I’m taking a break from all my Hong Kong posts and figured I’ll venture into the personal category for the day. Now, if I were to win the lottery today, then just how much would I be able to take home? PHP 52,000,000. That’s how much I’ll be able to take home. Now, what would a 20 years old girl like me do with that much money, you ask? Funnily enough, I kept thinking of scenarios like this up – even if I don’t actually place bets for the lottery! Haha! This is what I daydream about. I thought it’ll be fun to share so here it goes.
The first thing I’ll do is buy a new car for my grandfather (2M). My Dad used to drive me to and from school even up to college. It was very rare in college but when I was in elementary and high school, it’s almost once a week even if I have a service in high school and my elementary school is like ten minutes away. I think it was his way of spoiling his first granddaughter so this would be me giving back.
Next thing would be to start a college fund for my brothers (3M). I would also set up a college fund for my little cousins (3M). Education is really important, no matter what those articles in the internet that says “Steve Jobs didn’t graduate college so you don’t need to, as well!” Load of bull.
For the future, I would be setting aside money for my parents (10M), my own savings (7M), my brothers (4M) and other relatives (2M). This would all be on each other’s names so they’ll have total control but my brothers can’t touch their money until they’re 21. Mine would be invested so it can grow while it’s not being used. Whatever my parents want to do with theirs is their choice. The ones for my relatives is to make sure there’s an emergency fund for anything and to just generally help them out with life.
I would also be starting a business with 5M. I’m not sure yet what it would be exactly, but my parents are seeing promises in the transportation side. Maybe own some jeepneys. Buy a few cars for UBER and GrabCar. Or maybe venture into food. Then Papa can come home and just help us manage this business and rest.
For something more permanent, I would be buying a house for our family (7M) and a condo unit for me (2M). I like the idea that no matter what happens, there would always be a home waiting for me and my family. That there would always be somewhere to go. I want it to be big and in a peaceful enough environment for my brothers and I to grow up in and for my parents to rest at.
I would then jumpstart my ultimate life goal and travel the world (3M). I would be bringing some friends to Asian countries. My family would be visiting some America states with me and I’ll be backpacking Europe. #YESPLEASE
Lastly, I would be doing some donations. I would be giving back to my elementary, high school and church (1M). You don’t need money anymore MAPUA, so I’m skipping you. I still love you, though! I would also be donating to World Vision (3M). If you guys don’t know, World Vision sends underprivileged kids to school. We sponsored a child or two during our high school and it has been a really nice feeling when he send back a letter and told us about what he’s been up to and his education.
That’s it! That’s PHP 52,000,000! It’s roughly $1,200,000, by the way. Not really a huge amount of money if you think about it. Now, if I won America’s Powerball lottery (which was $1.6 BILLION), then I could donate more than half of the money, do whatever I want, provide for my entire extended family, donate to cancer research and have more than I could ever find a use for.. That’s probably not that interesting to write or imagine about, but would be really sweet if it happened in real life. Haha!