There was a time years ago when the sweepstakes pot (when the lotto wasn’t in the Philippines yet) had been set at an astronomical amount that we in the family bought our full sets and had started plotting what we would do with the money if we won.
These days in New York, Alan and I try to bet in the lotto when the pot is healthy, and this coming week is one of the bigger pots, estimated to reach over $160Million for the MegaLotto. Mom already has her usual numbers — I’m going to do both a quick pick and some personal picks. Who knows? The worst that can happen is I lose $20 or so…
What would I do with the money if I win? Alan’s and my answer to that question is qualified by how much we actually win. If I won the grand prize, after paying in full for our Co-op and getting a house in our dream community in Manhasset then bailing out my Mom from her financial worries, I would stop working and do one of two things: (1) put up a day care center for children in Bayside where we live — purchasing a house we can convert into a state of the art second home for children, or (2) put up a store in the Village where I can sell fashion goods from the established and up and coming designers in Manila. I envision something like Sari-sari, but under a name that will appeal to the very diverse ethnic mix of New York and the millions of tourists who flock to this city year in and year out. So even if I will be selling wares from my home country, the name will definitely be American.
Maybe I can use “P-Mix”.. P for Pinoy. Or simply Mix… (is there a store with the name in existence already?) I’d sell accessories and one of a kind or limited edition pieces from trendy casual wear to formal gowns. (Imagine a store with one-of-a-kind pieces from Inno Sotto, Rajo Laurel and the likes.. truly a dream!) As Jonathan had said, “libre namang mangarap.” (It doesn’t cost a thing to dream..How true..)
While tonight I failed to bet my dollar in the night’s lotto, I’ll definitely be betting for the draw on Tuesday, that’s for sure.