By Leah Rise
I have something to confess—I buy lotto tickets like it’s my job. My brain tells me I’m more likely to be eaten by a rabid woman-eating raccoon than hit the jackpot, but my heart just won’t listen. That $1 buys me more than the miniscule chance of striking it rich—it buys me that little psychological boost we call hope.
In case you haven’t been paying attention, Thursday’s powerball jackpot has reached stratospheric levels at a cool $25 million.
Just because I’ve spent half the day fantasising about my multiple trips to the Seychelles (after Rio and Tulum, that is), I’ve decided to put my wandering mind to good use with a roundup of what I’d do with my newfound wealth (after bestowing some of it on my family and pioneering foundations championing female empowerment and the arts, obviously).
Take a peek into the fevered fantasies of a mind already in the throes of celebrating the big win, and let me know what you’d do with your prize money (feel free to suggest some lucky numbers too). The draw begins at 7:45pm, so get ready to make the pilgrimage to 7-11.
If you’re a diehard fan of Zara and are counting down the days to the opening of COS, you are probably already addicted to the fashion-forward clothing designs at Witchery. This Australian company might be a mass retailer in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, but other than a few European and Middle Eastern countries to which the brand ships, it can’t be found overseas, which makes it that much more exclusive.
Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment
Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment is one of Australia’s best-kept secrets. I first discovered this miracle substance while interviewing an Australian pro surfer, who declared it the one item she couldn’t live without. From sunburn to insect bites, there’s nothing this ointment can’t heal. Use it as a lip balm or as a treatment for dermatitis.
Jim Beam and Cola
Forget posh wines or champagne. For a fun night out on the town, you can’t go wrong with Jim Beam and Cola. Jim Beam is one of Australia’s best-selling spirits, and while there are rumours of its appearance in the Southern states, these are as yet unconfirmed. Whether the legendary mixture fills you with intrigue and wonder or the thought of alcohol on pounds of sugar makes you recoil in horror, you can’t deny that the striking packaging promises a good time. As there’s no inside info on Jim Beam and Cola coming to a market near you, you can take the DIY route by mixing your own.
One of Australia’s most useful products, the Nu-Brush slips onto your hand like a Ring Pop worn backwards, except that instead of candy it contains rows and rows of plastic teeth. The Nu-Brush is no ordinary comb. This Australian-made geo-comb promises to revitalise your scalp, remove dandruff, massage your body and remove cellulite, all in one fell swoop. That last point especially makes this one of the first purchases I’d make.
Behind the Scenes VIP small group tour at Sydney Wildlife World
If you love cuddling mischievous little critters, you won’t want to miss the “Behind the Scenes VIP small group tour” at Sydney Wildlife World. You’ll get a lot more out of it than just wandering around the park. You won’t stop at just cuddling a koala, with numerous chances to get up close and personal with a range of Australian animals.
Forget those drugstore brands. With my newfound wealth, I’d be slathering on my skin only the finest products from Australian skincare brand Aesop.
Tasmanian Rain Water
Not content with boring old tap water, I would take to drinking only Tasmanian Rain Water, purportedly some of the purest water on earth.