When I grow up, I want to win the lottery

Written on March 1, 2009 at 12:01 am
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My sister was telling me about how the lottery jackpot in the state that she’s currently living in (California) is like 200+ million dollars, US. But then after taxes, it’s a lot closer to a 100 million dollars. Due to taxes and whatnot. I can only imagine what kind of advertisements I’d see in Canada if they did that as well for lotteries. But here, the winnings being advertised as usually the winnings that you get (unless 3 other people draw the same numbers as you do) because the winnings are taxed prior to you receiving them, and they advertise the post-taxed total only. So she was lamenting about that. And all I could say was “Why are you complaining? Hey, if you happen to win the lottery and you ‘only’ get a hundred million, I will gladly take it off of your hands so that you’re not burdened with it!” I’m a great sister, I realize.

I’d set $5,000 into a Tax-Free Savings Account, set aside the maximum that I could put into an RRSP (can’t remember the percentage of your annual income anymore), set aside $30,000 for future education costs (whoot!) and the rest can be put towards my own place (~$1 million, max), a practical car, my parents (… because I’ll never hear the end of it if I don’t give something to my parents… And then, just to be fair, my sisters – so let’s say $10 million each, if I’m feeling generous). So that’s up to about like… $41,145,000… And since the jackpot’s going to be around $120 million, that’s a lot left over to play around with. I could try the stock market, buy up a lot of real estate, donate to worthy causes, travel around the world (in style), try a few business ventures (and can afford to have them fail). Or buy approximately 11,588,550 domains (well, not counting .nu names) (if I was feeling frivolous). But that’s only if she decided to give me her winnings. Which I doubt she would (but hopefully she’d be generous, like I would be to her, in the event that she wins?) I am an awesome younger sister. I should remind her of that. Oh, and I should remind her of the fact that she loves me very much because there’s only one of me in the whole wide world.

So I hope you all have noticed the new look and colour scheme… I was feeling a bit into the neutral tones (besides the green) since I went and made a somewhat bright and cheery theme for Chelle-Chelle.com for the month of March. I couldn’t resist the fishes. But then I stumbled across the lovely photo that’s gracing your computer monitor right now and I couldn’t resist it either. Since CC.com got the more somber theme last time, I figured it was time for IS.com to get something that was a little on the neutral side (in terms of colour). Changed up the coding a little bit (I’m gesturing to the dotted line right now) and the placement of the comments link. Apparently I’m a fan of the left-alignment? Who would have thought!

I’ve driven my sister absolutely insane for the last 6 hours by listening to the Lily Allen album (It’s Not Me, It’s You) on repeat. I’m a great sister. But hey, at least now I can make a half-decent attempt at singing in a British accent. Plus, you know, it’s nice to be able to hear what people are singing when they’re singing (rather than listening to pop-opera, I kid you not, because my sister thinks that they’re brilliant – even if she can’t know what the words are unless she’s attempting to follow along with the lyrics on the computer screen in front of her).

Questions:
1. If you won exactly $100 million dollars (or whatever currency you’re used to) what would you do with it?
2. What album (or just a few songs) have you been listening to repeat on lately?
3. What kind of mp3 player would you suggest for someone who wants something small (less than 10gb) that has a screen, no internal moving parts (i.e. nothing with a hard drive inside) and something that can be used for running (and won’t be annoying)? Oh, plus it should be either black, silver or red. And a non-Apple product.

10 Responses to “When I grow up, I want to win the lottery”

  1. Georgina says:

    Oooh, pretty! I love the new layout 😀 The green’s a bit funny, but it works! I took a similar looking photo, but it wasn’t so cool. 😛

    1. If you won exactly $100 million dollars (or whatever currency you’re used to) what would you do with it?
    Haha.. buy a new house, pay off stuff, give some to parents, donate some, buy myself awesome things.. and give some to James’s family.. they need it :(

    2. What album (or just a few songs) have you been listening to repeat on lately?
    Ahmm.. ‘Retina and the Sky’ by Idiot Pilot, and some Smashing Pumpkins and Anberlin songs.

