The Lottery Tag

Hey guys! I hope you’re having a nice weekend so far. (I know I am… I’m currently on a short trip away from college for reasons I’ll tell you all about in an upcoming post!) Today I’m doing the lottery tag, which I borrowed from Elsie @ Elsie LMC.

This tag asks you to choose an amount of cash you’d like to win and then divide everything you want to buy into three categories – small stuff, big stuff, and even bigger stuff! I’ve never bought a lottery ticket because I feel like it’s throwing money away, buuuut if by some twist of fate I somehow acquired one and then won? I certainly know what I would do with the money.

The amount of money I choose is… unlimited, because I saw that’s what Elsie chose and why the heck not?

Enjoy!

the small stuff.

Books, definitely! Not many, though, since I usually only buy my favorite ones. Maybe some by Margaret Peterson Haddix and Bill Bryson, as well as the two books in Suzanne Collins’ Underland Chronicles that I don’t already own. Tbh, I’m quite satisfied with borrowing nearly everything I read from the library because my parents instilled that habit in me from a young age.

I would also like to buy a couple of nice dresses and maybe a really gorgeous pair of shoes. I love wearing dresses but don’t own very many and only two are what I’d call fancy, so I wouldn’t mind having just a few more options for those occasions when I have to get dressed up.

the big stuff.

I’ve had my current laptop since 2013 and, although it’s gotten me through many assignments as well as my own writing projects, it is a little slow by now. Plus, it’s super heavy! It weighs almost six pounds… I would love to be able to tote a lighter, less bulky laptop back and forth to class, tutoring, my writing group, et cetera!

I would buy a greenhouse for my plant-loving best friend, Jai, who talks about wanting one all the time. (Every so often I get the most wholesome drunk texts ever where she sends me plans for her future flowerbeds. Ahhh I die.) Gardening seems to make her more relaxed, so I know this gift would mean a lot to her.

I would also spend some money on a trip with my other best friend, Megan. Maybe to Europe for some hiking and visiting castles/other ruins? We’re constantly tagging each other in pictures and videos of gorgeous mountain trails, beautiful ancient buildings, and the like, so I would love to spend a few weeks or maybe even a few months exploring. We definitely have to hit up Ireland where we’re at it, because the whole time I was there this past summer I wished she were by my side so I could show her everything I’d fallen in love with!

the even bigger stuff.

I would pay off the rest of my college tuition. May as well pay for my brother’s at the same time, too, since alternate universe me apparently has unlimited funds. I would also set aside a chunk of money for each of us to go to grad school. I actually don’t know what my brother’s plans are regarding that, but I know I definitely want to go.)

I would invest some money in the stock market. This is something I currently know nothing about but I’m sure I could learn. I would spend the money earned on… things I haven’t thought of yet but may need or want in the future.

I would donate a lot of money to Planned Parenthood, to keep them going even under threats and attacks from the current presidential administration.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I would start an organization for LGBTQ+ youth. I would use some money to start summer camps, fund GSA projects, build homeless shelters, develop a mentoring or job shadowing program, et cetera. (I’m especially passionate about the summer camp idea: No matter how rich I was, you certainly wouldn’t see me lounging about because I’d be right there at the camps helping kids and teens!)

A large chunk of that org’s budget would go toward paying off people’s transition-related expenses. I’ve seen how hard my trans and nonbinary friends from college work to scrimp and save for hormones, various surgeries, even things most of us take for granted such as wardrobe full of clothes matching their ideal gender presentation. Whenever the topic comes up in conversation I’m always like “someday when I’m hopefully a super famous author, I’ll use some of my royalties to fund that shit,” but if I acquired the money via some other means that would be A-OK with me.

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I’m tagging:

And as always, feel free to participate whether or not I tagged you. (Or ignore this tag, if you so choose.)

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Have you ever purchased a lottery ticket or known someone who won?

P.S. All photographs above are my own! Lately I’ve been digging deep into the collection of pictures I’ve posted here and finding some beautiful photos I snapped, uploaded, and then completely forgot about! They really add something to even the most ordinary of posts, don’t they?

About nevillegirl

Elizabeth. University of Iowa class of 2019. Triple majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Twenty-one-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, aspiring writer, and lesbian. Passionate about feminism, mental health, comic books, and cats.
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1 Response to The Lottery Tag

  1. Mahima says:

    Thanks for tagging me, Engie! Slowly getting back to the blogging habit and this is a great way for me to get started.

    It’s incredibly inspiring, hearing you talk about setting money up for LGBTQ+ youth and the various ways you will spend that money to make life better for us all x.

    (Oh yes, I totally came out as queer in the middle of one of my blog posts… surprise?)

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