Having just won a five million dollar lottery I'm speechless! Now finally, I have the financial security that I need for my later years. There's the vacation I could never afford and my debts are history. I can finally buy a nice house, a new car, and help the kids through school for my family and one or two close friend's too. Wow!! Five million dollars, and no more working for other people.

On the other hand, nice as it sounds, I can already see some potential problems from my five million dollar windfall. I can see it now, lots of friends that I never knew I had, publicity that I could well do without; for that will only bring untold numbers of people trying to sell me things that I don't need. Family conflict about who thinks they are entitled to what, already I was getting cold feet. I turned the corner to my apartment, I could not believe my eye's!! There were crowds of people milling around yelling and shouting. Someone spotted me as I rounded the corner, there was a yell and they came howling after me. I took to my heels like there were wolves on my trail and got the hell out of there as fast as I could!!

I woke up with a start, I was still in my bed but in a cold sweat. Phew!! -
It was only a dream; only a dream? It was a bloody nightmare! -
But what about my $5 million?

Eric Valentine April 25/94