    3. What kind of mp3 player would you suggest for someone who wants something small (less than 10gb) that has a screen, no internal moving parts (i.e. nothing with a hard drive inside) and something that can be used for running (and won’t be annoying)?
    I don’t know.. cos I pretty much want the same thing except bigger and iPods suck. 😛

  2. Kimm says:

    1. I’d head back to school, purchase a place and the rest will go into the bank

    2. Been listening to a lot of marilyn manson again :)

    3. Not sure I was given a “pink” ipod when the lil one was born and I use it all the time, before I didn’t think I would.

  3. Krystal says:

    I do the same thing with alot of albums. I played the Foo Fighters album In Your Honor on repeat for an entire year I think… or close to it, haha..

    1. If you won exactly $100 million dollars (or whatever currency you’re used to) what would you do with it? I would put alot of it towards school and buying my own house, give some to my family, donate some and bank the rest.

    2. What album (or just a few songs) have you been listening to repeat on lately? Echo and the Bunnymen, Pearl Jam…

    3. What kind of mp3 player would you suggest for someone who wants something small (less than 10gb) that has a screen, no internal moving parts (i.e. nothing with a hard drive inside) and something that can be used for running (and won’t be annoying)? Oh, plus it should be either black, silver or red. And a non-Apple product: I would suggest mine! 2gb Zen stone, heres a photo: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41SQQKct3nL._SL500_AA280_.jpg It also has a built in speaker. 😛

  4. Kristi says:

    Oh wow…that image is very pretty. I dig it :) I couldn’t begin to FATHOM that much money.. I mean, good Lord. I would assume she’d give you some though I mean.. you ARE her sister.

    Questions:
    1. If you won exactly $100 million dollars (or whatever currency you’re used to) what would you do with it?
    – I would be a NICE (ex) wife and pay off the house for Matthew and give him and his family (because they have debts too) $1 million to be dispersed among both his dad and mom’s side as he chooses.
    – I would next give my mom, sister, aunt tammy, uncle R, and gm $5 million each.
    – The Watson family would get $10 million to be dispersed amongst them.
    –$36 million gone so far.
    – I would then pay off all of my student loans/credit card debts so let’s say that’s a total of $7,000.
    – I would buy a brand spanking new car; a practical one with good gas mileage.. let’s estimate that to be roughly $40,000 – I want the works!
    – I would donate $1 million to local/state charities or something.
    – I would buy a brand new gaming laptop and lots of kickass games! Then I would buy a reallly nice camera.
    – I would then pack up my shit and move to Indiana where I would purchase a home, say for.. $500,000 or so.. I want some land too and horses. Maybe send $1 million.
    – Perhaps invest in some stocks or real estate like you, then I would put like $100,000 in checking account and rest into various savings.

    2. What album (or just a few songs) have you been listening to repeat on lately?
    – So Many People by Neurosonic, Bad Girlfriend by Theory of a Deadman, Something in your Mouth by Nickelback.

    3. What kind of mp3 player would you suggest for someone who wants something small (less than 10gb) that has a screen, no internal moving parts (i.e. nothing with a hard drive inside) and something that can be used for running (and won’t be annoying)? Oh, plus it should be either black, silver or red. And a non-Apple product.
    – I just use a.. can’t think of the name now.. but it’s really old like.. 3 years old. Not sure.

  5. Caity says:

    Both layouts are really cute! Great job! I think that lottos are pretty ridiculous but that wouldn’t stop me from accepting any money… even if it was $5!

    1. If I had $100,000,000, I would do a couple things. First, I’d pay off my parent’s debt entirely. Secondly, I would save the rest and live the rest of my life comfortably. I’d be able to buy a house that I wanted, I’d be able to be more generous with people and present-giving, I’d be able to pay for my children’s educations easily, and I would be able to put more money into my own education.

    2. I’ve been listening to Boards of Canada lately. Super awesome group that does really relaxing chill intstrumental music. You should check it out.

    3. I am really not sure, to be honest. I was given an iPod as a present and I don’t really use it. Josh has a really cheap mp3 player that I got him to use while he’s working but I don’t know if I’d recommend it highly or anything.

