Thanks, OP, for a doom break and creating a fun "pie in the sky" sort of a thing. I never remember to play the lottery; BUT, if i DID remember to
play this one and if i DID miraculously beat the odds and win, i would use the money to completely restore the aging-into-extinction town of which i
live on the outskirts. I'd do my very best to use that money to set an example.
It would not be a standard or typical restoration, though. I would make it a model of sustainability and conservation. I'm talking solar, wind
energy, water reclamation and conservation, xeriscaping, recycling stations ~ anything and everything that could be done toward that end would be
done. Derelict houses would be demolished, the soil they once stood upon improved and turned into community green space and gardens. Aging/decrepit
homes would be demolished and replaced with sustainable homes built to specifications to make them last years and years based on the climate and
weather out here - from tornadoes, ravaging hail, near constant (often high) winds, freezing cold and blistering hot. Homes still in good condition
could be improved and retrofitted for sustainability, energy consumption, etc.
All of the old downtown buildings would be similarly restored and then put to use in ways that would benefit the community: gyms, heirloom plant
nurseries, affordable farmer's market for the products of the community gardens with vouchers for free or reduced prices for anyone who works the
gardens or is disabled/too old, a community center with activities to draw people together again so that everyone knows everyone else. Monthly
recognition/prizes to people who go above and beyond in assisting or providing additional examples - everyone likes to be recognized, right?
Maybe create a small, local industry to give jobs to those who need them or to a senior citizen who wants something to do.
Further, despite the utterly nauseating amount of money this current lottery would provide, I would try to do it all as inexpensively as possible in
order to show the rest of the U.S. that if a town of less than one thousand can do it, anyone can do it.
I'm not talking about replacing everyone's vehicle with an electric one. People need to go to work and in more places than not in the U.S. that
requires driving. Nothing over the top as it would be about making an example of what can
be done and just how inexpensively it could
be done if everyone pitched in. Of course, it would be my imaginary lottery winnings that did it and not people pitching it, but if I could prove it
could be financially possible with a little effort, then I believe more places would do it.
And, since this is my pie in the sky dream, I'd then determine the final cost and split the remaining money into 'x' number of funds containing
that amount and do the same thing in as many other places as I could.
Selfishly, I would get myself a new kitchen sink. I despise that sink. :p