I haven't done the sums, but these are some of the things I'd like to spend it on:
- ensure no woman feels she has to resort to abortion because she can't afford to have the child by supporting organisations such as Good Counsel Network and the Sisters of the Gospel of Life who help women in these situations;
- assist SPUC and other pro-life organisations in their important work of campaigning against abortion and promoting chastity in schools;
- support the campaign of any parliamentary candidate who undertakes to vote consisently against abortion, IVF, euthanasia, 'gay marriages' etc;
- provide assistance to families who are in genuine trouble financially so that they can get on track;
- build a church of the finest materials and of architectural and artistic merit that would be a temple truly fit for the Sacred Liturgy and worthy of God's people, preferably in a poor area of the diocese;
- establish a foundation to promote singing and music in the parish that would realise the potential of youngsters who might not otherwise get the opportunity to sing/play beautiful music for the worship of God;
- establish a school which would be staffed by committed, faithful practising Catholics that would not be in hock financially to the State; the school would be open to all who desire for their children an education inspired by the Catholic faith and its social teaching; bursaries for those who couldn't afford fees, but those who could would be asked to pull their weight financially, thus promoting responsibility;
- establish a centre for catechesis and evangelisation;
- establish counselling and educational service to assist families in any kind of difficulty and to promote authentic family values in society.
Would I have any change left?
Would any of the above meet with opposition from the politically correct elite? Maybe I'd fall foul of diversity legislation?
Would winning the Lottery change my life? In the light of the above, most probably. But I'd still be happy to drive my 10 year old dented but absolutely (at least up to now) reliable Corolla. I'd also love to remain a parish priest, although the money might also enable the parish to support one or two more priests who would have plenty of pastoral and educational work to carry out.
Any other ideas? How can we help lottery winners ensure their lives are not destroyed by having to deal with unearned millions?