1956. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt

Tonight’s lottery is worth fifty million. Fifty million! Imagine that! The things I could do with fifty million!

The first thing I would do would be to make a substantial donation to the local Food Bank. This group of volunteers work so hard trying to scrape together food to give to those in the town who are hungry and poor. Nothing could be worse than having to do without food, so I would love to be able to provide a little security to the Food Bank people. They know who deserve to be helped and those who are simply selfish scavengers.

The second thing I would do would be to buy a house for the local Fijian family who live down the road. He works on the wharves, but there is nothing left over at the end of the week – what with five children and all. They are the loveliest family and I know the parents make huge sacrifices for their children. How wonderful it would be to be able to knock on their door and say “Go pick a house and I’m paying!”

I think I would keep about five of the fifty million just as security for myself. But there are so many people with needs. I wouldn’t give too publically; just quietly help out as the needs arise.

You what? What’s that you say? I won? I won the fifty million? Oh my goodness! I just won the fifty million! I just won fifty million!

I wish all those bloodsucking scavengers would go away. There’s a Fijian family just down the road and they came along and asked if I could give a hand. Of course I wouldn’t give to them. If they worked a bit harder and had fewer kids they’d be able to afford things.

Then the Food Bank asked for a handout. A hand out to feed those lazy vagabonds who think life is a free ride on a bed of roses. Why on earth would I want to help them out?

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt in winning the fifty million it’s this: it doesn’t take long for the vultures to come out of the woodwork. People think money grows on trees or something. I told them, yes I got fifty million. I worked hard all my life and most of that money I’ve put away for a rainy day. I’m not a charitable organization.

23 thoughts on “1956. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt

  1. noelleg44

    I think you have schizophrenia. Honestly, I’ve often thought about what I’d do if I won a huge chunk of change. I would start a foundation and let the people I choose to run it decide where the money goes! After taking some for myself, of course!

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    1. Bruce Post author

      I really don’t know what I’d do with a lot of money, In fact I really don’t know what I’d do if there was any money left over at the end of a week at all!!

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  2. dr universe

    I assume you will now donate to food for yourself and a new house for yourself!
    After all, you did go to all the tedious work of winning the lottery!

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  3. Herb

    I have read a few different articles that say if a person comes into a large amount of money rather quickly that their habits and attitudes about money don’t change. I doubt I’ll ever win the lottery. If you don’t play you can’t win.

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  4. disorderlyjottings

    Fred: So you’re telling me if you had two houses you’d give one away?”
    Ernest: Yes
    Fred: And if you had two cars you’d give one to someone who needs one?
    Ernest: I certainly would
    Fred: You haven’t got a cigarette I could have have you?
    Ernest: Sorry mate, I’m down to the last two.
    Hypotheticals eh!?

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