of course. [Renata’s a fellow writer and mommy of 2 children under 3). My philanthropic side would do something for orphans or women. Some kind if business to empower women so they would have the means to support their children.”

Josh spoke with frank clarity:
“I would do some diverse investing. I would also travel.”

Lana replied:
“I would want to build a tricked out community center for college students to intern, farmers and skilled professionals of all types to teach, kids to learn, and seniors a place to go to and stay active. My facility would totally be self-sustainable, tax deductible with pools, farmland, solar wind and steamed power. There would also be art, movie and acting theaters plus every sport known to mankind.”

Alex would:
“Start a movie production company in one of the worlds three largest movie markets.”

Similarly, Mateo would:
“Purchase a castle/farm/old factory for sanctuary of arts, theater space and film studio.”

Leah told me that the first thing she would do was get herself an attorney, set up trusts for her 3 kids, pay off all her debts, put some aside as a safety net and buy property (in full) all over the world.

When asked, Deniece said that at least 2 things on her list are the latest Mercedes-Benz G Class wagon and a Tempur-Pedic, king sized adjustable bed.

Janet told me she would buy a beautiful, big house, a Range Rover and provide a highly comfortable quality of life for her hubby & 3 children, including plenty of family vacations.

What would Sky do? Here it goes:

Number one, pay off debt! Then buy a fabulous house in Maui right next to the beach with a room for every activity you can imagine: A workout room, library, movie room, writing sanctuary, music room and a large space where my boys can run buck wild, safely. An infinity pool is a must, as is a Tempur-Pedic (the bigger the better). I also require one of those showers with at least 4 showerheads strategically placed along the wall, as well as bathrooms with heated toilets and high tech bidets complete with an air dryer (ha!). Basically our whole lives would be one big vacation filled with philanthropic and creative activities. Speaking of philanthropy, I’d hook up my close family and friends, then my favorite radio station KPFA, followed by other near and dear charities.

So let’s hear it. What would you do if you came into a massive fortune – dream big!

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  • Lola

    I would my take my mother on a luxury cruise and spoil her.

    I would buy 5 or 6 acres of land and create an amazing organic permaculture garden with a large potager, a cutting flower garden, an orchard, a wildflower meadow and beautiful trees. I would adopt a 3 or 4 rescue dogs, raise a few heritage hens, duck and geese breeds. It’s my ultimate dream.

    I would buy all the books that are on my amazon wishlist. I would get massages every other day. And I would also buy an old Mercedes 300SL.

  • Stella

    My husband and I talk about his all the time.

    We wouldn’t tell a soul!! All our relatives would show up wanting stuff and expecting us to take care of them!!

    So we’ll just cash that check, keep it on the low and bounce!

    No one would ever know where we ended up. We’d just tell them we got low-paying military jobs in Afghanistan and that would stop them from ever trying to visit us. But we’d be living it up in Hawaii.

    • DownSouth Transplant

      @ Stella, lol, those are drastic measures right there but yeah you gotta do what you gotta do, still it is hilarious, i’m gonna run this strategy by my beau

  • Denver

    1. Pay down debt.
    2. Relocate.
    3. Think about the rest later.

  • I was actually just thinking about this friday. Obviously it all depends on how much i’m getting but i’d pay off all my debts (which honestly is nothing but student loans and a couple hundred on some credit cards), decide on a chunk to give to family, invest, donate, and then spend on making my life comfortable.

    I certainly wouldn’t go about telling people i won money and the few people (my immediate fam only) i would tell, i wouldn’t actually tell them the amount.