Winning the lottery has the ability to change a life for the better and can make your wildest dreams come true. Winning the lottery or coming into a substantial amount of money is something we all dream about because we all could use the extra money to do things we might not be able to do otherwise. Collecting a large amount of money can change people in many different ways and some people it might change for the better. I have often thought about what it would be like to win the lottery or come into a large amount of money and have thought about what I would do with the money. If I had the opportunity to win the lottery or come into a large amount of money, there are many different ways this would change my life.
Donating 20 percent of the money I have won to cancer research would be something I would definitely do. I have had many people in my family get diagnosed with cancer and they all later died because of it. Cancer is something that can affect any family at any time and is one of the main causes of death across the world. I would donate that 20 percent of my winnings to cancer research in hopes that there might be a cure for cancer eventually. The money that I won from the lottery or inheritance would help me give back to the community and provide financial assistance to the cancer research community as a whole. Being able to donate money to such a good cause like cancer is something I have always wanted to do but have never have had the money to give. I have seen people in my family die slow and painful deaths due to cancer spreading through the body and eating away the bones and tissue which has affected me greatly. I would love to be able to donate the money in hopes that other treatments or a cure could be made that will stop the progression of cancer and prevent other people from experiencing what I did with people in my family.
I would also choose to donate 20 percent of my inheritance or lottery winning to the Layne Staley Fund. The Layne Staley Fund is a non-profit organization founded in 2002 after the passing of Layne Staley. Layne Staley was the lead singer of the rock group Alice in Chains, and he had a very public battle with heroin addiction. The Layne Staley fund was set up to help people who are addicted to drugs and provide treatment and care within the Seattle, Washington community. The Layne Staley Fund is a very personal organization to me because I have seen the struggles and demons people go through when dealing with opiate addiction and alcoholism. The Layne Staley Fund also promotes awareness of addiction and warning signs of addiction so that other people do not have to suffer the same fate as Layne Staley did.
Addiction is a very big problem in this country and most of it stems from opiate addiction and prescription pain medication abuse. I personally have witnessed people being destroyed by the decisions they have made as a result of drug addiction and would love to help other people overcome this problem. Donating to the Layne Staley Fund would change me because I would feel like I have the power to help other people get the help they need and get the medications they need to stop using such as Methadone. Being someone who has witnessed destruction due to opiate addiction it would really make me feel like I was doing something good by donating to a cause that focuses on recovery. I have often wondered if more people would seek help or stay clean if they had the financial means to get help or if more places would help people if they had the financial means. Giving a substantial amount of money to the Layne Staley Fund I hope would give them the power to expand their resources and give them the opportunity to help more people.
I would also like to use some of my lottery winnings or inheritance to visit Seattle, Washington. I have always wanted to go to Seattle, Washington but have never had the money to buy a plane ticket. I am a big music enthusiast of the 1990’s rock scene and Seattle, Washington is a big part of that. My favorite band is Alice in Chains and they were from Seattle, Washington and recorded their first music album there. I would just love to see the area where all of that happened and see the various music venues they have to offer. I would also love to see the buildings and the architecture because it looks so cool on the television and in the movies. Going to Seattle, Washington and spending a couple weeks there would really open my eyes to what the world was like back in the 1990’s. I was very young in the 1990’s and did not really get a chance to experience the sounds and atmosphere so it would give me a chance to see what that was all about. This has always been my dream and I have always wanted to go see the amusement parks and other entertainment activities in Seattle, Washington. This would change me because I would be able to experience the sounds and sights of somewhere I hold very special in my heart. I would be so thrilled to be able to experience Seattle, Washington and to be able to see where my favorite band grew up and played music at together.
I would also like to use some of the money from my winnings to have a log cabin built for my boyfriend’s mom Dixie. Dixie is a very nice woman and has done so much good in her life that she never worries about herself or her own needs. She is always worried about other people and willing to give you her last dollar if it would help you out. She is a very caring and selfless person who has worked very hard all of her life and raised three children by herself. Dixie has always wanted a log cabin but has never been able to afford the cost of having one built on her property. She is getting close to retirement age and I would love to see her get her dream home before she is unable to enjoy it or care for it. Being able to build her the house she has always wanted would really be special to me because she has done so much for me over the years. She goes to church all of the time in between working two jobs and always gives money to charity. Just knowing how much she does for other people and how little she thinks of herself really makes me feel like she deserves that log cabin home. I would love to be able to show her thanks for everything she has done for me and show her how much she is appreciated. It would just be so amazing to see the expression on her face as she looked at her new dream house for the very first time. She never asks for a handout or asks for help and relies on herself for so much that I think she would feel embarrassed but very grateful for that log cabin.
If I won the lottery or an inheritance I would also pay my dad back a lot of money I am sure I cost him over the years. I have had many medical problems throughout my life and have been through many surgical procedures which I know were not cheap. When I was little my dad worked two jobs just to pay for my medical bills and he ended up going into bankruptcy because of all of those medical bills. He really put himself in a bad financial situation just to take care of me and make sure I had the best medical care I could get. Although I do not know all of the details, I know there was at least 3 million dollars spent on my medical expenses from birth until I turned 18 years old. The insurance company did end up picking a lot of the bills up but there was still a substantial portion that my dad had to pay each month. Knowing he hardly got any sleep because he was out working to provide me with health insurance just makes me feel like it is the least I could do for him. I would just love to see him open up a bag filled with money and tell him that for everything he has done, he has earned every dollar. He really sacrificed a lot for me when I was little and even gave up his college education to support me as a child. I would love to pay him back the money so he could get his degree and so he could buy him some nice things he was not able to enjoy for so many years. This would just make me feel so good to be able to give him a large amount of money that I won since it would help me show him how much I appreciate him.