The nation is buzzing because we have a historic jackpot, 1.4 billion when I last checked. I have heard many conversations and read many posts on what people would do if they won. I am noticing that once a prepper/survivlist/homesteader, you always seem to be one. I see preppers talking of building greenhouses, having live stock and building BOL's. How many billionaires are concerned with building a root cellar? It seems prepping gets in your blood and that is who you become. There also seems to be a division is political parties. Every person has said they were going to give large chunks of the money away. Oddly the liberals all seem to use the word philanthropist, with no real charities or plans in how they would use the money to better others. The conservatives have really interesting plans of what they would do to help make the world a better place. One person (liberal) that I spoke to yesterday was talking of buying a tropical island and becoming a philanthropist, when asked what specifically he would do there were no real ideas. All he said is I would give half away. My idea was specific. If I won the lottery- I would find my homestead that I dream of. I would have fruit trees/bushes. It would be a large parcel with room for livestock, greenhouse and chickens. I would hire @melbo to build a chicken coop because after reading this thread- My solution for indoor/outdoor pets in a flu Pandemic | Survival Monkey Forums he could build something that no wild critter could get into. I would pay off loved ones medical bills and homes. But never once did it enter my mind to buy a fancy car or build a pool. But if I won, my place would have a pond and a solar set up. I would take accelerated first aid classes, some herbal courses and wilderness/skill classes. Hard to take some of these classes when you work full time. For my conservative "helping others" idea. I would look into buy old hotels and converting them into shelters/resource centers for the poor- but mainly women places. Not only would it offer temp shelter for single moms but it would have areas where they learned skills, interview techniques and budgeting. I really feel the generation that we have now are sorely lacking in this knowledge. So yes, I would donate large chunks of money to teaching people life skills and getting them set on the right path. So I ask all monkeys, what would you do if you won the lottery? Would it change you or get you closer to your prepping goals? Or would you blow it and live like a rock star?