Holy cow. Can you believe there hasn’t been a winner in the Powerball lottery AGAIN? The jackpot is expected to soar to 1.3 billion dollars. That’s BILLION with a B, people. Let me repeat it again to let it sink in. $1.3 billion. Last Friday when they said the jackpot would be well over 800 million, Scott and I started talking about just how much money that really is. How it would equate to about a million dollars a week or so. You sure can buy a lot of happiness for yourself and others if you had that kind of money. Buy a new house, maybe on a tropical island. Heck, buy an island! Set aside a trust for the kids to attend the best schools so they can nurture their brain. Donate to public service charities to help others less fortunate and medical foundations who need funding to find cures for horrible diseases. It’s fun to sit back and start dreaming of riches and how to spend it.
The possibilities are endless with that kind of money because it is simply an unimaginable amount of dough. Trying to spend it all would seem impossible. It’s hard to believe though, isn’t it. I grew up reading Richie Rich comic books then watching Silver Spoons. I would dream of having the cool gadgets, fun toys, elaborate houses, helicopters and craziness that these rich kids had. This whole Powerball madness has reminded me of so many TV shows and movies that show off the life of the wealthy, real or fiction. As an example, I thought of Brewster’s Millions, a movie I saw LONG time ago where Richard Pryor’s character needed to spend $30,000,000 in thirty days in order to inherit $300,000,000. The catch was that he couldn’t tell anyone about it, wasn’t allowed to waste it and couldn’t have any assets at the end of the 30 days. It chronicled how difficult it is to spend such a substantial amount of money! I thought it would be fun to watch the movie again with this new Powerball frame of mind.
So what did I do? I turned to Netflix. Apparently they don’t have Brewster’s Millions in their streaming library. It’s only a 30-year old movie. What gives? So I decided to see what other Richie Rich type shows they have available and guess what I found!
Richie Rich! As much as I loved the comic books when I was a kid, I can’t believe I haven’t seen this movie. I’m adding it to my watch list because I need a little inspiration for how to spend my Powerball winnings on Wednesday. I decided to see what else I could get inspiration from and found some interesting stuff!
Welcome to Me is a 2014 movie starring Kristen Wig and Wes Bentley is about a woman with psychiatric problems who wins the lottery. She decided to use her money to create a goofy talk show where she was the star. Not sure that being a talk show host would be my thing, but it would be fun to be in the live studio audience of hit talk shows like Late Night talk shows hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Seth Myers, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel Live or morning/daytime shows such as Ellen, Good Morning America, The Talk, The View, The Chew, The Doctors, Live with Kelly & Michael, or The Rachel Ray Show. Considering Welcome to Me stars Kristen Wig, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Saturday Night Live. A 1.3 billion dollar win would buy plenty of hotel rooms and flights to attend.
What city do you associate with the word wealthy? Beverly Hills comes to mind for me. Don’t tell me you aren’t currently singing the theme song to The Beverly Hillbillies. Or maybe you’re tapping along to Axel F in your head. Or is Beverly Hills Chihuahua more your style? I doubt I would move there but we would certainly find a lot of time to visit! I loved how much there was to do in Los Angeles.
Maybe you weren’t the Richie Rich reader but preferred to see the lavish and philanthropic lives of Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark. While I enjoy watching Gotham, it isn’t somewhere I would want to visit. I would want to hire an engineer to create cool gadgets like Batman and Iron Man have though.
When we win the Powerball Jackpot, I’m not sure how I will spend it, but I’m certain I’ll have a lot of inspiration. Maybe I’ll start with buying a house with a theater so I can stream my Netflix on a big screen.
When you’re dreaming of riches, where do you turn for inspiration?