Many people including myself dream of winning the lottery some day. However for ninety nine percent of us that’s all winning the lottery will ever be, just a dream. According to a Wikipedia article on lottery mathematics the chances of actually winning a large lottery prize is 1 in 14 million.Still its nice to fantasize about what I would do with a lottery jackpot and the ways that it would change and improve my life and the lives of those I love.They say money doesn’t buy happiness, but in my case it would sure make my life much easier. If I woke up a millionaire tomorrow here are five things that I would do with my winnings.
Build My Dream Home And Make It Safe
As a mom of four children providing for my children and insuring that they have a place to live is one my top concerns. Currently we rent our home and struggle to pay the rent each month. In addition, because we rent we can’t make any major modifications to our home. My eldest child is autistic and non verbal. Frequently he escapes our home to keep him safe there are several security measures we need to take but can’t due to our renter status. If I were to win the lottery I would be able to build my dream home and include all the safety features my son needs. I would have the entire house, doors and windows wired from the inside so that if he tried to escape an alarm would sound. In addition, I would have keypads installed on all exterior and interior doors that require a code to open them. I would also install a video monitoring system with cameras in every room and several monitors installed through out the house so I could see what he is doing from wherever I’m at.
These safety measures would allow me to sleep at night and go through my daily activities without constantly being afraid that my son will get out of our house and get hurt.
Provide The Best Therapy and Equipment That Money Can Buy for My Son
Autism Programs are expensive and due to my finances I have not been able to provide therapies that might be effective for my autistic son. If I won the lottery I would put a portion towards therapies and equipment for my son.
He has many sensory issues so I would like a whole room devoted just to sensory integration equipment. I would have a huge ball pit, platform swings, mats for crashing, body socks and lots of large balls. Outdoors I would have a swimming pool, enclosed trampoline, large climbing structure with a hideout, tunnels and slides. As for therapies I would love to try hippo-therapy, music therapy, hyperbaric oxygen treatment , Auditory Integration therapy and even swimming with the dolphins.All of these therapies have had a positive influence on the development of some autistic individuals and I would like to see if any of them would improve my sons Autism.
Help Those Who Have Helped Me
Since my son was diagnosed with Autism in 1998 there have been several individuals and organizations who have touched our lives in some way. If I won the lottery I would love to reward those who helped us get through our sons Autism diagnosis and enriched our lives with a large donation to their organizations.TACA www.talkaboutcuringautism.org is a non profit organization that help my husband and I immensely when our son was first diagnosed with Autism. TACA helped us learn what to expect from our son with Autism, what types of therapies he needed, and how to navigate the educational system. They were truly a lifesaver for us and if I won the lottery I would love to send them a large cash donation. I would contribute to Surfers Healing www.surfershealing.org a non profit organization that provides a free surf camp experience to children with Autism and enables parent to see their children do something that every kid would love to do, ride on a surfboard with a pro surfer. I would also donate to Kris Camp www.kriscamp.org a non profit organization that provides a one week therapy and respite camp to autistic children and their families. Our family has spent many summers with this wonderful organization and they have truly had a positive effect on our lives.
Start My Own Foundation
One of the things I have always wanted to do since my son was diagnosed with Autism is start my own Autism foundation named after my son called From Jamie With Love. The focus of my Autism foundation would be to help parents like myself with equipment, therapies, medications and other incidentals they might need to enhance the life of their child with autism but can not afford. Winning the lottery would enable me to realize my dream of starting my own Autism foundation and also help me to positively affect the lives of thousands of children with Autism and their families.
Plan For The Future
My son is going to need care long after my husband and I are gone. How to provide the level of quality care for our son = has always been a big concern of ours. If I were to win the lottery I could afford to pay for my son to live in his own home with round the clock care instead of stuck in group home where he might not get the best care. With my lottery winnings I would set up a special needs trust that would provide for anything that my son might need after my passing.
When I was a preschool teacher I had a child in my classroom whose grandparents had won over 20 million dollars in the California State Lottery and even though their lottery winnings allowed them to make some changes in their lives they never allowed it to change who they were as individuals. I like to think that if I were fortunate enough to win the lottery I would be like them and not let money change me. But with odd of winning 14 million to 1, I don’t think I will have to worry about that aspect of winning the lottery any time soon.