For many of us, winning the lottery would be a dream come true. But would it really..?
No matter which country you’re from, chances are they have a lottery. Usually, there is the possibility, however slim, of winning huge amounts of money. Speaking from my own country (the UK) I have seen amounts range from a couple of million pound to sixty or seventy million pounds. Firstly, I will outline a couple of the things that people who dream of winning the lottery would do with their money should they win. I interviewed one hundred people, and these are the most common answers given by them.
1) Leave their job.
2) Give enough money to close family members to enable them to leave their jobs.
3) Buy a new house and car.
4) Place children in private education.
5) Take a holiday.
These were, by far, the five most popular answers from the people I asked. I am now going to talk through some of the problems that may be faced by people who believe that money will change their lives.
Firstly, you would need to consider the impact of leaving your job. If you have an important job, there may be some impact on the company for which you work. They may have problems finding a replacement for you, and the company may suffer as a result of this. This is most likely to be the last thing you think about when thinking about leaving your job. Also, if you leave your job, you might find that you have a lot of spare time on your hands. If you and your partner both leave your jobs and are forced to spend a lot of time with each other, the boredom that you will undoubtably experience may be a cause of friction between you and has been proven to cause divorce in many cases in the past. You need to think about what you’re going to do during the time you would have spent at work. Many people just think about staying in bed until lunchtime and then having a lazy afternoon, but this isn’t a fulfilling lifestyle, and you will probably find that you tire of this very quickly.
Giving money to family and friends becomes problematic as well. For example, how would you decide what to give to you? Would you give your partner’s family any money, and would that be expected of you? You will find that with any kind of financial gain, people will start to view you in a different light, and may attempt to become closer with you than they had been in the past. Because of this, it is advisable to keep your win quiet and give money to those who you know will be able to keep quiet about where the money had come from.