Fandango’s Provocative Question #190

This week Fandango asks the lottery question. I’m sure we all fantasise about what we’d do with all that lovely loot.

You just won a giant lottery jackpot. What are the first three things you’re going to do with the money you won?

I don’t have many of the large sized notes in my purse 🙂

In Australia we are fortunate that we don’t get taxed on lottery winnings so whatever you win you get to keep. Of course if we invest it we’ll be taxed on that but the prize is not taxable.

Whenever I would discuss this subject with David he would always start off by talking about investments and all that sort of thing. Very sensible, of course I’d like my money to work for me and give me an income but it’s not much fun to talk about so let’s skip over that and say I did it. I also paid all outstanding bills so I have a clean slate. You can also take it as read that I have plans to share with family and donate to causes that matter to me but these may not be the first things I take care of. On to the fun stuff.

I’m going to plan an overseas holiday. When I was younger I’d be all for going off for six months but now I think I’d be happier having a shorter holiday every year. Travel is fun but being away from home for a long time you miss your pets and your own things. I can’t say where I’d go first because there are lots of places I’d like to see and I wouldn’t rush off. I enjoy the planning. You can be sure that either a cruise ship or trains will be involved. I would be able to travel solo if I wanted to without worrying about those pesky single supplements because I could afford them.

Explorer of the Seas 2016

Since I’ve moved I haven’t had enough room to display all my dolls so I think I’d like to build myself a room just for that. We have a big block so I’m sure I could find a space. Climate control, dust free and wall to wall shelving ought to do the trick.

Some of my doll collection.

Now I have to stop and think about the third fun thing. I don’t really want to buy a new house. Moving sucks. I’d rather fix the place I have. A holiday house? I live at the beach. A fancy car? But I don’t drive. I don’t want winning the lottery to force me to lead a different kind of life from the one I have now. I’m not interested in going to fancy events and wearing designer clothes, they’d just get pet hair all over them. I just want a nice, comfortable home, enough money to travel when I want without having to stay at the cheap places all the time and to be able to enjoy my hobbies.

I would probably buy a new laptop because mine is old and a new camera, maybe even a new phone although that still seems a bit of a waste given how little I use it.



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


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