“Hey! What time is it?” Boomer asked as if it was an emergency.
“Um, It’s ten minutes before 8 o’clock. Why?” She asked.
“Go get your lottery ticket and get that cake out while you’re at it. I didn’t forget and you didn’t bring it up.” He teased .
“Do you remember, the reason for my cooking dinner here tonight?”
“I sure do. The cake is on the counter over there coming to room temp. I’ll run to get my ticket. Are you going to turn the TV on?” She asked as she ran down the hallway to her bedroom.
“Yes, I’ll put it on the channel.”
As she dug the lottery ticket out of her drawer, she wished they could win something, anything at this point. It would at least make her and Boomer smile, maybe even laugh.
She returned to the living room with her Birthday Lottery Ticket in hand which was the exact same as Boomer’s. She knew he wanted her to feel excited tonight and have the fun he had planned. She was already having fun.
“Raven, I’m feeling a real authentic, and very emotional moment here. We should enjoy a few seconds of high anticipation before we find out if we’re Billionaires.”
“Oh, I’m thinking positive dear brother. No doubts.”
“Just remember, we are winners no matter what. We got another two meals out of leftovers, a free cake, a fun time together, and you don’t have to worry about money because you know my business is good. I’ll help you out with everything for as long as you need.” He looked seriously at her and asked, “Feel better now?”
“Yes, extremely. I will look hard, send out more resumes than the Internet can handle. I’ll go on every single interview until I get that job God has already lined up for me. I already feel better. Thank you for giving me the security of knowing you’re there to help if I need it too. It does make me feel better.” She smiled at him and he smiled back in agreement.
Boomer had the TV on and the channel set. He rubbed his hands together and said, “Let’s get this show on the road. I’m ready for some Celebration cake.” They chuckled and watched the Television as the numbers started rolling out.
“Here we go. The numbers are turning, now filling the shoot, and were off!” He was sounding like a racetrack announcer. She listened to him and thought, he’s really into.
He handed her a piece of paper and a pen. “Ready to write these numbers down?”
“Ready. Fire away.”
“7, 12, 21, 34, 42 and the Powerball number is 10.”
“How’d we do? Any numbers at all?” He asked.
Raven was staring at the ticket unsure if she was doing, reading and thinking correctly. It all went so fast. Could you read those numbers to me again, Boomer?” She said.
“I’m going too fast for the college gragiate? He misspoke the work with an accent on purpose to make more fun. He didn’t realize she needed to make sure the numbers he said were for real.
“7, 12, 21, 34, 42 and the Powerball number is 10.” He was looking at her and asked what’s the hold-up, “Did we win anything or not?” He grabbed his own ticket to look and heard her say, “We won.” He started laughing as if she were joking around with him now.
He looked at his ticket. He looked at the TV. He read the numbers and the smile dropped off his face as fast as the number balls had dropped down the shoot.
He had read his own ticket with the same exact numbers several times to make sure he wasn’t seeing things. He jumped to his feet. He ran his hands through his hair and said, “We won! We really won!” His heart rate was climbing, and he was talking faster.
“I always imagined winning. Now I can’t believe it has happened. Can this be true?” He asked her again.
“Hey! You picked the numbers and bought the tickets.”
“Raven, we won! This is real. The lottery site on my laptop is say there are winners tonight. We may have won with some others and we’ll all split the money. Two Billion dollars take home. There are…Oh My Gosh! Two winners! Those two tickets belong to us!” He yelled.
“Well…this was intended to be a fun event now it’s a huge event!” She looked at his laptop where he had pulled up the lottery’s website. The numbers posted were identical to their numbers on their tickets.
She let out a laugh, covered her mouth with her hand, then she too, began jumping up and down.
“We won, we won Boomer. It’s real.”
Boomer was still in shock.
“That’s a lot of money, Raven.” He began to laugh and cheer. They hugged each other as they jumped up and down and laughed some more. They looked at their tickets and the website several more times, until they were grasping the reality.
“Praise God!” Raven said.
“Yes!” Boomer agreed. “Praise God!”
The news came up on the website that there were only two winners tonight. The news stations were announcing the Lottery as news and there were only two winners.
Boomer yelled and cheered louder than Raven had ever heard him before. He jumped and raised his arms and punched the air in celebration.
“Raven, do you realize this is the single largest jackpot in lottery history? We’re the two winners?” Without waiting for an answer from his sister he said, “They were predicting many winners to win this when it did hit. It’s just too large and too odd for this to go up this high.” Boomer was talking faster than she had ever heard him talk before.
“The take home amount is ‘Two Billion dollars’. That is unfathomable and unheard of. No one ever thought this could happen.”
“No one but God.” Raven said.
“This is a miracle!” He exclaimed. “God’s still in the miracle working business!”
Raven was regaining all her senses that had suddenly abandoned her during the commotion. She kept jumping up and down and yelling with Boomer.
After they had exhausted themselves and calmed down a bit, Boomer said they needed to devise a plan on when, how, and where they were going to claim the jackpot.
“You know about this stuff, Boomer, where do we go from here other than planning together?”
He rubbed his chin, thinking and said, “We need a notebook. We need to make notes and not on the computer. We don’t want anything remotely going into the ‘cloud’.”
Raven ran and brought out a fresh new ring binder. “Okay, number one thing to do?”
“Prepare yourself for the life-changing events to begin.”
“I agree and it is definitely number one at the top of the list.”
“Find an attorney, and a C.P.A. to guide us through this.” It was Boomer the businessman thinking and talking.
“Go claim the money!” They both squealed and laughed.
“We also need to prepare a list of what we plan on doing with all that money.” Raven said. “I’ve read where a lot of people blitz through it and in five years, they are broke.”
“Well, it would take us seven years with this kind of money. They burst out laughing again. They were completely giddy.
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