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Where Would You Go If You Won the Lottery?

food-travelI’m not a gambler, but I played the Lottery for the big jackpot. I knew my odds of winning the $1.5 billion dollars was miniscule, but I couldn’t resist throwing down $2 to try.  I’m not naive, I didn’t expect to win.

I’ve chuckled at bumper stickers which read, “The Lottery – Gambling for people who are bad at math.”   Truer words were never written.  Statistics, not in my favor, showed that I had a one in 292.2 million chance at winning.  In fact, I was more likely to get struck by lightning; the odds being one in 164,968.  The good news is that I had the Powerball number correct, enabling me to recoup my $2.  With my newfound luck, perhaps I’d better start ducking storm clouds.

Playing the largest U.S. jackpot in history caused me to dream of wonderful places in the world I’d explore, had I won.  Bora Bora, the dreamy South Pacific Island northwest of Tahiti, would have been my first destination. After all, who can resist brilliant sunshine, exotic palm trees, and stunning turquoise lagoons?  Yes, fantasizing is fun. Here are a few other places I would go.

Budapest, Hungary, the birthplace of my great grandmother, heads the list.  Of appeal is the Castle Hill (Várhegy), a district on the West Side of the Danube which dates to the thirteenth century.  Medieval walls and narrow streets remind us that the “defensive neighborhood” was created in response to an attack.  There are three main parts of the Castle district; Buda Castle Palace, St. George’s Square, and the historical residences.  The Budapest History Museum, located in the southern wing of the Buda Castle, shares the history of Budapest.  Visitors may explore the restored part of the primitive castle, including the Royal Chapel and the rib-vaulted Gothic Hall.

The Australian Outback offers a bit of wild adventure.  Traveling there affords opportunities to see large varieties of native plants and birds, natural features, and interesting animals such as red kangaroos, dingoes, and brumbies (feral horses).  The term “Outback” refers to the remote and dry region of Australia, which makes up a majority of the continent.  While most of Australia’s population lives on the coastline, the Outback is sparsely populated.  The best way to explore the region is via guided tour.  Luxury motor coaches can transport visitors from important sites to resort or rustic accommodations.  Professional tour companies offer a variety of entertaining ways to see the vast land, from seaplane rides to jet-boat adventures.  High on my bucket list is a trip to Mitchell Falls.  This stunning natural attraction is found in The Kimberley, one of nine regions of Western Australia.  A guided tour on foot can deliver visitors to the thunderous four-tiered falls.  Top the adventure with a scenic helicopter ride, to gain unique aerial impressions of the falls and plateau.

Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland, has tremendous appeal.  The city, located on Lake Zurich, boasts an excellent public transit system and free bike rentals.  On my wish list is a simple visit to Fraumünster, an Old Town church with a slender blue spire. The historic site was founded in 853 by Emperor Ludwig (Louis the German), grandson of Charlemagne.  The present-day church dates from about 1250.  The crypt of the old abbey church is preserved below.  Fraumünster served as a place of worship for many denominations, including Russian Orthodox, Catholics and Protestants.  The church underwent extensive renovations in the 20th century.  The addition of stained glass windows, masterfully created by Marc Chagall, brings magnificence to the structure.

I’d go to Gibraltar, surrounded by the glorious Mediterranean Sea.  This British Overseas Territory is located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula.  The Rock of Gibraltar, one of the Pillars of Hercules, is the Crown property of the United Kingdom.  The upper area is covered by natural reserves and is home to 300 Barbary macaques (wild monkeys).  The tunnels of Gibraltar are an intriguing must-see destination.  The early ones served as communication passages between artillery positions and housed guns with embrasures cut into the North Face of the Rock.  Larger underground fortresses, and eventually Second World War II tunnels, were later created.  Today, some tunnels are open to the public.  Many remain in disrepair. The Upper Galleries, excavated during the Great Siege, have become a popular tourist site.  No trip to the territory would be complete without a ride on the Gibraltar Cable Car. Built in 1966, and renovated in 1986, the aerial tramway travels up the Rock of Gibraltar to the Ape’s Den at midway.  Audio tour guides share historical information as you continue upward.  From atop the rock, enjoy the panoramic lookout.  Gain breathtaking views across the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco, from the Bay of Gibraltar towards the Spanish port city of Algeciras, and up the east coast towards Marbella, Spain.

