What would you do?

In national news today:

Family claims largest ever Lotto prize

They won the $19m Powerball jackpot over the weekend.

The parents have said that they wish to remain anonymous.

The son said he thinks he’ll buy an Aston Martin.

One of them is wrong, I guess!

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7 thoughts on “What would you do?”

  1. This thought kept me occupied for my entire 5 minutes walk to work this morning. I as tossing up keeping it a secret or not (Mainly because I can’t keep a secret to save myself)… Did you ever hear about the woman in England who won lotto, didn’t even tell her husband and every year got a mysterious ‘bonus’ from work and took her family on great holidays? That sounds perfect.

    I would:
    * Buy a cottage in Mt Cook
    * Pay off my sisters mortgage and give my other sister the same amount
    * Go on a massive holiday with everyone I know
    * Keep a million to invest in cool things
    * Give the leftovers to charity.

    It would be super cool to win, but winning isn’t the same as earning and I wonder if anything would ever be as cool again if you could have it all? Or maybe it would just be more awesome?

    Maybe you can answer that one Rowan :)

  2. I would also buy a lovely place by the beach and a sailboat to get around the world by wind… then get back into the big dream….

    There’s so many ways to do something in the world that I feel I’ve had to touch but largely walk past until further notice… that notice is having the time ability and influence to be able to do something. I feel like I’m in stage 1 of life right now, quietly building up ability and influence, give back as part of my ventures, and at some point the business ventures we’re working on will give me more time and money.

    So… Having $19 mil should buy you the time, whether or not you’ve got the ability and underlying heart/direction is still up for grabs and often depends on how you got the money in the 1st place. Lotto? hmmm.. not sure what the odds are here…

    sustainable world development
    There’s so many ways to setup sustainable development that just require the time, love and smart thinking of people and a little money to get them through the first stages. But you’ve got to start somewhere, and I’d make a start with education and building capability and go up from there.

    Sustainable Education
    After my first trip through Cambodia, a way to help became clear, people want to learn, understand that they can create more value, and have a community spirit, but there time is dominated by surviving and they have no money.

    So I’d rent a place in town, kit it out with some computers and start training a bunch of kids (probably the ones that could already speak some english and had a start on using computers) on how to be web geniuses and make a living on the web.

    The deal would be simple. I pay for everything, and for every person I train, they have to train someone else further down the chain of knowledge, until it filtered through to getting people into there first introductions to computers.

    Beyond Charity
    My role in the organisation is then 2-fold. Train the trainers, and secure commercial work around the world that starts to cover the cost of the facility and pay the trainers who would now be paid web consultants. Eventually the organisation is either transitioned over to the people as a business, or maintained as a non-profit by the community.

    I’d also work on recruiting support from educated travellers who pass through and want to do something but feel helpless.

    From the first we would grow more, a network across Cambodia, South East Asia, and other countries who are in a similar position. Because I’ve got $19mil, I can start and fund as many as I chose before they each become financially self sufficient.

    Building capability in all key areas of the world
    I start with computers and web stuff because I know it, can teach people, train someone to be a web designer, to markert… but then would open this education model up, use the PR from doing this successfully to meet other people who want to give their expertise to train others and move into other high value areas of the world to help small struggling local economies build their future.

    So that kick starts a sustainable education and builds an initial economic base (creating value and delivering it to the world) and builds a good network of people who care all round the world.

    Then onto Stage 2…. sustainable energy & transport and independent media…

  3. Lets see – 10 mil @ 5% = 500K interest a year. Definitly enough to live well on.

    The other 9 mil? something environmental, I imagine – maybe try to get wind farms setup in places where they dont otherwise have power or something.

  4. I’d create a company that hired the best minds in advertising to dream up ads designed purely to get people thinking about the really important issues facing the world today.

    A change in thinking creates a change in conversation which creates a change in people’s action.

    There are more important issues in the world than which brand of washing powder gets your whites whiter!

  5. 1] spend more time with the kids
    2] go surfing as much as possible
    3] throw some great parties
    4] plant heaps of plants & trees
    5] acquire appropriate property as needed for the preceding three
    6] invest in “clean-tech”
    7] maybe study some more
    8] live off interest [& go cruisin in an Audi RS5 whenever I feel like it]

    … oh, the endless possibilities – i have a lotto powerball policy of not buying a ticket until it jackpots past $6M – and then, like Nic, i do a mental sum each week of what the interest income would be…

    … its great to dream like this – as long as you also ask yourself what you could do right now, without relying on winning lotto, to move yourself towards those dreams…

  6. I like Dylans idea there a lot, lets use the power of communication and design to wake people up, not keep putting them to sleep…

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