Monday, January 11, 2016

What Would You Do...

If you won the powerball?  I for one have zero chance of winning.  I have never purchased a lotto ticket for myself.  I think I might have bought one for someone else once but I can't really remember.  And if I am totally honest, I wouldn't want to win.  The idea of having to make decisions like that stresses me out.  Not to mention the people you would have to deal with.  It all makes me cringe.  But in my hypothetical world where I can win and no one knows I won, what would I do?

First, I would invest it in a variety of things.  Not all in the stock market because my mom has drilled into me not to put anything in the stock market that you can't afford to lose.  While it isn't fun and exciting, it would create money flow so I don't blow it all on all things pony.

Second, I would donate to a variety of charities.  Some research groups, some horse groups, and possibly create some scholarships.  Third I would set up a couple of training grants to try to help people like D and S.  Ones that are just setting out and haven't had the financial support to get the exposure that young riders provides.  This one would be tricky and needs more thought on how it would actually work, but it's all hypothetical anyway, so it would work perfectly.

For me, I would get a housekeeper.  They could clean and do dishes for me.  I will do pretty much anything to avoid doing dishes.  It is terrible.  I would also probably get a personal trainer.  I need someone to kick my butt, so I can actually get into shape to ride.

Now to get in to the more interesting pony/me stuff.  I would get a second horse and he would get custom saddles.  Maybe even Pongo, because I am quite fond of him and we could dabble around low level eventing while I get Stinker back in line.  Maybe I should make a trust fund for Stinker's vet bills... ;)  I would also get a truck and trailer.  I would buy into an upper level event horse.  I don't know who, but that would be pretty awesome.  I don't know if I would go in on a dressage horse unless it was with D, because the US riders don't capture my attention the way the eventers do.  Either way it would be awesome!

The things I would not do.  I would not buy a farm, but I would probably move (that is already in my plan so it doesn't really count).  I grew up on a ranch and that is hard work.  There is a reason I'm over educated.  I have the utmost respect for people who want that, but it isn't for me.  I would not quit working.  I've worked too hard to get where I am to just stop, plus everyone would get sick of me if I stopped working.

So what would or wouldn't you do if you won the lotto?


  1. i wouldn't want to own a farm either personally - i'm right there with ya! as far as what i'd should i win the lottery... hrm, the possibilities seem endless, no? but probably all the usual stuff: a pony of my very own, the best tack, a nicer rig, and on and on lol.

    also, fwiw (and you might appreciate this little trivia nugget): you infinitely increase your chances of winning by buying a single ticket, since there is zero chance with zero tickets but *some* (marginal tho it may be) chance with one ticket. the difference in odds between 1 and 2, or 1 and 100 - not significant. but the difference between 0 and 1 is infinite. #justsayin(thonoididn'tbuyaticketeither)

    1. That is a very valid point but it isn't worth it to me. I would be a miserable ball of stress if I did win so I don't play.

  2. I'm with you, I wouldn't want to win. I'm a high stress person anyway when having to make decisions (and all the time) where I can't see the sudden influx of a bunch of money helping that situation at all.

    But I feel there's kind of a social responsibility that comes with that much money, so I really hope that whoever does win does something great with it. With that amount, you could do a LOT of good in the world.

    For me, after charities and family, it'd be the predictable stuff- get a nice piece of land with a barn, get a fancy horse (but keep riding TC of course), ride with a fancy trainer, get some new tack/apparel. Travel a bit.

    It's fun to think about! Even if realistically I'd be a stressed out mess of a person.

    1. I would be a wreck if I got that. It wouldn't be as bad if it wasn't so public but everyone finds out. There are tons of winners that wish they hadn't won and I think quite a few end up broke.

      I agree about the social responsibilities and it's so hard to manage things when you get this much dumped on you.

      I just like thinking about the fun things that you can do.

  3. Ditto on starting a scholarship. That's one of my life goals. I'd probably start flipping some horses, keep the remaining funds and find things along the way to put it towards.

    1. That is awesome! I however would not do well flipping horses, because I get attached and want to keep all of them. :)