Growing a vegetable patch, bagging a munro and brushing up on cooking skills are just some of the new must haves on Scotland’s post-lockdown bucket list.
Scots are paring down their goals and opting for a simple wish list following the pandemic as many yearn for the little joys in life, according to a survey carried out by The National Lottery ahead of a £15million ‘Must Be Won’ Lotto jackpot draw this Saturday.
More than half of respondents have changed their bucket list since the Covid-19 outbreak and now dream of helping the elderly or volunteering for a charity instead of heading straight for the luxury supercar showroom, travel agent or designer clothes store.
Scotland’s wish list is now much closer to home as 43 per cent want to keep their nearest and dearest safe and 37 per cent want to reduce stress and worry while living a healthier lifestyle.
Learning a new skill is high on the agenda at the moment for many Scots, with learning a new language and improving cooking skills in the top ten list.
Scots also want to turn their passions into paychecks and are dreaming of starting their own business, with enterprises in animal care and gardening topping the list as desirable new careers.
While staying close to home is high on the wish list, Scots are still an adventurous lot and dream of exploring the beautiful countryside.
Once lockdown restrictions eased, 10 per cent would like to buy a camper van and take to the open road to explore the country or bag a munros and the West Highland Way.
For those who want to make their adventures more permanent, 8 per cent yearn to settle in the countryside while 6 per cent dream of a move to the coast.
With a £15M ‘Must Be Won’ Lotto jackpot up for grabs on Saturday, participants from across Scotland were also asked how they might spend a big lottery win.
The international jet setter lifestyle and all its trappings was firmly replaced by a seaside holiday home and a desire to be with those dearest to us.
In fact, 11 per cent of Scots dream of having a country estate where their whole family could live.
Many also want to dig deep in their pockets and spend the lottery win on a charity, the NHS or even creating a wildlife sanctuary.
Camelot’s Andy Carter, senior winners’ advisor at The National Lottery said: “Scotland’s new normal bucket list has certainly changed tack following lockdown however while our movements may have been curtailed, our dreams have not and they are now firmly focused around the simple joys of life.
1. Grow my own vegetables or get an allotment
2. Redesign my garden
3. Learn to speak a new language
4. Learn how to cook or bake
5. Buy a camper van and explore more of the UK
6. Climb a munro
7. Volunteer for a charity on a regular basis
8. Drive-in cinema experience
9. Install a hot tub
10. Have private exercise or yoga lessons to get fit
11. Move to the countryside
12. Retrain for a new career
13. Create a pub in the garden
14. Learn to sew or knit
15. Be taught meditation and mindfulness
16. Try fresh water swimming
17. Set up my own business
18. Move to the seaside
19. Befriend an isolated or lonely person locally
20. Learn a new creative hobby such as painting or pottery
“Over the years we have seen our winners relish the freedom a big win gives them, allowing them to follow their dreams.
“What we are seeing now is that those dreams are closer to home and based around the people and experiences we value the most.
“The greatest happiness often comes from having more free time to spend time with family and friends, trying a new hobby or investing in a campervan and hitting the open road.
“This research shows that if one person wins £15M on Saturday night, they are most likely to splash out on a country estate with its very own walled kitchen garden rather than a fleet of sports cars.”
Saturday, June 27’s Lotto draw is a special ‘Must Be Won’ event draw with a £15M jackpot up for grabs.
The life-changing jackpot cannot roll beyond this draw so if no one matches all six main numbers then the prize will roll down potentially creating lots of millionaires – when players match five main numbers and the bonus ball – as well as boosting the prizes at all levels.
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