First of all, I'll never win the lottery, unless someone gifts me a ticket, because I never play and never will. I'm morally opposed to it, not because I am opposed to the concept of gambling, but because I see it as a hidden tax on the poor. That having been said, what would I do with the money if I did get it? I'd do several things, the first three being responsible and then the rest would be fun.
--Give a bunch of it away. Part would go to my church, Emmanuel Baptist, because I feel like we do a lot of amazing ministries, helping the needy and disenfranchised. I would also give some to Habitat, which is my favorite charity. And I would pay off any of my siblings' debts too. And I would give something DC Comics related to my friends the Schoenhuts and something Marvel Comics related to my friends the Delgados.
--Set up a scholarship. Specifically, I would set up three writing scholarships, one for each of my county's three public high schools. Depending on the jackpot, they may not be huge, but anything I can do to encourage young writers is something I want to do.
--Put enough away that I won't be hurting for money the rest of my life and then become a full-time writer. I would finish whatever year I'm teaching and then retire. I really do love my kids, but I really don't love much of anything else about teaching anymore. And I find such great joy in writing.
--Travel. The two places I've always wanted to go are Ireland and Hawaii. I'd spend a month in each place. And then I'd go to New York City long enough to see every Broadway show I want to see.
--New car and new house. Not fancy ones, either. I don't care about that. I'd actually probably get some sort of SUV, like a Ford Escape, and a house in the country that's in good shape, but small. I don't want a huge place that takes forever to clean and costs a fortune to maintain. I don't even need a ton of land. Just enough to be able to take walks in the woods. If the jackpot is big enough, I'd also buy a place on the Outer Banks to live in and rent out when I'm home.
Wow, I'm a really boring person, aren't I? I just don't want to be one of those people whose life gets destroyed by money. Not that it's likely to be an issue anyway.