Question of the week

If you won the lottery for $300 million, what's the first thing you would buy?

Rebecca Mears, Freshman, Modesto High School

"I admit I would be very tempted to just go to the mall and spend it all. However, I would probably put a good chunk of it in the bank for my college tuition (as of now, I plan to go to Harvard, so that money is needed). Then I would set aside anywhere from $900,000 to $2 million for my parents. I would also keep a very nice $100,000 for my own personal spending money. The rest of the $300 million would go to various charities (especially toward alternative energy research, and helping resolve California's water shortage). As for the first thing I would buy, well let's just say I've been eyeing a nice $100 watch from Harajuku."

Nora Cassidy, Junior, Modesto High School

"As I just came back from visiting my brother at his expensive college, buying my brother's and my college educations is the first thing that came to mind when thinking about large amounts of money. While I feel guilty about not saying something more charitable, I justify my decision with three reasons. First, my brother and I will be able to help more people if we have a college education. Secondly, a more charitable use of my money would definitely be second on my list of things to buy. Lastly, college is really expensive!"

Victoria Pardini, Sophomore, Modesto High School

"The very first thing I would buy if I won the lottery isn't necessarily a set 'thing,' but more an insurance of sorts. I would put away money for my college education, as well as help my siblings with the rest of their tuitions. In my opinion, education is my biggest and most important concern right now, so I'd say that the lottery would help to pay for such a big goal in my life."

Amelia Varni, Sophomore, Central Catholic High School

"I would definitely give a large amount of money to some sort of charity for children. However, I would spend a lot of it on nice things that my family can enjoy. I would like to buy my family a beach house directly on the shore. I would also buy myself the ultimate Sweet 16 present -- a new car! In addition, I would pay for my school tuition and save a great fraction of the money for myself and for my future family."

Tyler Robertson, Sophomore, Modesto High School

"Assuming I was 18 or older when I won the lottery, I would probably put it toward a house near my college. Now, not to be harsh on dorms, but they just sound awful. After all the horror stories I've gotten from my mom, I think I would rather have just about anything over a dorm. I've never lived in one, but I would sure rather have a house than a dorm, hands down. Plus, a house has a lot more growing space than a dorm. It would allow for more freedoms and stuff I actually enjoy doing, without worrying about my roommate getting angry at me. I think a house would be a solid first investment with my money."

Sasha Riddle, Junior, Beyer High School

"A really big wallet and The Modesto Bee! No, really ... I would probably buy an endless plane ticket around the world and travel until I had seen everything there is to see! But before you think I am too selfish ... I would also donate a portion to some worthwhile charities dedicated to making the world a better place!"

Michelle Vecchio, Senior, Whitmore Charter High School

"If I won $300 million, the first thing I would buy would be plane tickets to Europe for me and my family. Britain, France, Spain, Italy ... we would take a European tour just like all the wealthy English gentlemen and ladies do in my favorite novels. My mom and I wouldn't have to drool over scenes of the European countryside anymore or look at each other longingly and say, 'Don't you want to go there?' We would go, then buy that little cottage in the countryside we always dreamed of. Ah ... if only!"