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The end of the year is notoriously the most expensive time of year, whether you celebrate the holidays or not. Office gift exchanges, presents, travel to see family, and extra meals out create a cash suck. Now, imagine an alternative to all that financial stress: a lottery win in the midst of “the most wonderful time of the year.” The currently climbing lottery jackpots just might provide a few fortune-favored winners the opportunity to have their best holiday season ever. If you are one such lucky lotto player, here are a few ideas for how to treat yourself to an epic December:

1. Stay at the Cabin or Lodge of Your Dreams

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For those who love the snow, there’s no better way to immerse yourself than in a cozy cabin or ski lodge. Whether you love a relaxing sauna session or hitting the slopes, there are options for anyone. Many resorts and rentals are also family-friendly and offer discounted lift tickets and activities for children. Go ahead, treat yourself.

2. Go Heliskiing or Heliboarding

Heliksir — HELISKI CAUCASUS

Feeling fearless? This is arguably the most intrepid winter activity out there. Helicopters carry experienced skiers and snowboarders to the top of untouched peaks where they are left to ride down steep, flawless mountain faces. Experienced winter athletes cite this as one of their greatest thrills but, be forewarned, this one is not for novices or the faint of heart.

3. Throw an Unforgettable Holiday Bash

Stocksnap.io — Jake Owens

Holiday parties don’t need to be stuffy! Get creative and throw your friends and family a party none of you will ever forget. Whether it’s a black tie affair with real reindeer, a costume party on the slopes in Vail, or a pajama party with an Elvis impersonator and fountains of nacho cheese, you have the means to throw the soiree of the century. Go all out.

4. Travel The Country Via Train

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Imagine traveling up the gorgeous California coast or making the nostalgia-filled journey from New York City all the way to San Francisco, all from the comfort and warmth of a train car. Rail vacation packages can be purchased for yourself or a group and promise sites along the way like Times Square, the Hudson River, the Rocky Mountains, and Fisherman’s Wharf. For anyone looking to explore the U.S. and have a unique holiday experience, this might be the option for you.

5. Surprise Families by Paying For Their Gifts on Layaway

Stocksnap.io — Michal Jarmoluk

Although there are plenty of flashy ways to spend your newly-won cash, this may be the most fulfilling option of all. Many large retailers offer layaway plans for families who are unable to take on the financial burden of the holidays all at once. Follow in the footsteps of other anonymous donors who have generously paid off the cost of layaway gifts for hundreds of families. You have the potential to not only give a merry holiday season, but to change lives. Winning feels good, but paying it forward feels even better.