I guess the chink in that particular plan is that I would actually have to go out and purchase a ticket. The universe will have to find another way to send me money because going out to buy a ticket, especially if it involves standing in a line, is not at all likely to happen.
I vaguely remember a TV show from when I was a kid about a man who randomly handed out checks for a million dollars to complete strangers. Then the show went on to show what happened to the recipients. As I recall, it was not always a happy ending.
This article lists seven stages of dealing with sudden wealth. I will take the author's word for it.
- Disbelief (makes sense)
- Generosity (mmm, maybe for some)
- Puzzlement (at lack of appreciation or sudden greedy streak in response to one's generosity)
- Defensiveness, fear, and isolation (response to the puzzlement)
- Questioning and seeking (I like the part about wealth not changing who you really are--if you were a pill when you were poor, you will continue to be a pill as a rich person)
- Acceptance and gratitude
- A sense of purpose
I suspect that not everyone goes through all the steps or that they necessarily follow in order just as the stages of grief tumble over each other. But I did like this from a sense of purpose:
People who don’t go through this final step often end up back at work right away because they don’t know what else to do with themselves. They say they miss the ‘game’, and maybe they do. But they may also be missing an important opportunity to live life with great intention, instead of reverting back to familiar patterns. It takes time to reflect and figure out exactly what you want to do. Take the time needed to make an honest personal assessment.
I am wondering what purpose I would discover for myself. Maybe, just maybe, I should live the rest of my life as if I have won the lottery...live it with a sense of purpose.