So What if You Really Did Win the Publisher's Clearinghouse $10 Million Prize?

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I'm sure you've thought about it a time or two. What it would be like to win one of the big prizes -- more money than you could ever imagine.

Remember how Publisher's Clearinghouse used to send you those envelopes? And you had to hunt through all of the magazine stickers to find just the right ones to stick to the form to send back? Well, I made the "mistake" of signing up online, and they're always sending me urgent things that I have to click on NOW, or forfeit my latest chance. And now I'm afraid to unsubscribe, because what if I miss the big pay-off?

expensive car

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But like most people, I've dreamed about winning some huge amount of money, and what I'd do with it. Of course there's the really basic stuff:

  • Pay off bills
  • Remodel my house (new roof, new heating system, new kitchen, new flooring)
  • College fund for the kids
  • Help out friends and family with a cash gift each
  • Gift my church to pay off some renovations, and make more ministries possible
  • Take a few nice vacations

And that's all -- but that's when the creativity starts flowing, and I have some fun. Because I don't need a $2 million car like Beyonce got her husband last Christmas. Nor would I know what to do with expensive jewelry, designer clothes, or huge multi-million dollar houses with 10,000 square feet and 10 bathrooms.

But oh, to make a difference in others' lives, now there would be a dream come true. I sometimes get overwhelmed with all of the causes that I get involved in, and want to make a difference with (whales, the ocean, wildlife, abused women, the environment, curing cancer ... ), but if you force me to pick only two, then I have two major soft spots:

  • Hungry children in the U.S.
  • Abused/unwanted animals

And the opportunity to really do something about those two groups would be the most amazing experience I could wish for.

Did you know that 40% of the food in the U.S. is wasted? Thrown into the trash. And yet, in this resource-blessed country of ours, during the school year, that of the more than 21 million children who receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs, only slightly more than 3 million of those children receive a meal through a summer program when school lets out. That's 18 million children in one of the richest countries in the world who are hungry every day. And that is so, just criminal. (Figures from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.)

Opening an animal sanctuary for abused and unwanted animals is my second dream. I would have a hard time saying no, so I could see dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, and any other unloved or unwanted animals. All with a warm, dry, place to stay, food, water, vet care, company and lots of love, and no reason to be afraid anymore.

My $10 million in winnings wouldn't feed all of those children during the summer, or save all of the abandoned animals, but it could sure make a significant dent.

What would you do with $10 million? :-)

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