Thursday, March 29, 2012

Bunny Money

Georgia is number one! According to the magazine "Bloomberg Businessweek",  Georgia tops the list as the state with the biggest amount of losers in the states that have lotteries.  They have determined this by figuring the total annual ticket sales minus total annual prize payout divided by the total annual personal income of the state's residents.   Massachusetts is close to us in number but Georgia is number one! Oh wait, that's not good is it?...
  With the MEGA MILLIONS jackpot at $540 million for tomorrow night (THE BIGGEST IN HISTORY!!!) it makes me wonder how many more tickets will be sold.  I heard on a newscast tonight that the odds of winning this lottery is 175 million to 1, and they compared that to the odds of becoming a saint which is only 20 million to 1.  So you see, they are telling us....we still have a chance!
(Quick, what movie is that from?  You don't win anything, you will just have my undying respect, whoever answers first!)

Now, here is my question to you...what would would you do if you won $54 million dollars? Hey, it never hurts to dream about it, does it? Tell me, I 'm nosy that way!  If any of you do, I have written about AWARE which is a wonderful organization that rehabilitates wildlife and returns them to the wild...that could be something that you could do with your money. www.awareone.org

Also, have you heard of theWild Rose Rescue Ranch in Texas? There are some adorable photos of a dove that cuddles up to the animals there and mothers them like a mother hen, here is the link   www.wildroserescueranch.com/noahandthebunnies   Once again, money would be helpful to them!
Look forward to hearing about your lottery jackpot dreams.  Please tell me what you think of the Wild Rose Rescue Ranch and the photos of this bird with the protective wing over the wild creatures...

28 comments:

  1. A dove that mothers bunnies? Wow.

    Yes, if i won that much, 10% off the top goes to charities, and some would be animal charities.

    The rest goes to investments. As you earn interest, you give yourself a certain amount to live on, some to reinvest, and some to continue to give to charities.

    And Disney World. You take a nice, long trip to see Mickey.

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    1. You sound very wise...and fun too. I am so with you on Disney World!

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  2. First of all, I'd pay off the mortgage on my flat but would keep living in it until I'd have found THE perfect piece of real estate for myself, not too big, not too small. A comfortable chunk of money would go each to my parents and my sister, as well as to those of my friends of whom I know they are not exactly well off. Or maybe even before starting on all that, I'd ring my boss and tell him of my win, and hand in my notice; not because I don't like working for him, but because it won't be necessary anymore for the paying of my bills.
    There are plenty of worthwile causes here, and I have been a member of an animal charity, so these would benefit from my win as well as a number of others (for people and for animals) after carefully examining what the money would be used for.
    And then, I suppose, I'd put myself together a nice travelling wardrobe and start on seeing some of the beautiful places on this planet!

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    1. I wish that you would win a lot of money. You would be so sensible with it! (And generous too!)
      What would be the first places on the planet that you would want to see?

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    2. Oh dear, that's a tough one! I can't decide between Maccu Piccu and Angkor Vat...

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    3. Very interesting places. Richard said he would like to visit the Rhine and the Mozelle rivers. He has gone as far as Trier and really liked it.
      For myself, I would like to go anywhere!

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  3. The number one thing I'd do is pay off the mortgage on our home. Then take a nice vacation. Once we're back and well rested, a few people in our lives would stand to gain a good chunk of money to make their lives easier. I'd take part of that money, invest it in what I'd call my 'charity fund' and donate the continuous incoming interest to select charities annually. We'd hire whoever was necessary to complete all the work on our home and finally get all that done. Then travel some more. Again and again.

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    1. Dear Martha,
      Oh, I can see you doing all that and I'll bet you would spend a lot more time in your garden!

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  4. Testing... this is my third attempt at leaving a comment - I keep getting an error...

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  5. It happened again... testing again...

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  6. After taking care of my family and putting away money in a trust for the girls, I'd buy a farm (preferably with a creek and some woods). Then my girls could enjoy a little more freedom and a lot more nature....much like I grew up. I'd also have or adopt another baby. And I'd definitely give money to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. I'd also travel as much as humanly possible....with my first trip being to Iceland. Can you tell that I'm a dreamer?