Trekking across oceans to foreign lands has great appeal, but I’m confident there is no place grander to roam than within the United States. Abundant are America’s dramatic natural and geological resources, evident in places like the Grand Canyon, Death Valley, and Niagara Falls.  Significant are our rugged mountains, deep valleys, vast oceans, and desert landscapes.  Unique are our lazy winding rivers, still lakes, majestic Redwoods, prairie grasses, and wildflowers which dance in the breeze.  From the long sandy beaches of the Atlantic to the majestic Glaciers of the Pacific; don’t overlook travel in the very best place of all, right here at home.

Please tell us where you’d go if you had won the Lottery! 

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Mela
6 years ago

Maritime Provinces of Canada

Stephen Lykins
6 years ago

I disagree – I think of the lottery as more of a voluntary tax reducing the mandatory taxes I must pay while providing me with the VERY SLIM chance of winning some back.

Ellen Cora
6 years ago

We wouldn’t move — we’d stay right where we are — in The Villages, Florida — with a vacation condo on Marco Island. The Villages has wonderful 50+ residents and all the activities and charities anyone could possibly want — except an ocean — which is only ninety minutes away (the Gulf or the Atlantic). We would travel more — and especially return to visit Mykonos and Santorini (Greece); Australia’s (South Eastern) Gold Coast; New Zealand and South Africa. We’d like to see more of the U.S. than we have previously — America and Canada have such untold wonders. Most importantly we’d pay for college for all our nieces and nephews — and create a foundation to help shape U.S. education in a more centrist/conservative way: assuring our youngsters are taught world geography, civics, political science and Judeo-Christian values/ethics. Would also donate money to help our wounded veterans and their families — something our government is failing to do adequately.

San
6 years ago

I would visit my wonderful USA first, use our money here, I love what we have, maybe then at a later time, venture out to see many other culture’s wonders! Travel is a wonderful gift, if one is able to do so.

Bill
6 years ago

Two places: Alaska and The U.K.

Fran
6 years ago

I, too, have been to New Zealand, Marilyn and spent three weeks on the North Island. I was the guest of a friend who drove me about for that entire three weeks, visiting her children and siblings. They’re a wonderful, gracious, hospitable group of people. We didn’t go to the South Island because Rose (my friend) is afraid of water. I found that humorous since she lives on this little tiny speck of land surrounded by water, Maybe next time I can get her to fly to the South Island.

BobA
6 years ago

To the bank.

Mer
6 years ago

I would do many things for others (family and charities) first. However, for the sake of this conversation, travel would include Scandinavia. I’ve been to Iceland and Sweden (Stockholm) but I want to see all of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, as well as Greenland and Finland. Wouldn’t mind seeing Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica. Maybe a cruise around the world would do.
As far as relocating, it would have to be a cabin in Alaska … and a second home in Hawaii! I’ve been to both places and watch all of the series on tv about moving there.

Marilyn
6 years ago

My late husband and I visited New Zealand, but time was limited due to an en route layover in Tahiti, so all we got to see was North Island. I would return to New Zealand and this time “do” South Island.

Fran
6 years ago

My original bucket list included a little A-frame just outside Fairbanks about a mile off the road (That, in Alaska, creates the illusion of wilderness!) This little A-frame would have room enough for me, my music, my books, and my Irish Wolfhound Post lottery win (which isn’t likely since I don’t contribute), the A-frame would be large enough to accommodate members of my family (for whom I could pay their transportation costs) on an upper level that I wouldn’t have to care for in their absence. I love Fairbanks — especially in the winter!

Howard Last
6 years ago
Reply to  Fran

Fran, your idea and mine are about the same. But I don’t have to go anywhere as I am already in God’s Country, Wyoming. No way would I go to a city as they are too crowded and in most cases fully of liberal morons (I was tempted to say something else). As for foreign countries, they are full of foreigners, who in many cases hate Americans. As for the south seas, it is too hot, I prefer snow and cold. My idea of fun is hunting, fishing, hiking in the mountains, snow shoeing, etc, all of which I can do in Wyoming. If we could get rid of the RINO politicians it would be really great. Yes Wyoming does have RINO’s.

What I can not understand is why people would buy lottery tickets when the winnings are many, many million instead of when it is a few million and the odds are much, much better. Their life style would not be that much different in either case. Most would pay off the mortgage or buy a new house, buy a new truck (I am in Wyoming), travel, etc. If I did win a big one, say a billion or so, I would run for office as I had plenty of funds and would not have to kiss the a%% of anyone to get publicity. It would be fun to tell the politicians what I thought of them and where they could go.

