In the year of 2011, a MegaMillions winner by the name of Holly Lahti won an astronomical jackpot amount. Holly is one of the biggest jackpot winners in the world after she scooped a whopping $380 million. A single mother who hated her job as a customer service rep at a bank, can now finally make her dreams of space travel and pioneering come true.
Holly comes from Rathdrum, Idaho, and before her MegaMillions win that would change her life forever, she was a single mother working at a bank. Her heart was never fully in the work. Day after day when work was slow, she would stare out the window and up to the sky. Since she was twelve-years-old, Holly had dreamed of being part of a voyage that would be revolutionary for the world, and for science.
She knew what she wanted to do, but realized that she, unfortunately, had neither the expertise nor the money to invest in something as big as her idea. That’s why, when her win came along, it was as if her dreams had been answered by a powerful, unseen force.
Holly’s estranged husband, Josh, wasn’t shy about sharing the news with everyone. Josh was jealous and very bitter as you would imagine. He tried to play it off like he didn’t care about the win. He would say things like, “That’s awesome! Now I won’t have to pay child support anymore,” to the Associated Press.
Holly has put her bitter past behind her, and she is focusing on making her lifelong dream of space travel and pioneering come true. “I want to make my daughter proud. I want to show her that I can do incredible things, and pave the way for her to follow her dreams too, now that we have the means. As a child, I was forced into University and a desk job because there was no other way I could make money. I had brains and I had talent, but that, unfortunately, wasn’t enough to put bread on the table at the end of the day,” said Holly.
She said she has never been more focused in her life. Holly has invested $224 million into the future colonization of Mars. She said that she wants to have her name behind the history-making project, and before the colonization happens, she has paid for a trip to Mars. She said that it isn’t enough to donate to NASA and have the colonization named after
To counteract this problem, she has chosen a trip to Mars. Holly Lahti will be the first ever MegaMillions winner to set foot on Mars, let alone the first human being! She said she has always wanted to be a pioneer, and got the motivation after seeing the film, “The Martian” with Matt Damon. “The film is realistic and very plausible. They consulted experts at NASA for all the background information and realistic scenarios. Many of those same researchers will be working on our mission. I just can’t believe it’s happening,” explained Holly.
The news is going viral, but NASA has chosen not to release a statement yet until they are ready with the proceedings. They are very grateful for someone who is passionate about space travel, to donate so much towards the project to see it happen. In the show of appreciation, NASA has also offered the colonized piece of land on MARS to be named after her, as well as the mission.
Holly will need to undergo intensive astronaut training to make sure she knows how to operate equipment on the space vessel, and how to survive in extreme conditions or stressful situations. She will endure rigorous training for this historic journey for approximately two years until NASA is confident she is ready.
Holly is nervous to leave her daughter behind for 3 years during the trip, but a friend of hers in mission control, who also has children, says they will keep an eye on her when she gets back from school every day. Something like this will change the course of Holly’s life forever, and her daughter understands and is fully supportive. She knows that her mother wants to make history while she still has the time.
According to NASA, a vessel with five astronauts including Holly would take six months to travel to MARS and a further six months to travel back to Earth. Upon arrival, the space pioneers will need to remain on Mars for up to two years before the planets re-align for their return trip.
Well, there you have it. Some lottery winners like to buy Aston Martins and Villas in Caprice while others dream of making history by donating a vast sum of winnings for the betterment of scientific progress, and the bright future of the human race.
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