Monday, November 26, 2012

Day 331: Took A Penny, Left 50 Pennies

Powerball is up to $425 million dollars, so I thought that I would swing by and buy a lottery ticket like millions of other people.  Lottery madness is hilarious to me because people will buy a ticket when it gets up to hundreds of millions of dollars, but won't be bothered with a "mere" $8 million jackpot. I guess I can't really throw stones because I am definitely one of those people.  I spend way too much time daydreaming what I would do with the money even though in my heart of hearts, I know I won't win.  However, it doesn't hurt to dream a little.  After taxes, I would take home about $194 million which is way more than I will ever need.  The first thing I would do is give $1 million to my friend Matt to pay off a bet that we made in college (I still can't believe I didn't know Mickey Rourke was in the Enrique Iglesias "Hero" video).  I would then take at least $50 million dollars, find 50 different charities, and donate $1 million a piece.  Then I would put a ton of money in savings for Isla, treat friends and family to a great trip (possibly to space or at a minimum, Tahiti), build a cul-de-sac of houses so that my friends and family can all live near one another, and buy myself a championship belt, Batmobile, and a painting of the final scene from Rocky 3.  I will also always remember that the reason I was able to win was because of the "Take A Penny, Leave A Penny" jar at the 7-11 I went to.  I rarely carry cash on me, but I had a bunch of change and wanted to use it to buy my lottery ticket (unbeknownst to me before today, you can't buy lottery tickets with a debit card).  However, I only had a single and 97 cents on me.  Luckily, there were like 10 cents worth of pennies in the jar, so I utilized it to get my ticket.  When I got back to my car, I realized that I had a roll of pennies from a previous random act in my glove box.  So today, for my random act of kindness, I took a penny and left 50 pennies for someone else to use.  If I can't be the one to win the lottery, maybe a person will use my pennies and buy me a Batmobile.

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