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When a mom wins the Powerball — FranklyStein

If I won the $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot, here’s how my life might look.

First, I’d quit my job. I get a lot of satisfaction out of being the editor of Chesapeake Family magazine, but it’s definitely a time suck. I’d like to spend more time with my kids before they are gone.

My first night off, I’d play five games of Sorry in a row with my youngest. (He might actually prefer me working). Then I’d watch a chick flick with my girls (if they didn’t have too much homework). The next day after dropping the kids at school, I’d make a cup of coffee and just sit and do nothing for an hour. Then I’d need to figure out what to do with the rest of my life because I’d already be starting to get bored. And frankly, my kids don’t have that much time to spend with me.

First on the agenda would be house renovations. We live in an old house that needs a lot of work, but we haven’t had the time or the money over the past 19 years. Now we’d have both. I might briefly entertain the idea of moving into a nicer house in a better neighborhood, but I’d probably bag that idea because the kids love it here. It’s close to everything, from their friends to their schools to their swim teams. And no one would buy the house in its current shabby shape anyway.

Next, I’d find a volunteer or very part-time job. I have no idea what it would be, but I’d have plenty of time to figure it out. I could volunteer for a cool nonprofit doing communications or teach journalism at a community college. But until I got that job, I’d be happy exercising first thing every morning, reading for a couple of hours and then doing a bit of shopping. A mom with millions can never have too many pairs of shoes.

Not much would change for the kids. They’d still have to share rooms, get summer jobs and drive beat up cars. Those are essential rites of passage in my book. But their college options would definitely change. They could choose that school with the $50,000 price tag if they wanted to.

There’d be more family vacations, romantic weekend getaways with my hubby and more takeout. But other than that, I don’t think our life would look so terribly different — at least I hope it wouldn’t. I kind of like the way it is now, and I wouldn’t want money to mess it up.

But the chances of any of these changes happening are pretty slim anyway considering I haven’t even purchased a Powerball ticket.

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FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 16, Lilly, 15, Adam, 15, and Jonah, 11.


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