The day I won the lottery my life changed. Twelve million dollars tends to do that.
As I read the numbers off my sheet and saw each one match, I couldn’t believe my luck and had no idea what to do first.
I called my parents and shared the good news, then my brother. Being the sensible ones in the family they advised me to put the card away for safe keeping and not to tell anyone else about my good fortune.
As it was a Sunday, I wouldn’t be able to cash in the winnings until the next day. I taped the sheet to the back of my dresser for safe keeping and locked myself in my apartment out of fear that someone out there knew that I had won.
I spoke to my family a couple of times during the day and arranged for them to drive down the next morning and we would go to the Lottery office together to claim our winnings.
I barely slept that night. I was convinced that every noise was an armed robber coming into my house and stealing my ticket.
At 29 years old, I knew that my life would never be the same. No financial worries would allow me to do what I wanted with my life, start businesses, help other people or do nothing.
What I knew was the my family would be taken care of, there may not be enough to help others, but for us, we would now live on easy-street.
By the time my family arrived on Monday morning, I had my plan in place. Half the money would be mine, my parents would receive 25% and the final 25% would be split between my brother and a foundation we would start to help other people.
As my mom, dad and brother came bounding into my tiny apartment, we all embraced and laughed at out good luck. It was one of the most exciting moments of my life to see them so excited!
They asked to see the ticket and we all went into my bedroom where I dug the ticket off the back of my dresser. We compared the numbers and again celebrated when I called out the sixth number on the roll. We were winners!
Too nervous to drive, we piled into my brother’s car and started to make our way towards the Georgia Lottery Office in downtown Atlanta. It was only about a fifteen minute drive from my house, but as I held that jackpot in my hands it felt like a lifetime.
Once we reached the offices, the numbers were verified over and over again. It was now official, I was the latest winner of the Georgia Lottery. When the Executive Director came in to meet me, she said “congratulations, you are Georgia’s newest millionaire!”
Within the next hour, the funds were deposited into my checking account, it was done by draft so that I didn’t have to worry about carrying the check to the bank. When the deposit was made, there was $38 in the account, needless to say that changed dramatically!
Shortly after the funds were deposited I was presented with a ceremonial big check and my family and I took questions from local media. It was all overwhelming.
Once the formalities of the cash out was over, my family and I went to lunch. I had barely eaten all day on Sunday and hadn’t eaten anything on Monday, so I was famished.
We went to TGIFridays for our first millionaire meal, obviously we were not accustomed to the high life yet. When the bill came, for the first time in my life, I bought for my family, it was an awesome feeling.
After lunch we went back to my apartment and soon my family left to make the two-hour long trek home.
Once they were gone, I took a huge sigh and sat on my couch, Georgia’s newest millionaire, alone in a one bedroom apartment.
Day 12 of the Jeff Goins – 500 Word Writing Challenge…… TELL A LIE!