Did that make you sit up? There is something so very enticing about those words. Actually, I thought I’d won the lottery, but I hadn’t. One of my Day Zero aims is to win the lottery, the drawback being that I rarely, if ever, buy lottery tickets. Mr Noo regularly buys tickets, utterly convinced he will win. Utterly disappointed when he doesn’t. I feel that the amount of money spent on lottery tickets over the month could be more effectively invested in wine, thus guaranteeing a return.
Before Christmas I was at the supermarket about to do the fiercely anticipated and dreaded; Christmas Food Shop. I got lost on the way. Inevitable given we’ve used moved to a new city but I was about to enter a supermarket at the busiest time of the year, 45 minutes later than intended 10 minutes journey time. Then realised I had no £1 coin to release the trolley. Calmly I queued at the cash point, then, less calmly, I queued at the sweets and cigarettes counter. On a whim, I brought a bar of chocolate (Toffee Crisp) and a lottery ticket, just to ensure I’d get £1 in my change. I say “Lottery ticket please” they reply “Euro Millions?”. “No” I say and then feel the need to explain that the Euro Millions as the jackpots are too big. Obviously, I don’t need to explain but I do feel strongly that £83 million is too much. Imagine £83 million. Where would you start spending that kind of money? 83 winners or 40 or so would be better, in my opinion. A lottery win of 1 million that seems fine. An acceptable amount. Life changing without being too gratuitous. £83 million just seems too huge. Particularly, to someone who doesn’t like expensive cars or wants a yacht. A house in the South of France but not so large I’d regularly lose my child or have to employ someone to answer the door because it’s too far from the pool. Life should be about balance. Obviously, I could give it away but where to start charities, family, random strangers.
I settle for an ordinary lottery ticket although lotto and lottery and thunderball I find confusing. Spending the money on a bottle of wine is so much simpler.
I clamp the ticket to the fridge with a magnet and forget it. Until Mr Noo tells me I’ve won. This is Very. Exciting. News. It turns out to be £10. Shall I buy us two ready meal curries from Waitrose? Shall I spent it entirely on me? Shall I put it towards a family day out? Decisions, decisions and it’s a mere £10. Where the hell do you start with £83 million? Then I think, I asked for this in my Day Zero. ‘Win the lottery’ and the universe has provided. I remind myself of Noel Edmunds who is a great believer init got him a house in France and Deal or No Deal!
Mr Noo takes the ticket to the shop. I eagerly await my crisp £10. I have two numbers not three. I win nothing. Two Toffee Crips, however, would have been win win.
What would you spend £83 million on? Give me some ideas and I may start buying Euro Lottery tickets.