Tuesday 12 January 2016


History will probably be made tomorrow when some lucky bugger will win 1.5 billion dollars in the Powerball Lottery. In the unlikely event it isn’t won tomorrow, and then the prize will go up to 2 Billion dollars for Saturdays draw. No matter what happens, it will be what can only be described as “CRAZY MONEY!!!!”
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There are many people in the world that have a net worth equal to or more than a billion dollars. However, they have all earned that money by being an old time robber baron, drug lord, arms dealer, inherited their fortunes or come up with a social networking idea or changed the way we communicate with each other. All of those methods took years and a lot of hard, nose to the grindstone, work to accumulate the funds. That kind of money also takes constant supervision to keep it healthy and growing.
Tomorrow there will be for the first time in history someone that has neither the drive, intelligence or temperament to have a billion dollars. That person will have made their fortune the hard way, by winning it! We will be able to watch the birth of a dynasty. Hopefully whoever wins will get good advice and be able to stay relatively normal while being lifted to the stratosphere. It just might be magical.

We might also see a normal person crushed under the weight of good fortune. I certainly can’t comprehend a billion or more dollars and I doubt that many people would be able to. I hope that whoever wins has a good group of friends now, because it will be hard to separate the gold diggers from the well wishers. Family and friends will crawl out of the woodwork with pleas for money and only a strong personality will be able to say no. It will also be hard to say no to a parent whose child is sick and just needs to go to a special clinic that will save the kids life. Real or scam? The potential for kidnapping is scary.
I think that whoever wins the money should take a long and lovely holiday in some paradise just to think about how their life will change. Yes, they should pamper themselves; after all they are the world’s newest billionaires. They should also start to think how they can use the money to help people locally and abroad. They will need to have something positive to attach to the money; it can’t be only about them.

I can’t help but think about the 1969 movie with Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr called “The Magic Christian”. It is about having an abundant supply of money and how to use it. I’m not sure that the new billionaire should do the same, but it would be pretty funny.

I do wish the winner all the best and conveniently, he/she will be able to afford the best from now on. Congratulations!

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