ANSON: I remember when I was about 10 years old and my Dad used to always let me pick the lotto numbers for him. Every week we would go and walk to the liquor store near our house and I would fill in the bubbles of my favorite numbers. Birthday dates, pager codes, sometimes I used favorite sports icon jersey numbers like Will Clark or Michael Jordan. One time, I actually hit four numbers and won around $80. It wasn’t millions but it was definitely something more than what I had with my mini baseball card collection. My dad gave me half of the winnings. I was sorta pissed actually because I thought I’d deserve the whole thing. But when it came time to decide what to do with my $40, I went out and bought a bunch of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures. I was the coolest kid in my school for a few days with my new toys. I know it wasn’t like millions where you would obviously buy a home or even an island. But if you only won just a small amount from the Lotto, like $200, what would be the first thing you for sure would treat yourself to?
ANDERSON: If it was today, I would probably get something from the Apple Store or Best Buy. When I was a kid, I would definitely go ape shit at my favorite comic book store. I was also a big Robotech/Macross fan, so I would probably buy a toy from that lineup. Same goes with Star Wars Kenner toys. If I was in high school or college, then I would save that dinero and take a girl out on a date. Hey, I still think I have that $200 stashed somewhere in a shoebox marked “date money.” Wait, what?
JEROME: Wow, people spend $200 on dates? All of you people – please never meet the women I’m dating.
QUENTIN: $200? I’ll head to Sushi Gen, sit at the sushi bar and order a plate of toro and hamachi sashimi each.
JUSTIN: I really have a strong aversion to lotteries, slot machines and such. I feel hard work creates, among other things– luck. Lotteries are too random and thus infects our living philosophies for the worse blah blah blah. That being said, when I’ve gotten things in the past through means I deemed too random, I either shared them with co-workers/friends/family or donated it to causes (or individuals) who need help. However, one of these days I’d love to try this– take the $200, go to Vegas and bet it all on one number in roulette. And if it hits, do it again. If it got to me through chance, it should leave through chance, either that or a big fuckin’ party in Vegas.
ALFREDO: Killer foot massage followed by a large Pinkberry. (did I mention I’m actually a 30 year old woman?)
DHH: I would probably split it between my two kids, who would likely convert it into Airsoft ammo and Swarovski crystal.
ROGER: I tend to feel better if I spend my “winnings” with/on other people. Any time I have ever won money in Vegas, bingo, or any other game of chance (rare b/c I don’t like gambling), I like to take it and share it with the people I love – either through paying for a meal or buying a gift for the group/individual I’m with. Or, if I have an investment that pays out, I tend to do the same. If there’s no one around, I don’t spend the money on myself. Hence my wardrobe that fits in a backpack and a general lifestyle that tends to be rather frugal. So if no one is around, I tend to just throw my gains into savings and look for an investment to put it in. Not very exciting, I know…
IRIS: $200 bucks would probably go towards hosting a dinner party with friends. We could pick up some premium shabu shabu meat with that. Now that I’m thinking about that premium shabu meat, my mouth is starting to water. Thanks a lot, Anson!
PHILIP: $200 hooker for Offender Jerome.
JEROME: Does $200 in 2012 money get you 1990 Julia Roberts? If so, insert a line from Pretty Woman here.
EMMIE: I’d do something CRAZAY and drop it in my rainy day fund. I spent the last week reading finance books, and am being good right now. If you ask me again in a few months, I’ll probably say that I’ll buy some hookers. I can get several hot ones for $200, right?
Ok, so I just cut and pasted my response before seeing everyone else’s responses first. Now, I don’t want hookers if Jerome already has dibs. I’ll settle for a lot of Milk Duds and/or high-class potato chips.
SUNG: I’d take you all to eat some good Pho down the street from the office. Then with the $1.89 left, I would get Jerome a date with a Tranny Hooker named Floyd.
BEVERLY: $200 towards an intro to canyoneering course in Utah. Then again, I’d spend another $350 just getting there PLUS time off so in reality, it might be better NOT to win that amount. But I sure would be HAPPY! (BTW: Anderson, I have a few Robotech/Macross comic books and toys I’m trying to sell. Text me. We’ll chat.)