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What would you do if you won the lottery?
« on: February 08, 2011, 06:51:16 PM »
I was watching a new episode of Castle Monday and they had fun with one thing everyone supposedly thinks about. What would you do if you won a big (lets say for the sake of argument and after taxes, 100 million dollars American) jackpot in a lottery. NEW RULE: You can't say I'd invest it well, pay off my debts, and otherwise act like a responsible adult. Okay you can, but debt clearing and any other number of things along that line are understood to be done, all right?

I think I would buy myself a big old wooden sailing ship. It would have inboard motors and modernistic stuff of course. It would be big enough to sail on the ocean but small enough that I could do it alone in any given situation. Then I would buy sailing lessons and then sail the world. I've always liked doing it but we moved away from any worthwhile bodies of water before I was really old enough to learn.

To quote Capt. Jack Sparrow, "A ship isn't rudders and sails. That's what a ship needs. What a ship is, is freedom."
« Last Edit: March 04, 2011, 07:32:36 PM by Inkidu »

Offline Callie Del Noire

Re: What would you do if you won the lottery?
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2011, 07:02:35 PM »
Hmm...

in my whimsical moods.. a lot of silly things. Take the lump sum and burn through it too quickly.

When I think about it serious?

Take the anuity, pay my taxes/bills up front and live off the interest (with a few large trusts for friends and their kids) and live fairly well off of a few mil a year.. after a few years of putting the large chunk of it aside I could most likely live off the interest quickly enough.

Offline Shjade

Re: What would you do if you won the lottery?
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2011, 07:10:56 PM »
Invest 90% for long-term dividends/interest.

Use the other 10 mil to buy four homes - nothing extravagant, but large enough to be comfortable and in convenient locations - for myself, my parents (living separately), and my sister; as much of it as needed to get my grandmother back on her feet financially and fix up her house; and get myself a car. I would wager that'd still leave a fair amount for day to day needs and small luxuries - computer upgrades, decoration, furniture, etc. - while the bulk sits around growing at a rate to maintain relative consistency. If I'm underestimating the costs here I could always invest a bit less - maybe make it 15/85 instead.

I dunno, I'm a pretty low-maintenance person, so as long as I could keep my current lifestyle without stressing and help out the immediate family with their financial troubles, everything else would just kinda go on whimsy within reason. I'd keep my current job, I think, just because I need something to do and, well, I like helping folks, but it'd be nice to not stress about finding more work (which I currently am attempting) because I wouldn't need more substantial income.

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Re: What would you do if you won the lottery?
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2011, 07:37:12 PM »
I'm kind of with Shjade here.  I could pay off the house, and buy enough fabric and floss to do the walls in tapestries, should I choose.  Maybe I'd put on an addition - I've always wanted a turret room with windows on all sides.

Offline Callie Del Noire

Re: What would you do if you won the lottery?
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2011, 08:03:04 PM »
First thing.. call my VERY Successful brother to find a reliable accountant.


Offline pandaandthelion

Re: What would you do if you won the lottery?
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2011, 09:28:55 PM »
Well First Of I'd Do what Shjade Put 90% In a Long Term Investment Then use the other 10% and move closer to my boyfriend Buy A house and if need be Pay the mortage Off with whatever cash is in the long term investment, then I'd Buy a car, Lots of compters and Technology since I'm Kinda a nerd, Tv, Things for the house, Then i'd Probably Invest in Property's and live of whatever i get from the investments

Offline Callie Del Noire

Re: What would you do if you won the lottery?
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2011, 10:57:58 PM »
I'd build a house. One with all sorts of perks and gimmicks (cause I'm a geek.) there would be a massive computer setup, a work shop and a gamer room (complete with that legacy style table I saw once) for my RPGs.. most likely I'd move back to where I lived in Georgia with my gamer buds are.

Offline Caeli

Re: What would you do if you won the lottery?
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2011, 11:08:27 PM »
I'm going to be boring and serious. -_- First, I'd pay off all my student loans and pay back my parents. Then I'd pay for grad school tuition. Move in with my boyfriend in a small, cozy little place and get some furniture.

