What I’d do with a half billion dollars

The saying “you gotta enter to win” comes to mind.

Lottery fever is in the news again. Today’s jackpot is in excess of $500 million.

I haven’t bought my ticket yet. I have time yet to decide. I’m unemployed and I have an addictive personality, so I have to guard against extraneous purchases that could snow ball into large sums of money going out and useless slips of paper coming in. So I’m inclined to by-pass the opportunity altogether. The chances of me personally winning anything are slim to none and I need to save my money until my employment returns. Then I can afford to donate to the cause in hopes of landing a big payday and early retirement.

Being unemployed is like early retirement. You do with it what you want. I’ve been out of work for 10 months. In that time I’ve held two volunteer jobs and taken classes to learn how to create web sites. Earlier this month I started my own business to create affordable web sites and marketing for small businesses. I already have two clients. Both of which involve trades for services. Still, it’s work and my outputs are examples I can show to prospective employers. Or maybe I’ll continue to get business and grow my own company into an employer. That would be really cool.

So what do I need a half billion $ for? Peace of mind. Opportunity. Freedom. Cover medical expenses. Vacations.

One thing it doesn’t give me is the sense of self-confidence that comes from hard work and a genuine thank you from the person you deliver the results to.

One the other hand, with a half-billion in my pocket, I’d have all the confidence I needed to transition my early retirement into a full-time vacation.

Yeah, that’s the reason to buy a ticket. Now if only I knew where to buy one and what numbers to pick.