â€œIf I won 625 million dollars,â€ said Wanda, the post room lady, â€œI wouldnâ€™t tell a soul. Not one soul. Or people would want a piece of it and I will not have that shit. I will not.â€
Returning to New York could not have been in greater contrast to my time in the UK â€“ quiet, sober in both senses of the word, solemn, simple, sad – as I said goodbye to my Grandpa.
Lotto fever had passed me by, so this was a dramatic volte face, an immersion back into the life of the city I had left behind.
I signed for my parcel and Wanda shrugged, â€œAnyway, you donâ€™t know. I mighta won the lotto already and this job is just a cover. Iâ€™m working here so nobody knows Iâ€™m a millionaire.â€
Iâ€™d been thinking about tea-making, bible readings and hymn singing for the last week, but here, the question on everybodys lips was; what would you do if you won 625 million dollars?
Jess had already made some promises via the medium of Facebook, all written down, in case it came to a court case. Â A pony for a friend. A car, a holiday, a kitten and goodness knows what else.
Lara had grander plans; â€œIâ€™d buy a private Island.â€
But if the last intense week with my family has taught me anything, it is that being all alone on an Island, even a luxury one, might not be all its cracked up to be.
â€œYouâ€™d probably only get about 250 cash in hand,â€ said Jon, mathematician. â€œAfter taxes and after everything. Iâ€™m not saying itâ€™s not a lot of money. Obviously. But itâ€™s only 10 mega penthouses in New York when you think about it, after you factor in furnishings and the building charge.â€
Just like that, a fortune beyond the dreams of avarice reduced to a property portfolio of fancy Manhattan 2 beds.
This gently floral scented cocktail makes perfect Easter drinking.
Â½ cup sugar Â½ cup water 1 tbsp dried lavender 1 bottle Champagne Â
- Pour the water, sugar and lavender into a pan and heat until the sugar has entirely dissolved
- Strain out the lavender and chill the syrup until needed
- Pour 1 Â½ tsp of the syrup into a flute and top up with chilled champagne