Winning a Powerball jackpot would change anyone's life dramatically. But, winning a huge Powerball jackpot could also impact your local community if you decided to invest some of that money into local businesses or attractions.

With a significant amount of money, you could bring back businesses or attractions that you have been missing. This could also significantly help out the community if your business offers well-paying jobs.

You may agree with the things that I would buy or create to return to our community. You may completely disagree, but I think these are some of the things I would spend my own personal fortune on if I were so lucky as to win the Powerball jackpot. Be sure to give us your thoughts on what you would spend your money on if you win a massive amount of money.

Bj's Pizza
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BJ's Pizza

This business just recently closed. I know that we have several really great pizza restaurants in our community. We don't have a lack of delicious pizza creations to choose from in Lafayette, but each time we lose a restaurant, I feel like we lose a little bit of what makes our community so great. I would set up a new BJ's Pizza for fans of the eatery.

Maurice Heymann Memorial Park
Photo courtesy of Lafayette Government

Heymann Memorial Park Fountain

Here is where I am really going to show my age. From my youngest years, I loved to go  Heymann Memorial Park at the corner of South College and Girard Park Drive so that we could go to the fountain that was there. Times change, and so do community needs, and no the fountain is no more. I used to love to play in the grass around the fountain, we would have picnics there, and it was lovely just to sit and watch the fountain while hearing its soothing splashing. There just aren't many fountains left in Lafayette.

The Real Superstore
Photo by Lawrence Erny

The Real Super Store

Just for fun and to employ people, it would be fun to bring back the Real Super Store grocery store. I'm not knocking any other grocery stores or grocery store chains because we have some amazing places to purchase our food, but I loved the huge deli section of the store along with the large bakery. They had the best chocolate eclairs filled not with Bavarian cream, but chocolate. It was two pieces of delicious bread with a tremendous amount of chocolate on the outside and a layer of chocolate on the top of the bread. Yummy!!! As an added bonus, it was always fun to watch the employees who knew how to skate, roller skate around the store.

Acadiana Mall Fountain

Acadiana Mall Fountain

Because I am sure it is very expensive to operate is the reason that the Acadiana Mall decided to do away with the fountain, but I loved that fountain. I know it may sound silly, but the sound of water jetting into the air and splashing down is very soothing. I would want a setup with a meandering structure like it used to look. I would choose to add some comfortable seating. I would also add the little 'cave' feature that existed when the fountain was there before. The water would flow over a structure at the top creating a small area below where a bench was placed. You and your significant other could sit there and watch a sheet of water fall and a little mist would even hit your face. It was extremely peaceful.

ShowBiz Pizza Times Of Acadiana Article
Courtesy of Astor Morgan

ShowBiz Pizza

I would create a new ShowBiz Pizza because "it's where a kid can be a kid", at least that's what their slogan said. I want the total bear jamboree, all of the games and at least quadruple the amount of skeeball games. I love skeeball, I always have. I stink at the game, but it never stops me from playing. I would employ entertaining people to make it fun for all ages, and I would also employ a massive amount of super-qualified, super-responsible babysitters so that the parents can have fun as well.

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