We’ve all shared the same dream in life, one fantasy where we’re given a fat stack of cash for doing absolutely sweet stuff-all. Barring a highly improbably situation where it turns out that you’re next in line to inherit billions from a rich relative that you never knew about, getting a ton of money with little to no effort is something that will never happen for us. Ever. Damn you Adam Sandler’s Mr Deeds.
Still, there is one way to win cash, even if the odds are never in your favour: The national lottery. South Africa’s lottery and Powerball games are especially great, when compared to their international counterparts. Minimum tax on winnings (I think, the reading is murky on this one), you get pretty much all the cash in one massive sum if you so choose to and rollovers happen frequently.
Some people might call it an idiot tax, but I don’t care. I regularly play the Powerball, and I have a ton of fun imagining what I’d do with that money if I got my hands on it. For real, nothing would give me greater pleasure than to wake up with tens of millions in my bank account and tell my parents to stop working. I don’t think I’d go mental with the cash either, investing the majority of it and living off the interest, while taking a million or two to spend on stuff that I really want. Like a house to store all my Batman figures in.
More importantly though, I’d ensure that I use the cash in a way that allows me to have a purpose in life. A reason to get out of bed and keep moving forward. What about you? What would you do if you woke up tomorrow morning with tens of millions deposited into your account? Buy an actual bridge and burn it down in front of your boss?
Go see the world, invest in the future or finally buy your dream car? Would you even, on a more horrifying note, give some cash to charity? Brrrrrr I don’t even want to think about that. Sound off below. Tell us what you’d do with a fortune, what you’d buy or who’d you prank with the power of too much money. Maybe also tell me your lucky numbers. For uh…research.
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Last Updated: October 26, 2018
October 26, 2018 at 11:01
Pump up my parents pension.
Do a thing for rest of family
Do everything i currently do, but 50% more expensively.
Use rest to survive. Invest, whatever it is grown ups do etc.
Jonathan van de Wouw
October 26, 2018 at 10:47
Have had this discussion a lot and you know what? I would invest in such a way that I could merely replace my current income without the need to work full time, pay off the remainder of our bond and buy a modest holiday home. Then I’d just spend each day enjoying life being fully and completely financially independent without any excess or exorbitance, in fact I would probably give a huge chunk away to those far more in need, homes for abandoned children and orphans, homeless support, economic and social upliftment efforts, animal welfare organisations etc.