If you are anything like me, last week you did something you normally don’t do – you bought a lottery ticket. The chance at one point four billion dollars seemed kind of hard to pass up.
I think once the ticket was purchased the day dreaming and planning began. What to do with all that money? Perhaps pay off the mortgage or do a little remodeling. Buy a car or take a trip. How soon before I would quit my job? Whom would I tell? What charities did I want to fund and friends and family would I help? Decisions, decisions.
I read an article in which businessman and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban gave advice to a potential lottery winner.
If you weren't happy yesterday, you won't be happy tomorrow. It's money. It's not happiness.
If you were happy yesterday, you are going to be a lot happier tomorrow. It's money. Life gets easier when you don't have to worry about the bills.
I splurged and bought five chances. Ten bucks. Instead of telling the cashier to give me a winner, which I am sure she hears that one all day, I told her to give me some losers. And you know what? She listened.
It was fun to think of all the possibilities, even if it was just for a day or two. And, I’m still as happy as I was before I bought the ticket. Just ten dollars poorer.