My friends and I have a running joke. When times get a little tough for us financially, we always talk about needing to win the lotto just to get ourselves on the right track. But with Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot hovering at $500 million, I won’t lie…I’m buying a ticket–or three!

While I’ve bought a handful of lotto tickets in my life and generally see them as a waste of money, a $500 jackpot makes you rethink some things. The opportunity to finally give Sallie Mae the middle finger, pay off my car note, buy my dream house, help my brother finish college debt free, build a college fund for my son, buy my momma a house, start a scholarship fund for young folks of color, travel the world as many times as I want, and about a million other things gives me an infinite amount of reasons to buy a ticket.

And if images of plane tickets and an African safari dancing in my head wasn’t enough, I could take the words of Nas and rethink my random apple juice purchases, because after all, “that buck that bought a bottle coulda struck the lotto.”

So yes….I’m buying my ticket before Friday and crossing my fingers.

How about you? What would you do if you hit the $500 million jackpot? 


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