I know, “Winning the Lottery” was not supposed to be the theme for this week’s sidetracked post. I guess it was my turn to break the rules or in further transparency, it looks like I wasn’t listening when the topic was discussed. In my defense, I’ve never been much of a believer in Genies in or out of a bottle or in the Pot of Gold at the end of the Leprechauns’ rainbow. But I have known people who won the lottery.If I won the lottery, I would first have to have someone revive me because I’m sure I would faint. Buying a lottery ticket has not been a priority of mine because frankly I’m not sure I want to win. It seems that frequently bad things have happened to those folks that won!
I would like to think that I would be better prepared than most. First, I would set up a foundation to not only claim the winnings but also to distribute funds to needy causes. If the dollars allowed, I would make sure that all the Sidetracked Sisters were made debt free. Top on my list of causes is St. Jude’s, Shriners Hospital, Feeding America and several scholarship organizations.
Before I went public, I would make sure that I had a solid business plan in place. I would somehow shield myself from people that were trying to take advantage of my good fortune. I think one of the downfalls of this windfall would be that everyone would want a piece of the pie. I would use my time of anonymity to prepare a detailed business plan outlining how the funds would be invested, distributed and protected. Since in Wisconsin we must disclose the winner, I would make sure that the name that appeared would be the name of the foundation.
Next, I would like to enhance our Sidetracked Sisters setup with a location that offered opportunities to further our legacy work, in addition to growing our offerings in our four pillars of Self, Soul, Surroundings and (in)Sanity. We all have great ideas for next steps. It would be amazing to have the funds to bring them to fruition.
I would find ways to enhance benefits to the mental health community. This is a grossly underserved area. I would like to figure out ways to offer solutions for those struggling with mental health issues.
If I won the lottery, I would see this as a major opportunity to follow my calling to help others in ways I have not had the resources to do in the past.
I would get down on my knees and pray to show my thankfulness and my gratitude for this unimaginable opportunity.