It’s not a problem which many of us will ever have to deal with, I grant you, but it’s good to see lottery winners finding creative (if jocular) ways to go large with their new windfall.
This is the dilemma affecting newly-minted millionaires Adrian and Gillian Bayford, who this week claimed a winning EuroMillions lottery jackpot of £148 million, leading music store owner Adrian to joke that he’d like to use some of his cash to persuade the classic Guns ‘N’ Roses line-up to reform.
Putting aside the sad truth that even if you paid him handsomely to play a private gig for you the odds are that Axl would still show up two hours late, I got to thinking about what manner of frippery I would spend my hypothetical jackpot on.
I’d hire out my local multiplex’s bigger screens, hook-up a games console and blast through some action games for an evening of delirious nerdery. Or, you know, build my own cinema addition to whichever house I bought (which would, of course, be Hagrid-friendly). Who hasn’t gone to their local cinema and thought – “You know what ‘The Expendables 2’ needs? To be ‘Uncharted 3‘ or ‘Dragon’s Dogma‘ instead and have me playing it”
I’ve never been a car guy, so expensive luxury prestige marques are not for me. What’s the point in buying something that jettisons a metric ton of value once you get the keys and sit behind the wheel for the first time? Likewise, I don’t aspire to own a helicopter or personal jet – this kind of personal transportation is more my speed….
And if money was truly no barrier to creating things that I know would please those I love…
I’d hire the developers of lovely, eccentric and desperately underrated XBox 360 platformer “Ilomilo“, Southend Interactive, to code and create a sequel to their glorious XBLA title. Because Mrs Rolling Eyeballs would quite like that, don’t you know?
- Married couple in 40s win £148m (bbc.co.uk)
- You’re joking! £148m Lottery winner (standard.co.uk)
- Scottish £148.6million EuroMillions winner says: “This money has come at the right time for us and is going to benefit the whole family”. (dailyrecord.co.uk)
- EuroMillions: Second hand record dealer wins £148 million in lottery (telegraph.co.uk)