As today’s Powerball jackpot reaches a hefty $200 million, Hall County residents took the opportunity to stock up on tickets in hopes of being the lottery’s lucky winner.
While some people had a hard time even imagining what that amount of money would do for their bank accounts, others had no problem knowing what they would do with those kind of winnings.
Lila Jones and Bree Peoples purchased their tickets at gas stations off Thompson Bridge Road on Tuesday. While both were pessimistically realistic about their chances, they could still picture what their lives would be like after winning.
“I’m sure I’d buy another house somewhere like Hawaii, maybe the Bahamas,” said Jones. “Some I’d give to charity. I’d also pay for my kids’ college so they didn’t have to graduate with a bunch of student loans hanging over their heads.”
Peoples agreed that she would also use some of the money to help family members.
“I’d get my parents a new home and probably buy my brother a sports car or something,” Peoples said.
But she would be treating herself to some nice commodities, as well.
“With that much money, I could quit my job. Actually, I’d probably never have to work again. And, I know I would buy a bunch of diamonds.”
Not everyone had conventional ideas on how the money would be spent. Don Newell, who was buying his lottery ticket on E.E. Butler Parkway, described his fairly elaborate plan for the use of the winnings as “a specific and realistic agenda” of his life as a millionaire.
“First things first, I’d build a completely solar-powered car since I’m tired of paying almost four dollars a gallon for gas,” he said.
Newell’s ideas did not stop there.
“Next, I’d buy my own island in the Pacific and a plane to get there. And once I was sure that I had my island and my plane, I’d invest in some flying lessons so I could actually use my plane to get to my island.”
His final purchase with the jackpot money?
“I’d definitely buy a pet chimpanzee, too, if that’s legal.”