I received an e-mail informing me that I had won the lottery - within a fraction of a second I was spending my fortune. The bad news was that I only won a tenner, however, it did make me wonder what my "major" purchases would be if I was lucky enough to win a huge amount and I had looked after my friends and family.
I think I would buy a nice house and a holiday home in France and my son says I would need a Bugatti Veron (a mere snip at Ã‚Â£850,000!)
Definitely property for the family - big enough so other relatives and friends can stay and live too. It doesn't have to be flashy or in the best area, just a fair size, practical with a bit of a garden at least. That'll be all. The rest to charity.
First thing I'd do is take all my family and friends on an all expenses holiday - somewhere warm!!!
Then, whilst on this lovely relaxing holiday plan how I would spend my winnings. Michael Owen had a great idea and bought a street and moved his family all into seperate houses, I think I'd follow suit.
Then there's the obligatory holiday homes and cars
I'd also pay off all debts for my nearest and dearest
It would be A M A Z I N G
Only problem is, I don't do the lottery as the odds of winning are so small and I'm not a particularely lucky person!!
Definitely property plus a couple of investments, property for all of my kids and new cars for my wife and I (more practical than flash though). After that, some would go to charity, but I'd retire and give time to charity as well as money.
I would buy a decent but not grand house a with a decent size garden in which i would build an outside room, a firepit and a tree house .I'd also convert the garage to a mini kids world type play centre coz my kids are still very small, it would have a decent sofa and coffe maker in it for me!
I would buy 1 brand new family car and a smart car, send the kids to private school and take 1 holiday a year. I would give Ã‚Â£ to my 4 fav chairites and set up a grant making trust with the Communitiy Foundations in Sussex, Bedfordshire, Devon and Kent (family ties!) so that my winnings can support charities in perpetuity.
I would support kids via services like World Vision, pay off my familes morgages and set up pensions for my folks and my inlaws. I would treat 10 close friends to life changing gifts (ie morgages, pay for IVF costs, pensions etc nothing fleeting and momentary.
ummmm think thats about it....... although if we are talking STUPID money i might just pay for clean water through out Africa!!
I remember hearing Peter Jones (of dragons den) saying that he had set up funds for his children so that he would double their salary (and triple or more if they did something worthwhile like nursing etc) - I thought that was a brilliant idea.
I'd love a lottery win, but a Peter Jones style clause is the way to go, too much fighting and bickering over money is not a good thing. Then again last thing I'd want is to be seen as, is controlling - a very destructive thing in my eyes.
I'd be investing a right bit of the money with my brother, seen how hard he and his wife work, and a bit more capital would really start to make things roll for his businesses. I'd want to move to be closer to my family, and have the obligatory house with a bit o land to be a gentleman farmer. Enough land for vehicles like scramblers and a cars to circulate around tracks and the like, with the odd donkey and goat.
Personal Trainer would be needed with a gym and a swimming pool to get me back into some sort of shape. With a kids playground with robust slides and climbing frames I'd be able to use too.
Some one to help me tidy up and do a bit of cleaning and laundry.
Oh dear all this dreaming is why people end spending all their winnings, better make it a big lottery win then. :-) )