1. I’m going to get paid for living there.
Yes, but no. The PFD (Permanent Fund Dividend) is reserved for people who either are or intend to be Alaska residents long term. To qualify for consideration, you’ve first got to live there a minimum of twelve months.
2. I’ll get to watch the northern lights every night.
The cold, un-minced Alaskan truth is, “Good luck with that.” The reason? Science, of course. The northern lights (aurora borealis) aren’t ‘on’ 24.7.365. They only occur when the sun sends up solar flares and/or the solar winds blow. That aside, where exactly in the state you move to and the time of year it happens to be, this may or may not be possible. In fact, there’s a strong bent towards ‘probability zero.’