If I had $205 million....  

mi_mwpm 51M
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4/23/2005 8:00 pm

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If I had $205 million....

I admit it, I threw ten dollars at the Mega Millions last night. Not a great investment, but it does buy you some time to dream. So, as entertainment goes, ten bucks ain't too bad. (Costs me fifty when J & I have to play at the motel )

I used to think that I could handle that kind of money, but right now I'm not so sure. My life has changed quite a bit in the last 6-8 weeks and I don't quite know how I'd deal with suddenly having a huge pile of cash thrown at me. Would I continue to play with J & R while staying married? Would I go back to being the faithful husband? Would I go totally off the deep end and become a playboy (hey, with a couple hundred million even an overweight, nearly 40-something can be a playboy)? Or, would something I haven't even considered take over instead?

While considering the (infinitesimal) potential of winning, I've come to the conclusion that I'd help out some family members, start a charitable foundation and turn that (and managing the personal funds) into my full-time job. Other than that, I still wonder about those questions I posed above.

How about you? What would you do with over two hundred million? How would it affect you, personally?

nightstogether 56M

4/24/2005 1:06 am

You know, when we fill out the coupon or whatever system is used, we all have plans over what we would do. Most of them are probably fairly selfish, and most of them are probably doomed to failure. I've played the lottery over here for a few years and had small wins, which keeps you going, but I've formed a very solid idea of what I would do. A win of the magnitude you can get in the US won't happen here; we get around 25 million as a jackpot which - let's be honest - is more than enough. I could live from the interest on that, never touch the capital; the interest is about 50,000 a month. What would I do with all that money? The occasional holiday; renovate my house to the standard I've always wanted it to be; pay off my debts; buy a few more older houses and renovate them. Nothing spectacluar because, having considered it for so long, I know that anything else is doomed to failure, and there have been enough people in the last fifty years who, with a massive lottery win, have literally partied themselves into an early grave.

private-intellectual (.de)

zenyen 65M

4/24/2005 7:32 pm

First, you change your name, move, have plastic surgery, kill the surgeon...

But seriously, first you take care of family, set up a foundation over which you have no control and refer everyone who wants money to them. Then you do what you want - buy a house, a few toys, travel - don't be extravagant or ostentatious, but live well.

zenyen 65M

4/24/2005 7:37 pm

BTW, nightstogether, I've seen it happen here, too. A man who lives in my state won a huge lottery jackpoint - like $314 million - maybe the biggest ever. He's been in trouble ever since - DUI 2 or 3 times, gambling, consorting with call girls,and his granddaughter died of an overdose (guess where she got all the money).

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