Then get a job and slowly use the rest on nice vacations, like cruises to Alaska or backpacking trips in Europe. :-)

Offline Starlequin

Re: What would you do if you won the lottery?
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2011, 12:15:39 AM »
Hm. 100,000,000? First, I'd take a moment to give a great big evil laugh at the universe's foolish foolishness for finally giving me the chance to become a supervillain. And then...I'd buy a moon laser. Or a space station. And maybe an army of flying sharks.  O8)

Offline Hemingway

Re: What would you do if you won the lottery?
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2011, 06:38:54 AM »
100 million dollars. In the local currency, that's almost 600 million. That's more money than anyone should have.

I mean, even after buying all the things I wanted, and securing a comfortable future for myself and generations to come, I'd still have more money than I'd know what to do with. I could take 20% off the top, and never have to worry about money again in my life.

Which is probably what I'd do, and then try to write something half-decent and have it published. Then I'd get rid of the rest. Find worthy causes and give it all away. There is no scenario in which I will ever need that kind of money. It honestly would be a burden.

Offline Caehlim

Re: What would you do if you won the lottery?
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2011, 07:51:03 AM »
I'd split it with my immediate family and also with my best friend. Divided six ways it's still over 16 million dollars each. I'd invest most of my share of the money so that I can live off the dividends.

Although that would probably still give me more money than I would want. I don't want to live a rock-star lifestyle, just comfortably and with some good friends.

Offline Craz

Re: What would you do if you won the lottery?
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2011, 12:47:19 PM »
The first thing I do? Visit each family member of mine and pay off their mortgages. Then take a month off work, travel across Europe. And then put 90% of what's left into a savings account. Then I'd rent myself an apartment, buy a car, and continue working on getting my degree.

I'd also probably splurge, buy a few hundred dollars worth of miniatures, complete my RPG library, and build myself a new gaming computer.



Oh, and that table. Because I want an ultimate gaming table. Being a host for RPGs is always such a joy for me, and I love it when I can do stuff for my group.
« Last Edit: February 11, 2011, 03:57:45 PM by Craz »

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Re: What would you do if you won the lottery?
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2011, 01:03:13 PM »
I can say many things about what I'd do, but I can say one thing I would NOT do. Tell anyone about it.

Like... ever.

I'd try to find ways how to gift some money to my family and closest friends, but telling anyone up front could create so much drama and so much bile I wouldn't be interested in it. And I'd probably certainly donate a considerable sum to the needy. And Veks. That would still leave us more than enough for this lifetime and the next.
« Last Edit: February 11, 2011, 01:04:17 PM by jouzinka »

Offline Callie Del Noire

Re: What would you do if you won the lottery?
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2011, 03:19:40 PM »
Craz.. you want a GAMING table.. this site has them.. with the price that you'd have to be a lotto winner.

http://www.geekchichq.com/Co_Store/The_Showroom/The_Showroom.html

Check out the sultan. 8 GRAND

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Re: What would you do if you won the lottery?
« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2011, 03:57:30 PM »
I'd prefer the Emissary, personally. The Sultan's not my style.

BUT HOLY SHIT!!!! That is crazy!

Offline Callie Del Noire

Re: What would you do if you won the lottery?
« Reply #15 on: February 11, 2011, 09:28:58 PM »
Yeah..the sultan is the table you can die knowing your great grandchildren will be bickering over (even if they aren't gamers). It's built to last.

I like the layered set for the map layout.

Offline Vezaphire

Re: What would you do if you won the lottery?
« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2011, 09:12:09 PM »
Quit my job.  Sit down with my gaming books. Get at least six games prepped and ready, then go find three groups to GM for, and four to play in.  I'll be gaming every day, baby!

And some other more practical stuff, but that's no fun to talk about.

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Re: What would you do if you won the lottery?
« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2011, 11:37:10 PM »
Pay off all my bills, purchase a nice vehicle, and home. Invest a large portion of it and live off the interest as much as possible... Oh and several charties... St. Judes and Shrines to start with.

