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Winning the MegaMillions Jackpot

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

In Maryland, we have two of the "big" lottery games - PowerBall and MegaMillions. The PowerBall is a more recent addition; for many years Marylanders could only play MegaMillions. It costs a buck. I am not a gambler by nature and I don't play the lottery regularly. But I will admit that if I'm at the gas station, I'll occasionally buy a ticket. I probably spend about $5 a month.

Even though I'd buy a ticket, I never bought a ticket because I expected to win. That would be sort of ridiculous because the odds are a lot more likely to be hit by lightening multiple times than to win a MegaMillions jackpot. I figured that if I plopped down a dollar, I was paying for a daydream. It was harmless and fun (and had no calories). Spending a dollar meant that if I had a little down time, I could think about "what I would do if I won the lottery."

Since I didn't believe I'd ever win, I would never check my tickets, except maybe every few months. I'd look in the pocket of my wallet, see if any lottery tickets were there (since there was no rhyme nor reason to when or how often I'd buy one), and check the numbers. But I actually dreaded checking the numbers because that took away all the fun. I always understood that actually checking the tickets would take me on a non-stop flight to reality. But that dollar, unchecked, gave me the right to my occasional daydream.

Many people are embarrassed to say that they'd ever buy a lottery ticket. But let's face it, anyone who buys one has a few moments of "What would I do if...?" I have no idea if there are "typical" lottery winner actions, but I imagine many people would plan to quit their jobs. I noodled that one around a bit over the years, but often thought I'd keep working because my job has mostly been fulfilling during my career. But in the last few years, I realized that I would indeed quit my job if I ever won the lottery. Why the change of heart? One simple reason. It wasn't the noble thoughts of philanthropy, financial aid for children (or parents), or luxury trips, homes, and cars that pinged my interest. Nope. I knew that if I ever won the lottery and quit my job, I would be thin. That's all I needed. You see, I'd be able to concentrate on eating healthy and I could go to the gym regularly and have lots of time to walk and hike. I am NOT joking! That was really my big lottery dream! I knew that if I won MegaMillions I would be thin and healthy, and that was one of the biggest motivators to those occasional lottery ticket purchases.

Well slap my face and call me Zsa Zsa, because apparently I haven't been checking my old lottery tickets. I must have won MegaMillions!!! I just didn't realize it. But it MUST be true: I've spent the last fifteen months eating healthy, the last twelve months making full use of a gym membership, walking and hiking, and since late Fall I have enjoyed all the perks of being fit at a normal BMI and loving it.

So much of my life was being lived in a future that was within my power to create, but I let those years be stolen from me. I spent all my time anticipating that those possibilities were "some day," instead of drawing a line in the sand and stepping over it with the first step to the rest of my life. I finally took that step on January 8, 2011 - and joined Sparkpeople - and as much as I could happily find ways to spend a jackpot full of dollars, the fulfillment I've found in this "personal jackpot" is one of the best things I've experienced in my life.

I still buy one of those silly tickets once in a while - after all, I could use some more new clothes! But Sparkpeople helped me realize that I could turn my daydreams into reality with the life I already had.

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JOANNHUNT 1/31/2013 5:40PM

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SHAOLINWARRIOR 4/10/2012 7:05PM

    I wanna win so I can spend all day Volunteering with animals, disaster assistance, and playing!

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DUSTYGIRL25 4/8/2012 5:58AM

    Zsa Zsa, You look mavalas!! I can hardly wait to hit my mega million jackpot. Hopefully this year, I'm more than halfway there.
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BRAVEHEART4ME 4/8/2012 1:13AM

  Love your blog! And you look fantastic! emoticon

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NOTGIVINGUP49 4/1/2012 4:41PM

    emoticon Blog! You sure have won life's lottery! Keep that healthy lifestyle going and you will keep that jackpot filled! emoticon

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VYVIENN 3/30/2012 3:10AM

    Honey, I don't know how you always come up with these amazing posts, but I'm glad you do. They should be required reading!

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BEFITWALKING 3/29/2012 2:22AM

    This was great! And yes, I bought mine also!

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CMW123 3/28/2012 4:13PM

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Well, I bought my ticket just in case. lol

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LADYBUG1107 3/28/2012 5:10AM

    Way to go!

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COOPQUILTLADY 3/27/2012 11:05PM

    You look AWESOME!!!!!! You go girl!

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HINCTYBEAT 3/27/2012 8:47PM

    This is my johnny come lately reason for Sparking - we're growing a business and what good would it be to be rich and famous (hey, a girl can dream) if I'm not fit and healthy when I get there??

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CTUPTON 3/27/2012 8:39PM

    Wonderful, uplifting blog! Chris

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TUDI4480 3/27/2012 1:39AM

    Great blog. Good for you!

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PKATHYMORGAN 3/27/2012 1:16AM

    You sure have won the lottery, great job. emoticon

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SLIM242 3/26/2012 11:35PM

    I really enjoyed reading your blog! Congratulations on dropping 75 pounds. One thing to remember regarding the lottery. You can't win, if you don't play! You never know!!!

Slim

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LADYGSC 3/26/2012 10:49PM

    Congrats are in order! Great blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SEATOWN_GAL 3/26/2012 10:32PM

    Great blog!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 3/26/2012 9:11PM

    What a great blog. It made me smile because I have also daydreamed about what I would do if I won.
Thanks!

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RUNNER12COM 3/26/2012 6:45PM

    I'm the same way, that I think of a ticket as a $1 excuse to daydream for a while. And like you, I've discovered that I'm already winning.