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    1. I like your dreams! That elephant sanctuary sounds nice...I just went and read about it, pretty amazing, it is strictly for the elephants, not for entertainment at all.
      Iceland, eh? Have you ever seen the movie "The Very Thought of You?..It is only mentioned briefly in the movie, but I always think of that movie when I hear Iceland!

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  7. If I won a huge jackpot, the first thing I'd do would be to give my family (parents, siblings) & a few close friends
    each a handsome sum and take us all on a few trips. Then I'd sell our current home and purchase a home (cabin)
    in the woods with huge windows, right beside a lake in Ontario. There I'd focus my energies towards photography,
    writing, painting, pottery/ceramics and canoeing!!

    Contrary to what most people do when they win big, I wouldn't invest any of my winnings, but would instead put
    them in the bank & enjoy the little bit of interest they'd generate. In my mind, the joy of winning big would be the
    fact that I would never have to worry or even think about money ever again. I would just be happy to know that
    I had more than enough to live a very comfortable, stress-free life. I'd generously support a few charities though,
    which would be a great pleasure in itself.

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    1. Dear Jane,
      That sounds so good...I hope you do WIN a big tidy sum of money!

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  8. fyi: The quote you are referring to Kay is from one of my favourite movies 'Dumb and Dumber' with Jim Carrey :)

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    1. Jane,
      You are correct! You have my undying respect.

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    1. Oh, and would you buy me one too? Thanks!

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  10. I don't really know what i would do with that $...fun to think about though. Today i realized I have everything I need.
    thank you so much for your thoughts today. I appreciate you being my blogging friend.

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    1. You better believe it...life is the most precious gift we have...when you wake up every day, you have won the lottery.

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  11. first, to messymimi, if you won 540 million dollars, you wouldn't have to worry about investing it. with one million dollars and a five percent return, you'd have 50,000 a year just in interest. may i encourage you to up your contributions to 25% ? :^)

    what would i do? i would save every dog I could. I would help every shelter i could. i would publish my own books and pay someone to market them for me. i would take my family on a trip around the world, and then a cruise after that. i would invest wisely to assure i and my child and grandchildren would live comfortably forever.

    i would go on a shopping spree. i would buy a place on the beach.

    i would be generous and grateful

    love
    kj

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    1. I hope that you WILL win one day since I like the sound of "generous and grateful"!

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  12. I don't want to win it because I'd be so stressed trying to figure out how best to use it. That said, I sure wouldn't mind being able to fund my son's grad school tuition.

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    1. Dear Kay,
      You already have won the lottery...you live in Hawaii, have great family and friends, and are healthy and beautiful! And you have a great blogging buddy in Georgia, another beautiful Kay!

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  13. That is such a good question and I think most of has have no idea how to even think about a sum like that!

    So, if we'd win (although I realize I have to play to win, which I do very, very rarely), we'd stick the ticket into a safety deposit box since you have three months to claim it. Then we'd contact a couple of people we know to figure out how to a) accept the prize anonymously, b) give some of it away anonymously c) form a charitable foundation for most of it so that the remainder will be just enough to live comfortably without being overwhelmed by it. Much money can be an enormous stress-factor!

    Daniel and I live a very happy life and there isn't much we'd change, except being able to be more generous with our family and friends. There is only so much stuff you can have and enjoy, you know? We'd travel more, that's for sure!

    Love, Silke

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    1. I love that all of the comments here are from very sensible,caring people such as yourself.
      Do you know these lines from "Fiddler On The Roof"?
      GOD WHO MADE THE LION AND THE LAMB,
      YOU DECREED I SHOULD BE WHAT I AM.
      BUT WOULD IT SPOIL SOME VAST ETERNAL PLAN,
      IF I WERE A WEALTHY MAN?"
      Not only is that a good song, but it's funny too!

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  14. Dumb and Dumber! (I didn't look at any other comments!) I can't count how many times I watched that with my kids. :<)
    I wouldn't even buy tickets. I would be afraid to win. Nothin' but problems. Remember Hugo on LOST?!

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  15. Dear Nan,
    Oh, I am glad that you know that movie too! I thought it was so funny, but then, any movie that you watch with children, say about 13 or so...that is my kind of movie! :-)
    I watched Lost until they started torturing people and then... it LOST me! HA!

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