Offline Phoenix

Re: What would you do if you won the lottery?
« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2011, 07:53:04 AM »
Pay back my mother-in-law who is a dear, beautiful woman who has helped us so much. I would help a couple of friends, but anonymously.

Then I would build a feng shui'd house for my family. I would build a greenhouse. I would homeschool my child with enki method.

Then I would create a not-for-profit facility with multiple little cottages to help single young mothers who wanted to parent their children but were being pressured to adopt out or abort them. This has been a dream of mine for a long time. I would love to have the money to make it happen.

Oh, and I would try to get published, as well. Right now I can't afford it.

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Re: What would you do if you won the lottery?
« Reply #19 on: February 15, 2011, 11:17:32 AM »
  After getting myself out of debt, and all the other responsible and boring things mentioned before me, I'd go to college. Full time. For the rest of my life. I love learning, and that would be a great way to spend my life. Sure, I'd get a comfortable house, invest a lot of my money to make sure I get an income I can live on comfortably, but a large chunk of my money would go towards a 70-year college education. Anything left goes to charity.

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Re: What would you do if you won the lottery?
« Reply #20 on: February 17, 2011, 01:32:44 AM »
lol my bf and I have talked about this a lot. first off we'd get a hold of his lawyer friend before even turning the ticket in. we'd have him one get all our back owed debts sorted, and a Family trust set up, then turn the ticket in. once that was done. each kid gets a mil or two intrest bearing trust account for college (or  settlements at 18, 21, and remaining at 25). buy about 100 acres of land. find a spot, get his arcetect buddy to design a house, and then have his boss build it. cars for both of us that aren't falling down peices of junk. five mil in an intrest bearing account so we can just live off the intrest. get my business Which Way actually up and running, set up a scholarship fund for Pagans that want to go to college.  help some close friends. maybe give my inlaws some, depends on how pissy my mother inlaw is at the timne, but i'd at the very least pay off their house and cars. donate to St. Jude, Montel's MS charity, and the one Trace Atkins was fronting on the Apprentice. hire a nanny and a tutor who don't mind traveling, cuz after all that's sorted, going on  a vaction with an unknown end date, to see all the places in the world we want. oh and buy a house in Ireland and Scotland, only cuz we can't decide which we actually like best.

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Re: What would you do if you won the lottery?
« Reply #21 on: February 17, 2011, 07:34:20 PM »
I would try to keep it a secret as well.  Probably wouldn't work out too well unless you just moved across the world.

I'd buy about 700 acres of the nicest most temperate land I could find and Jurassic Park fence it off.  Buy a few nice condos in a few nice cities and invest the rest.  Probably would make an adventure out of giving money to the poor rather than just giving it to a charity.  Get a squad together and see what we can accomplish.

Offline Cheka Man

Re: What would you do if you won the lottery?
« Reply #22 on: February 18, 2011, 01:30:42 PM »
I'd try and keep it a secret. I'd spend a fifth on pleasure, a fifth on a house, a fifth on family members, a fifth would be saved and a fith on paying any debts/taxes plus any needed bribes.

Offline TheLovelyMaid

Re: What would you do if you won the lottery?
« Reply #23 on: February 20, 2011, 01:12:51 PM »
I'd pull Borders out of their slump, or at least make them keep the one in my neighborhood. The rest would go into me hiring a personal trainer, moving out, paying my parents what they've paid for my education and whatever is left would be donated to the clean water initiative.

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Re: What would you do if you won the lottery?
« Reply #24 on: February 23, 2011, 09:57:36 AM »
100 millions? HA

I'd buy/build a castle like house (with park) in the middle of the city and a mansion in the country, retrofit them to be zero-emission and fill them with geek gadgetry and secret passages (at least one made by a rotating library and a candle). I could go on creating details for these building forever but I think you got the idea. This will require a few millions.

Help family and friends by paying off mortgages/debts.

Invest the remaining sum in durable things possibly protected by finance storms and use profit to live and to finance initiatives that push the world in the direction I like (this includes hiring professional trolls to deface politicians/ecclsiastics hypocrisy).

Oh, and hire good engineers to build me the Iron Man armor.