Winning the lottery would be a dream come true, right? All you have to do is match 6 measly numbers and then you’ll have the best life ever, a life filled with adventure, relaxation, and wealth. That would be perfect, wouldn’t you say?
Ah, the dreams of would-be lottery winners, always dreaming about all of the positives that a big jackpot win would bring into their lives. There’s nothing wrong with that, mind you. Dreaming is healthy. But if you’re a dreamer and dreaming about that big lotto prize, be mindful of the fact that there are certain perils in winning the lottery.
Perils? How so? Well, things change when you win a big jackpot. Most of the time, that change is for the better. Sometimes it’s not, though. Here’s a few examples of the perils that I’m talking about:
- Being rich could cause feelings of guilt. People that become rich by luck often have guilty thoughts, like “What did I do deserve this?” Sometimes that guilt makes them feel that they’re not worthy.
- You might feel different from your friends. If you’re wealthy and absolutely everybody else that’s part of your life is not, it’s only natural to feel different. The bottom line is, you are different. Sometimes your friends might not even treat you the same as they did before hitting the lotto. Money does that to people; it gets in the way of relationships.
- Your friends and family might become jealous. You’ll quickly find that jealousy could tear apart what used to be thriving relationships.
- The money paralyzes you. Since you’ve never had to deal with managing that much money in your life, you might become terrified of what to do with it. What if you lose it? What if you make bad investments. What if people steal it from you?
These types of perils are things that would-be lottery winners never even consider. But they should. These types of things can and do happen to people that become instantly rich.
Now, none of this means that you should quit playing the lottery. On the contrary. All I’m saying is that it’s good and healthy to dream about all of the exciting ways your life will change when you it the jackpot. Just be mindful, however, that there are some bad things, perils, that come with the territory too. Think about what you’ll do if you end up facing these perils.