Today was thinking about what I would do if I won the lottery. It would obviously be a life-changing experience, but how much of my life would it actually change?
So let's say I won a small lottery, maybe a paltry 50 million dollars. The first thing would happen is the state and federal governments would take approximately half, which would leave me with a piddling 25 million dollars to change my life with.
The first thing I would do is go to my bank with the 25 million dollar check and handed it to the clerk who would press the hidden emergency response button and have me arrested for fraud. She of course would know that I've never had more than $85 in my account and figure I was up to something nefarious.
After I was released from custody and deposited my check I would give 20 million of it to my family, after all why should I be the only one suffering from all of the problems associated with great wealth. This would leave me with a modest 5 million dollars to live on for the rest of my life.
I would take about 60 thousand of those dollars and buy a new truck. My truck is 10 years old now and getting a little long in the tooth. I'm pretty sure the Duramax diesel engine thats in it will last a lot longer but the rest of the truck is wearing out and I really don't like the idea of being broke down beside the road towing a 30 foot 5th wheel trailer. So new truck would be at the top of my list.
The truck is the only thing I can think of that I would buy, because I've already got everything I need and maybe even a little more. So the rest of the money would have to go towards changing my life.
So how would almost 5 million dollars change my life? Would I start staying in $100 a night RV parks? No way! They probably wouldn't let me in the gate. Would I eat out at fancy restaurants every day? Not really, any restaurant fancier than Whataburger wouldn't give me a table. Would I only associate with multimillionaires like myself? Not likely, they probably wouldn't speak to me know matter how much money I had. Would I buy a huge yacht and sail around the Caribbean? Actually I'm prone to seasickness. Would I buy a multimillion dollar Prevost class A motorhome? Nope, I rather like my Arctic Fox. So how would 5 million dollars change my life?
The truth is.... It wouldn't. I know that sounds unbelievable, but it's true. At this point in my life I can't think of any other way I'd rather live. I have everything I need to live the way I want. I stay relatively cool in the summer, and relatively warm in the winter. I boondock in beautiful places, and if I want a different beautiful place, I hitch up and leave. I'm often around other RV people which I've found to be great folks. And my life is as free and stress-free as I want to be. So what more could I want.... Of Course that new truck would really be nice.