Where Your Dreams Become Reality
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Subject: RE: Do you personally know a big-time lotto winner ($10 million +)?
Not me, although I did once win $15 in the Powerball. Tried not to blow it all at once on cappuccinos. ;)
I don't buy tickets that often, maybe once in a while if I'm in the mood or the jackpot is especially large.
I hope I'd be smart about it if I did win a lot of $. I'd start by consulting a financial adviser I could trust, so I'd make good investments, give some to family members, some to charity, and have some fun with some of it. I'd work but at something I cared about regardless of money (maybe some type of volunteer work): a balance between helping myself and others.
I'd travel to some places I've wanted to see, though not going all out in luxury. I'd be easily able to visit family members and friends in different parts of the country.
The things I consider luxuries now I probably still would if I had millions: being able to just browse around in a bookstore and buy whatever interested me; or buy running gear I like--although honestly, I make running clothes last a pretty long time... mostly I prefer to spend the money on shoes and race entries. Most importantly, I think the money would buy time to do what I most enjoy and value, time to spend with family and friends, time to run and swim, things of that type.
I think that a person needs to start with some basic values or money will just bowl them over. Happens to new pro athletes sometimes. They suddenly have much more money than they ever did and yet are barely out of their teens.
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