Fran
6 years ago
Reply to  Howard Last

My only experience in Wyoming, Howard, has been driving across — what was it? I-80? — going from St. Louis to Seattle. I loved the wide open spaces of Montana and Wyoming! As you say, God’s country but that’s the way I feel about Alaska.

Howard Last
6 years ago
Reply to  Fran

Hi Fran, If you drove through Wyoming and Montana, you were on I-90. But either I-80 or I-90 it is a great drive. I-80 is entirely in Wyoming.

Fran
6 years ago
Reply to  Howard Last

I’m not sure, but you can probably tell me. I had planned on taking I-70 (about 3 miles from home) all the way to I-84, only to find that a snow storm had closed I-70 in Colorado. Instead, I went north into Cheyenne (nice town!) and took, as you say, I-80 or I-90, hoping that by going farther north I wouldn’t run into worse weather. There was snow on the roadway in Cheyenne, but nothing I couldn’t handle :) I did manage to get to Seattle though.

Chloe Propp
6 years ago

I would travel the world but the first place I would go is Hawaii. I would take all my children who want to and can and my grandchildren as well.

Boyd
6 years ago

I would take my wife on a Danube cruise, preferably one with a music or art theme. History, cuisine, art – all rolled into one. But only for a rest after meetings with tax and investment advisors, trust lawyers, and perhaps having our identities changed in Probate Court. As I think about it, I think we are happy just the way we are!

maria rose
6 years ago

I played $10 on the power ball for the last three draws because I kept getting more number but no winners, in fact I had all the numbers in final winning ticket but not on same line. I allowed myself to dream of what I could do if I won and this what I decided. One. I would not go public and announce my winnings, I’d find a way to collect without having myself plastered all over the news and internet. Two. I would set up a trust to keep money safe. Three. Now that I have secured the money, I would remove all debt from myself and my children. Fourth. Provide a house for both my children, nothing outrageous just a nice house in a nice neighbor. Fifth. and final. Continue to live my life as usual but without the struggle of making my money make it thru the month.

Mare
6 years ago
Reply to  maria rose

Your ideas are very close to mine and I appreciate it. I would help all five (remaining) children to get out of debt, and pay off my credit card debt, which is horrific mainly because of increased expenses such as in health care costs–yet no COL increase. I would also help those of my grandchildren who are struggling as well, and pay off the three college loans.
I would also give to the local rescue mission, as I know they are honest, and a local church which is in need.
I’m unable to work or volunteer due to serious illnesses; therefore, struggle to survive despite the fact I’ve worked 55 years of my life. Investments are quickly dwindling, but I’m blessed to live in a free country. For now.

Roger N Baker
6 years ago

I would motorcycle to mount Rushmore, then across the northern US to the Northeast stopping at all the National parks and other points of interest, the east coast, then to Canada, seeking out points of interest. When weather starts getting cold,go to Hawaii for January. February I’d be riding in Az, CA.

Jo
6 years ago

I’d love to see Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Sometimes, a fictional character can be very “real” in our imagination. So, it would be fascinating to see where Anne, of Green Gables, “lived”.

Laurie
6 years ago

I’m with you, I know my chances of winning are minuscule. But I don’t think of it as gambling. I think of dreaming about winning the lottery as entertainment. And with the state of “entertainment” these days, I’d rather spend 2 hours dreaming about what I’d do if I won the lottery than spend it at, say, the movies. It’s less offending and less expensive. At the end of each activity all that remains are the memories. Re-dreaming about winning the lottery is far more appealing to me than re-seeing what passes for entertainment in 2015.

Rik
6 years ago

Chance of winning, minuscule? … Try slim and none, and slim died!

I kept hearing “someone’s gonna win and I have just as much chance as everyone” … even though chances of winning was at least 292.2 million to 1. … Funny, I challenged everyone who fantasized winning and buying a ticket or tickets to bet with me … I said I’d give them $10 if they wagered $5 with me against their winning the jackpot, 2 to 1 odds … I got no takers, go figure!

Mare
6 years ago
Reply to  Rik

Approximately 7 years ago I had a AAA repair. I asked the surgeon what the chances are of it busting open/failing–he said I’d have a better chance at winning the lottery.

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