What would you do with $540 million?
That is what the Mega Milions jackpot is up to. Oh, that’s a fun question – what would you do if you won $540 million?
Let’s talk real money, here. Uncle Sam will take half of that. So we’re looking at $270 million. Cool.
$270 million is a crazy amount of money.
I think most people are in agreement – you would hire a financial professional. You would pay off all debt. Sell your house. Donate to charities. Go on a ridiculous shopping spree.
Scott and I would set up Emma and Kate’s college fund to be paid in full – at K-State.
Kansas City would be our “home base.”
We would buy a house in the Florida Keys. We have friends there and Scott knows the area well. A little Jimmy Buffet on the iPod with a pina colada in hand while wearing a bikini in December? YES. We would fly our Kansas friends to come play with us.
We agreed to set up each set of parents with enough money to retire and live with no financial stress. Easy, done.
But then our views start to differ:
Siblings. What would we give them? These are the people that probably know us best. We would not be who we are if it weren’t for our siblings. Every childhood memory is shared with them. Every important event in our lives is shared as well.
This is where Scott’s view of family equality really shines.
Scott has one brother. I have two sisters and a brother.
Scott’s view: his family should get half and my family should get half. So his brother would get half and my three siblings would get the other half, divided by 3. You read that right. Let’s say we decided $10 million to go to siblings. $5 million would go to his brother. My siblings would each get a little over $1.5 million each. STOP – Back up the money train.
This is so not fair on so many levels.
My view: everyone (or married couple) gets $5 million. Each. (hypothetical number, of course. But all the same number.)
How is Scott’s view fair? They are people! Not his and hers towels! Just because I have two extra siblings than he does, does not mean his brother wins his own mini-lotto. I love his brother like my own brother but come on. My siblings should get the same amount. If you think about it, the chances of someone else in our family winning the lotto is greater because my family is larger. I’m sure he would take lotto money from one of my siblings, if they were to offer it. Pook, you married me – but you also married into two sisters and an extra brother. Plus their spouses.
This is just a hypothetical argument. To my siblings – I swear he loves you too. Scott is just not thinking very clearly. He has learned by now that I am always right. Worst case, I would totally slip you an extra $3.5 million cash under the table at Christmas.
Whatever. I can’t tell if he’s serious or just trying to get me all riled up. I’ll very likely never find that out. Or more like 1 in 176,000,000 chance of finding out.