Wow, quite the interesting opinions and thoughts. I guess it's now time to explain my reasoning on asking the question, huh?
I stopped in at our local Quick Mart last week, (Turkey Hill) to get gas in the truck, and there in front of me were two people in line buying Lottery tickets. The one customer, an older lady, looked as though she didn't have much to her name, but she dropped $50.00 on scratch off Lottery tickets. The other customer, another woman although younger than me, not only purchased $25.00 of scratch off Lottery tickets, but also bought two packs of cigarettes. Standing next to the younger woman was a little girl who was just down right filthy. Her clothes looked as if they haven't been cleaned for days, and her face looked as though she still had last weeks dinner on it.
When I went back outside and got into the truck, the older lady was actually parked on the other side of the pump next to me, and there she sat, scratching off all of her tickets. When I started the truck and was ready to pull out, that's when I noticed the younger lady sitting in her car across the parking lot. The rear passenger side window was apparently broke out, as there was a black garbage bag duck taped to the car covering the opening. The little girl wasn't buckled in a car seat, and was obviously keeping her Mother from scratching off her Lottery tickets. Her car was in serious need of body work and paint, and the belts were slipping when she finally got the starter to engage. Meanwhile, the older lady started her car and began to pull out from the gas pumps, when I took notice that her car was smoking heavily, as in the motor was ready to blow due to lack of oil. Since she didn't walk back into the store, I assumed she didn't win anything on her Lottery tickets. Same goes for the younger lady, as it was pretty obvious by the SOB she yelled when she was done scratching.
So while driving home, I got to thinking about these two women. Is winning money that important to them, that they let it interfere with the things that they need most? $50.00 could have been used towards an oil change or service work for the older ladies car, but instead, chose to gamble her money on something that has no guarantee of winning or getting ahead. The younger lady could have used the money that spent on purchasing a car seat for her daughter or at least putting the money towards a newer vehicle or some repairs on her current vehicle. Both appeared that they were barely getting by on the money that they had, but yet they were searching for the easy way out.
The more I thought about it, the more I wished I would have helped, but yet I kept thinking that my money wouldn't have taught them a lesson. I don't play the Lottery, and I don't have Millions of dollars to give away either, however, what I do have I have worked very hard for. Other than the collections that I started a long time ago, I wouldn't say that I'm a material type of person. I don't need the best of everything, and I never wished that I'd be able to keep up with the Jones'. I like things simple, don't like bling-bling, and appreciate all that has been given to me. I wouldn't think twice about helping out someone in need, and in most cases, will do things for people free of charge, either because I like to do it, or because it makes me happy using the God given abilities and talents in helping someone out that either can't afford to have the work done or isn't skilled enough to do the project themselves. However, I won't be used! These two women wouldn't have appreciated the help that I could have possibly given them, and more than likely would have looked at my offering as saving them enough money to continue buying Lottery tickets.
I, like most of you guys stated, would indeed take care of my family first if I should happen into extra money. However, with seeing how miserable, ariggant, selfish, and stuck up most rich people are, I really don't want to share that life style. If only making ends meat, or working paycheck to paycheck keeps us closer as a family, then that's the life style for me!
Thanks for replying guys. It was very interesting.