  6. Nichola says:

    1. If you won exactly $100 million dollars (or whatever currency you’re used to) what would you do with it?
    I would buy my parents a home in our old town of Buxton, which they miss very much, and then a villa in Itally since they always go there. Then i would pay off all my student depts, buy my own island and give some to a cancer charity 😀
    2. What album (or just a few songs) have you been listening to repeat on lately?
    Kelly Clarkson- 30 times now, i no all the words-is quite sad isnt it lol

    3. What kind of mp3 player would you suggest for someone who wants something small (less than 10gb) that has a screen, no internal moving parts (i.e. nothing with a hard drive inside) and something that can be used for running (and won’t be annoying)? Oh, plus it should be either black, silver or red. And a non-Apple product.
    Erm no idea sorry hun, i love apple ipod :)

    Loving the new layout! xxx

  7. Jenna says:

    1) I’d pay off all my student loan debts. By a house for my mom and I. By a hybrid car for my mom on the condition she would teach me to drive it. Take drivers lessons. Get furniture, and appliances for the new house. Pay for school. Invest, and save a lot. I’d also buy some crap though. Presents for people and myself. I’d get you a Blythe! I’d get me some figurines, art stuff, and other geeky crap lol.

    2) I’d been listening a lot to MashSabin by Hyadin which is a FF instrumental he made into an unrelated song. And Vocaloid Len and Ren’s Juvenile as well as some Turkish music, and the Touch soundtrack…God, I sound geeky.

    3) I have an old mp3 that holds like 20 ish songs (if the size is small like mine are 100 ish) with display that I don’t use. Not sure if it had hard drive but I doubt. It’s really small but good for jogging you could probably shove it in a pocket, or. I can probably give it to you except it needs an AAA battery, and the plastic tab thingy fell into the tracks of the skytrain (oops ^^;).

    Other than that I don’t know. I’m not sure if RCA Lyra has a hard drive. It think it does. It’s been a good player for someone clumsy like me. It’s not that large either, and it has good battery life, and a nice display.

    I honestly don’t know though sorry.

  8. Lauren says:

    Ooh, I really like this new layout! 😀 The header made me think of “Series of Unfortunate Events”!

    And, aah, the lottery. I’m sure may a person has spent whiling away the time thinking about what they would do with their millions. ^_^

    1. I would safely invest money, put away enough to completely pay for college, as well as useless, but interesting classes I’d want to take, give to my parents and sister, help worthy causes, buy an apartment, put money away for when I’d actually want a car, and save the rest, as my life goes on. 😀 Oh! And travel a lot! Definitely Europe. *nod*
    2. I’ve been listening to a lot of classical lately. I don’t have any albums, but I’ve been listening to my classical music channel on Pandora.com a lot. ^_^
    3. Well, I’d suggest an iPod, but that obviously doesn’t meet the criteria, so…yeah. XD

  9. Georgina says:

    Hahha, you’re right. I feel slightly proud of being able to catch a train by myself. Last year I had absolutely no confidence with that. 😛

    OMG do you get told that too.. I thought it was just some weird thing that lots of guys do engineering and girls would do it to meet guys. ;P But there was an article in the newspaper about women in ‘blokey’ jobs.. so it seemed cool. xD

  10. Kecia says:

    I’d like to think my brother and sister would share as well!

    1. If you won exactly $100 million dollars (or whatever currency you’re used to) what would you do with it?
    –I’d pay off bills, build our dream home (prob. worth $1 million), get us a few cars (I only want maybe 2, James will want 5+!), give some to family, donate lots to various charities, let James play the stock market, invest some, put lots in savings for our future kids, and blow some of it.

    2. What album (or just a few songs) have you been listening to repeat on lately?

    –Cowgirls Don’t Cry – Brooks & Dunn
    –Love Story – Taylor Swift
    –Gives You Hell – All American Rejects
    –Heartless – Kanye West
    –Love Lockdown – Kanye West

    3. What kind of mp3 player would you suggest for someone who wants something small (less than 10gb) that has a screen, no internal moving parts (i.e. nothing with a hard drive inside) and something that can be used for running (and won’t be annoying)?
    –I have a 4gb Microsoft Zune, and I love it. I believe they have black and red.

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