“What would you spend the money on, if you won the lottery?” It’s a question I’ve been asked many a time in the pub. My answer is usually “Why, I’d buy a house on Blackheath and a few designer handbags and shoes, of course!”
But that kind of spend would need a big Lotto win. What’s trickier is working out how you’d spend a sum of money like £20,000. It’s a HUGE amount of money, but it wouldn’t buy you a house. In the last few days, along with my husband and even my mum, I’ve given this a lot of consideration. At one point I think I convinced myself we’d actually won £20k – “We should probably put it in a savings account and it could pay for Grace’s university fees,” my husband said. “But what if she doesn’t want to go to uni?” I asked. “We shouldn’t put pressure on her to go to uni – it’s not right for every kid.”
Then we snapped back to reality. And I decided that no, I wouldn’t save the hypothetical £20k win for my child’s education, I’d buy a beach hut on the English coast somewhere. We spent a day last weekend at Minnis Bay in Kent, and couldn’t help but peek into some of the (all of the) beach huts as we strolled past. Some were basic but some had gone all out in channelling beach chic. Some had families spilling out of them, deckchairs out on the front, chips and ice cream being devoured, and some had people sitting inside, with a blanket on the knee, quietly reading a book. Bliss.
Yes, you could only properly really use it for part of the year, but even on a cold, bright, winters day, wouldn’t it be special to head to the beach hut and have some hot chocolate and marshmallows as you’re all wrapped up watching the waves crash to the beach?
So I’d spend my £20k Lotto win on a beach hut, and any money left over, I’d spend on beachy interior buys to make it a real treat to visit with the family. Here’s some of my inspiration from Pinterest…
I just need to win the Lotto now. The New Lotto will go on sale in the Autumn at £2 per line, and will offer more ways to win more money. The changes include:
- A new Lotto raffle – at least 50 winners will scoop a guaranteed £20,000 in each Lotto draw, and if the jackpot rolls, the number of raffle winners grows too
- Bigger prizes for matching three numbers – the prize for matching three numbers will more than double, increasing from £10 to £25
- Bigger jackpots – the average Saturday jackpot will increase to around £5 million and the Wednesday jackpot will increase to around £2.5 million
Playing new Lotto is just as easy as it’s always been – players will still choose six numbers from 49 either using the play slip or Lucky Dip. In the Autumn, when players buy a Lotto ticket, they will receive a unique raffle number printed at the bottom, to have a chance of winning 50 guaranteed prizes of £20,000.
As well as giving players more ways to win more money, new Lotto will also be contributing more funding to crucial National Lottery Good Causes all over the UK. Each week, National Lottery players raise over £35 million for Good Causes.
How would you spend £20k if you won the Lotto?
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