You are awesome. Great blog!

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70LBSTOGO2 3/26/2012 5:19PM

    I have never looked at it that way but I will from now on! Congrats on all your accomplishments!

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BACKATITAMY 3/26/2012 5:17PM

  Thanks for sharing. Your words hit home. I've always had that daydream that if I won the lotto that besides my family never having to worry about bills again and my kids being taken care of that I would pay for a personal chef and a trainer to help get me to the thin and healthy me that I want to be. I have wasted to much time daydreaming and need to get back to reality. I have lost 50 on my own with spark and need to refocus on my dream for the next 100 still to lose. Again thanks for sharing :)


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HAKAPES 3/26/2012 4:21PM

    This made me smile! Thank you!

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TONYVAND1 3/26/2012 3:32PM

  Way to go and thank you for sharing with the rest of us

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SKINNYMINNIE25 3/26/2012 3:02PM

    Aren't those ah ha moments priceless? Thanks for sharing.

Skinny

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PIXIECHIC1 3/26/2012 1:55PM

  well slap my face and call me zsa zsa! great post! its a wonderful day when we stop living in the past and future and just be - in our moment, this day, right now!! yay for you Zsa Zsa!!

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*DMBARKER* 3/26/2012 12:29PM

    Thanks for the very well written blog that brought a big smile to my face. Thank you so much for your positivity and you look GREAT! Keep up the hardwork. You truly are a winner. ;)
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DRAGONCHILDE 3/26/2012 12:11PM

    I actually wouldn't quit my job if I won the lotto... I love it too much. What I would do is donate to my job... they're a non-profit literacy organization who never, ever has enough money to do all the things they want. A big benefactor is just what they need. :)

I'd still make 'em pay me, though. LOL. Just the principle of the thing.

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GERIKRAGH 3/26/2012 11:46AM

    Great blog. I've never bought a ticket. My DD asked me to buy 4 for her and I couldn't figure out her directions. She finally broke down and went with me and bought her own.

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GOLFLADY11 3/26/2012 11:39AM

    Wow! Good for you! I love reading stories of real people. How wonderful that we can make real change in our lives ... for the better. I joined in Sept 2011 and have never looked back. I'm a work-in-progress and it's made me so much better in every respect. Thank you for outstanding blog and congratulations - continued success in meeting your goals! emoticon emoticon

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MILLIE5522 3/26/2012 11:39AM

    Fantastic achievement! Congratulations!

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SEMCD6232 3/26/2012 10:09AM

  What a great story!!! Congrats on your "big win!"

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MONAKIN314 3/26/2012 9:58AM

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WORKINGSTIFF 3/26/2012 8:51AM

    Thanks for the uplifting thoughts...I really need it today. It's Monday, and I'm wishing that I could win the lottery (and yes, I'm like you--I only buy a ticket every once in a while).

Take care!

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FLASUN 3/26/2012 8:02AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I can see why this was voted "The BEST blog" .....you are such an inspiration and just LOVE reading your Blog!!!!

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GAYLED56 3/26/2012 6:30AM

    Loved your style of writing and enjoyed the story too! Thanks and congrats!! :) emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 3/26/2012 3:30AM

    My dear girlfriend...well written. Wish I had stayed in the game with you last year. I would have already hit the jackpot too. I'm so happy that you are healthy and enjoying life. I'm also happy that I'm following in your footsteps and finally on my way to winning that elusive jackpot myself. Thanks for your great example! Love you Turtle, emoticon emoticon BevBear

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SPEEDY143 3/26/2012 3:06AM

    emoticon on your winnings emoticon there's nothing more important than good health emoticon

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MSHUFFNPUFFN 3/26/2012 12:27AM

    Excellent!! As your 'play cousin', thanks for sharing the wealth with your sparkfamily! Great job!!

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MIKEYCO 3/25/2012 11:16PM

    You did win. You won something better than the lottery.

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ANGELLOSE69 3/25/2012 11:14PM

    I recently logged on to this web site to find out calorie information and found that it has so much more. I love the inspiring story's I read almost everyday. I am one of those people who wanted to "win" the lottery so I could be thin as well. But just a couple of weeks ago, something in me said that I needed more, I wanted to be healthy. I have been eating right and exercising for just a week and have realized that I still have a long way to go but I have started to feel better already.
Don't get me wrong, I still will buy lottery tickets, but I've decided I don't need to win money to win at being healthy. emoticon

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REENIE131 3/25/2012 10:07PM

    Congrats on your win! It's much bigger than the lottery :)

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CHANEL_BABE 3/25/2012 9:54PM

  A great blog and great testimony to living in the present!

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JUDGEDEBORAH 3/25/2012 9:22PM

    You look great! Loved your very inspiring story! emoticon

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WENDIGAYLE 3/25/2012 8:21PM

  You are a winner by all means.

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LUCY5599 3/25/2012 8:18PM

  You truly are a Jackpot winner, 'cuz you look like a million bucks!!!

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FITFABJENN 3/25/2012 7:38PM

    You are most certainly a winner! And you continue to both inspire and entertain me.

Spark on, pal.

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WISHICOULDFLY 3/25/2012 7:03PM

    You are a winner indeed! Congrats!

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LUNADRAGON 3/25/2012 7:00PM

    Wowza! Way to go. You look like a Million!

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ALLYCAT67 3/25/2012 4:45PM

    I agree, it's time to live now, not at some perfect future time!

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GENOLA36 3/25/2012 2:58PM

    Great Blog !!!

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