What Would You Do With a Billion Dollars?

As of this weekend, there are still no Powerball winners, which means that one of the most talked about jackpots in history has grown to an estimated $1.3 Billion. That means there’s currently a 1 in 292.2 million chance of winning the Powerball’s grand prize. Odds are slim, but hey, it could happen. That is, of course, if you actually remember to buy a ticket. (I mean, really, who remembers this stuff? I’m usually escaping out of the grocery store with ten bags and my raisin-tossing baby girl in tow, desperate to keep her from losing her cool before nap-time. Grocery-shopping with a toddler is a carefully-orchestrated art form. But I digress.)

Back to that more-than-one-billion-dollar prize. I couldn’t help but let my mind wander: what would I do with a billion dollars? Would I change a whole lot in my life?

Louis Vuitton - Check Coat - Travel

The answer is yes and no. I don’t think I’d “quit my day job.” I already kind of did that when we moved to North Carolina and I stopped practicing law in a law firm. And I love this blog too dang much to let it go. Is that weird? I’d probably just invest a whole lot of money in the site design I’ve been dreaming about, plus a little marketing help (because I am just plain not good at that), then I’d hire help so I can focus on the things I really want to focus on (like my blog, my business, and my family.) Plus a giant trip to Europe, obviously. So without further ado, here are the things I would buy if I miraculously remember to buy a Powerball ticket and then WON a cool billion dollars:

  • That trip to Europe.
  • Pay off our law school and med school student loans.
  • Chanel bag and mayyybe a Celine tote too. Oh who am I kidding? I’d buy Louis Vuitton luggage and the entire Chanel beauty counter (and go halfsies with my sister.) Also, a whole lot of shoes.
  • A maid, every single day of my life (Oh boy, do I hate cleaning!)
  • Someone to come to my house and blowdry my hair; a.k.a., bliss.
  • A giant kitchen; the kind with an island and one of those fancy schmancy refrigerators.
  • I would invest in my blog/business and help my family with all of their big goals and dreams too.
  • I would also probably adopt ten kids, but I’m not so sure my hubby would love that one. In the meantime (you know, while I’m convincing him of the merits of driving a school bus for our suddenly gigantic family), I would donate heaps of money to child advocacy, outreach, foster care, and psychiatric care for at-risk youth.
  • I would rent a great big ball pit for Scarlett and Belly. The two of them would go ham in a giant ball pit. I mean, it is a billion dollars after all. Priorities, people.
  • I would have my hubby invest/save the rest of the money, like a good, responsible grown-up.

So tell me, what would you do/change/buy if you won a billion dollars? Would you quite your job? Would you travel? Would you buy extravagant gifts or save?

image via Park & Cube (who knows how to travel in style!)

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Lexi

11 comments


  1. Courtney

    This is the first time I’ve been into the lottery, but a billion dollars is way too temping! I’d also donate and invest, but would have to splurge on some new handbags too, of course! Great minds think alike! Good luck girl!

    Xo,
    Courtney
    http://www.courtneyfashionista.com

  2. Sahra

    it’s always fun to think about! I love your ideas, and how realistic they are!

    First things first; I’d pay off my student loans and go back to school part time while continuing to grow in my job. I’d buy some great clothes and accessories, pay off my mortgage, and donate a TON of money to the ASPCA/Humane Society/Overseas animal rescues.
    I’d also personally fund for free tampons in my city/the country if I could figure out how.
    And then, I’d save the rest. Put it towards my future family and endeavours!

    XO Sahra
    Que Sera Sahra

  3. Mel

    OMG! Such an awesome post! This is alllll I’ve been talking about. Lol. You and I are on the same page! I also want to buy a farm and have loads of animals. I’ll have my NYC apartment and farm when I need a break. I’ll def continue to blog because I love it too much. xo

    ~Mel
    http://www.thegossipdarling.com

  4. Allyson

    There is so much I would do! Pay off our debts, give money to family, donate a ton of it, build our dream/forever home with my photography studio off the back of the house, invest some into my business, get better cars, buy myself a new wardrobe, put money away for our kids college, put money in a rainy day/vacation account, and put some in savings!

    • Lexi

      Putting away for a college fund is smart! And I love the idea of the photography studio off the back. 🙂

  5. Cassie Xie

    OH man… dinner conversations for the past week have been about nothing else but Powerball. I love that traveling would be one of your picks if you won! Gotta dream big.. 🙂

    • Lexi

      Right? So much fun to dream!

  6. This was such a fun blog post to read! I love all the things you would do if you win the lottery!

  7. Found your blog via The Rising Tide Society! Such a fun post. My husband also has med school debt, so I would DEFINITELY pay that down. 🙂

    • Lexi

      So nice to “meet” you! And I definitely feel your pain. 🙂

  8. Gosh, as much as this has been talked about in the news I had not thought about what I would personally do until now. I would probably hire personal security first (haha) and then set up a lot of trust funds! It’s just so much money! More than anyone could ever need so it only seems right to take care of others with it first.

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