by Dennis Townsend, Contributing Writer
Ever sit and wonder what it would be like to hit the lottery for $5 million and then try and convince yourself that it wouldn’t change a single thing about you? I chose the amount of $5 million because how you react to becoming an instant millionaire will reach down into your soul and find the real you. Would you want to live your life in the manner that you live it now, or would you want to change your lifestyle? Remember that "a fool and his money are soon parted" so while $5 million may sound like a lot of money, foolish spending could eat it up in a heartbeat.
The lottery has given the average person that one in a ten million shot to change their lifestyle, and for the ones who say that winning it wouldn’t change anything about them I say good luck with that and here’s why. I can tell you that the first thing that will change about you will be that you will no longer require employment. If you’ve been one of those people who had to set the alarm clock to get up at 5 AM for the last 10 years, you can believe your lifestyle is about to change. You might think that the first thing that comes to the mind of the newly minted millionaire is a new house or car, but you’d be wrong. The very first thought is "I don’t have to work anymore" with a "Yee-Haw" thrown in for extra measure.
Since you’re not going to be working, you’ll need a nice quiet place to spend your days and living next door to Spanky and his band of lunatic friends just won’t cut the mustard. You find a nice place in the suburbs and suddenly instead of a three bedroom house on a dusty lot, you’ve got a 5 bedroom ranch house on 40 acres of land. So while you may insist that hitting the lottery for $5 million wouldn’t change a thing about you, it would change your circumstances. And while one may like their life the way it is right now, it is human nature to want to upgrade to a better lifestyle. Truth be told.