I read an article recently about a winning $14m Iowa Lottery ticket that is being forfeited for reasons related to the owners not being identified, to a lawyer for the trust that supposedly holds the ticket, but perhaps he’s in some tax trouble of his own???  Honestly, I really didn’t understand all the legal jargon.  Its more likely that I didn’t understand the reasons for the forfeiture because I couldn’t get past the thought of “what would I do if I won $14m”!!  Sure $14m isn’t the biggest lottery ever, but it still got me playing that all-too-familiar “what if” game we all know so well.  I’ll daydream all day about what I would do with a windfall, and after I go through all the motions, I usually come back to the idea of buying or building a house.  Because,I love houses.

But then ensues the onslaught of questions of what kind of house?  Where would it be?  Would it be my main residence or a vacation home?  Those questions have me daydreaming even more than dreaming about what I would do with the money.  And don’t even get me started on the interiors.  I can pretty much only handle dreaming about the exterior.  The interiors of my dream house would have me in a tail spin!

Now we all know that a $14m lottery winning doesn’t actually put that same amount in your pocket.  And yes, I would be responsible and pay the taxes, tithe the proper amount to our church, pay off what we need to, set up retirement savings, etc and be left with approximately zero dollars, but we are daydreaming, right?  So for the sake of argument, let’s just play along like we have a decent sum to spend and we can choose any location, OK?

So let’s dream…what would I buy or build if I could have anything my little heart desired?

Would it be a house at the beach?  Oh 30a, how I love thee…

Would it be a house in the mountains?  You are so fabulous I can barely stand it!

Possibly a house on a lake?  I do love me some dock-sittin’

What if it didn’t necessarily pertain to location?  What if it were just a certain style of house?

Would it be a beautiful, traditional home? 

Would it be a farmhouse?

Would it be an ultra sleek house?  For me, YES, in a heart beat…probably not for The Mister though.

How about stone or stucco?  This house was the inspiration for my logo (thank you Emily Ley)

A house in the city?  Please and thank you!

A beauty in The Hamptons?

Oh, i just don’t know, y’all…there are just too many choices and I cant imagine that I would ever be able to decide!!  Maybe it’s a good thing I haven’t won.  Heaven knows I couldn’t handle all the decisions! I could though make those decisions for someone else ALL.DAY.LONG.  If my life depended on making a decision, I feel quite sure whatever style or location, the architecture would lean more modern.  Something very different than The Little Stone House.

So what about you?  What would you do with a $14m winning?  Do play along…it’s fun!

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