$425 Million Dollars. $208,725,000 after federal taxes for me living in the state of Florida.
Ever since this Powerball jackpot has climbed north of $200 million, I have grown giddy of the possibilities. I can't help myself but to spend hours
throughout my day, and the moments in my bed before falling asleep at night just thinking about what it would be like to be the lucky winner. I can
picture what it would be like to check my numbers to find every number matching the winning numbers....but then the image fades into the unlikely reality
that I will not win. However, seconds later, the thoughts return as I imagine myself as the one who WILL win..because someone out there, some normal
everyday person who never thought they would be the one to win, will do exactly as I am imaging. They will check their ticket with the expectations of
another losing line of numbers and a waste of $2.00, but instead will become awestruck as they have a near heart attack as they stare at their ticket.
They had won, just as I am picturing for myself. My imagination runs wild with anticipation for an unlikely event that has left me with a jittery, anxious
feeling as though I am simply waiting to see my numbers match rather than for it to be just another loss of $2.00. I spend my days up until this record
drawing bewildered with possibilities...How can ANYONE go from a few thousand dollars in their bank account to having a net worth of just about the
same amount as former GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney ($250 million - http://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-politicians/republicans/mitt-
romney-net-worth/ ). I can't stop thinking that this very imagery I am picturing in my head will play out as a reality for some lucky person. Their life and
probably the lives of everyone close to them will NEVER be the same ever again. It's exciting to imagine this happening to me but yet I find it a bit scary at
the same time. Scary? Yes, scary. I find it scary when my mind is able to play this scenario out in my head so realistically that it feels the way I can
imagine it feeling if this were to happen to me. I become overly excited, yet worried for the fact that my life will never be the same again. Is this a good
thing? Is this something I want? After claiming the money and my identity being revealed to the world, everyone will want to know more about me. That
is when the crazy people hit the internet, hacking, digging deep into my life, the lives of my family and friends. Although it may be my own imagination, but
I picture stalkers, thieves, murderers, and kidnappers all becoming a problem for me. At any given moment, my parents, my girlfriend, my best friend can
all become a victim of any of the previously mentioned crazies. People who play the lottery think of quitting their jobs, getting a new house, paying off the
bills, getting a new car, helping out family, churches, and charities. What most don't think about are all the negatives. Whenever I play Powerball I, too,
do not think about all of those issues because most times the Powerball jackpot is below $150 million. Once it breaks into record territory and is then in
the national spotlight, on all the news channels, and EVERYONE (no longer just the regulars) are playing their hand to win, that is when I become a little
nervous about winning. There are PLENTY of millionaires in this world and plenty of jackpot winners who have won less than $100 million. However, once
this jackpot grows to record territory and the winner will have over $200 million cash, that scares me. But yet, I do not want to stop playing. I want the
jackpot to roll over bigger and bigger so I can be the one who wins the largest jackpot in the history of the world..or do I want all that national attention,
all that anxiety, all that fear, and worry? Yes...yes I do. Why can't it just be me??? It has to be someone out there. If not Wednesday, then Saturday or
the next Wednesday. Within the next 10 days, someone in this country will BE that winner that I am hoping to be and their life will be changed forever.
What do I need to do to be that person. It just requires BEING that person. How hard is that?? Oh yeah, HUNDREDS of MILLIONS of tickets will be
sold...that's how difficult it is... But SOMEONE WILL beat the odds..it is not impossible...for someone out there, that is. I hope you enjoyed a look into
the ill mind of a LottoNick56! Good luck to all this Wednesday! If it is not me who wins, let it be another LP members.
...Someone's going to win eventually...
...Never know, could be me...