You JUST won the Half Billion Mega Millions -> What would you do in the first 24 hours?

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I rarely play the lottery. I think the last time I played was the last time it got to a "record" high a year or two ago?

540 million is the mega million. So, I put $10 on it. Of course, I literally have a better chance at getting struck by lighting hundreds of times before I win, but still, its fun to play "if I won.."

If you won it, how do you envision the next 24 hours of your life?

Myself:

  • Call in to work sick. If my boss asked me with what, I would say 540 MILLION DOLLARS and a fake cough. (of course the cash option is less, and that is taxed, but you are still looking at 200 million with crude math in my head right now).
  • Call my ex wife, laugh hysterically, tell her to Google me + lottery.
  • Call my dad , sister , grandparents , tell them all to quit their jobs ASAP if they so please
  • Take a poop in my annoying neighbors yard
  • Update my status on Facebook, and offer the first 10 comments $10,000 as long as they comment their: paypal e-mail and tell a joke that actually makes me laugh out loud
Those are things I would definitely do in the first 24 hours.



Interested to hear other, more responsible people's responses. Not talking long term investments, I am just talking about things you can get done in a 24 hour period after you found out!


Ryan
  • Originally Posted by ryanmckinney View Post


    540 million is the mega million. So, I put $10 on it. Of course, I literally have a better chance at getting struck by lighting hundreds of times before I win, but still, its fun to play "if I won.."

    Interested to hear other, more responsible people's responses. Not talking long term investments, I am just talking about things you can get done in a 24 hour period after you found out!

    Ryan
    You literally have a better chance at getting struck by lighting hundreds of times, WHILE being attacked by a gang of polar bears in Central Park - but let's not lighten the odds

    Maybe I'll set the wheels in motion to start my own Super Pac - :rolleyes:
    Stephen Colbert says: "For a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow" - But why put off til tomorrow, what you can put off today? :p
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanmckinney
      Originally Posted by MoneyMagnetMagnate View Post

      You literally have a better chance at getting struck by lighting hundreds of times, WHILE being attacked by a gang of polar bears in Central Park - but let's not lighten the odds

      Maybe I'll set the wheels in motion to start my own Super Pac - :rolleyes:
      Stephen Colbert says: "For a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow" - But why put off til tomorrow, what you can put off today? :p

      Ha, I love watching Stephen. I remember him on the Daily Show.

      But.. you can't win if you don't play .. SOMEONE has to win it.
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      • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
        I would send my ID, personal details, FAX number, and bank account details to Nigeria ASAP after paying the $10,000 processing fee so I could get the inheritance from my long lost uncle that I didn't even know existed.
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  • Start up my own lottery for 2 million. Advertise it using a few more million, and make LOTS.


    Easssy cash!
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  • On second thought: Maybe I'll just give it all to my favorite charity...'Dogs Need Skateboards'

    Won't you please help this worthy cause?

    'Dogs Need Skateboards' - "because a halfpipe, is a terrible thing to waste"
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    With my luck? I'd die of a heart attack when they handed me the check and my sons would be rich

    What I would not do is be an ass....to anyone. It's one thing to be arrogant when you have earned huge amounts of money - quite another when the wealth is created by a stroke of luck.

    First thing - put expert legal and financial advisers on retainer.

    I'd share equally with my sons - give some away - and do what I damn well please after that.

    I hope on this drawing there are multiple winners - that's too much money for one person.

    I only work part-time now - but I would call in "rich". And I'd give a healthy check to everyone I work with to share the windfall.
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    • Profile picture of the author kenmichaels
      I think i would simply fall to my knees , look upwards...

      and say "thank you"

      Don't know what i would do beyond that.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael D Forbes
      Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

      What I would not do is be an ass....to anyone.

      First thing - put expert legal and financial advisers on retainer.
      My respect for you just went up yet another notch. Smart.

      I will never put a dime toward a lottery so I guess I don't get to play. So...

      The 24 hours after I don't win, I'll probably carry on as usual.
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    • Profile picture of the author HeySal
      Originally Posted by Kay King View Post


      What I would not do is be an ass....to anyone.
      Oh I would. I am already so I wouldn't want people to think that the money changed me so very much.

      Actually. I know I'd hire accountants and an advisor. I also know I'd invest in the ID silver processor. I'd stake a few claims of my own, too, then open them up as fee digs.

      And I'd buy Ricky a major huge vanilla ice cream cone, and me a cheesecake and we'd sit and eat it while figuring out a tour route for a trip to all of the places I'd go right now if I could.

      Then I'd just think about it while I took a month long trip and decide where to go from there. I know I'd use some of it to help restore the ecosystems somewhere. But I really would want the month to just chill and think about it before really digging into more than I'd need to take the trip and do some gem hunting.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanmckinney
    The only co-worker I would give some money to would be my old boss, woman had a heart of gold!

    I'd probably donate a large sum to the Wounded Warriors foundation as well.

    I am sure I would need a new pair of underwear!
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    • Profile picture of the author kenmichaels
      Originally Posted by ryanmckinney View Post


      I am sure I would need a new pair of underwear!
      ha ha ... me too
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  • Profile picture of the author 100k
    In b4 Pewep!
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanmckinney
    Just saw it was uped to 640 mil. So .. 250 ish after taxes (cash option of 462).

    Jebus!
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    • Profile picture of the author TG12
      I'd be afraid to go outside or do anything! I wouldn't get drunk as I normally would. I would sit there and figure out what to do next haha
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      • Originally Posted by TG12 View Post

        I'd be afraid to go outside or do anything! I wouldn't get drunk as I normally would. I would sit there and figure out what to do next haha
        Well, of course not - you can afford much better scotch now!
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  • Profile picture of the author Charlotte Jay
    1. Actually try and convince my husband that we got all six numbers ( he is the biggest skeptic ever!!)
    2. Retain, attorneys, financial planners etc Change phone numbers/email addresses as well. Maybe form a trust so my identity is safe, I hate to say it there are a bunch of thieving grubbers out there.
    3. Go crazy for a few days (OMG, did I just win?!?!?!)
    4. Vacation/renovations on my house/buy investment property/overseas property/shop til I drop spree/college funds
    5. Distribute to my favourite charities and family. Maybe friends too if they are nice to me lol

    In all honesty, I'm probably just going to wing it and do what my CPA/attorney recommends
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  • Profile picture of the author David Maschke
    Just found out my wife is still cancer free.

    Some stuff you just can't buy.

    Special thanks HeySal for helping us!
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanmckinney
      Originally Posted by David Maschke View Post

      Just found out my wife is still cancer free.

      Some stuff you just can't buy.

      Special thanks HeySal for helping us!

      That's awesome.
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  • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
    Buy my company, fire everyone and sell it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    Fishing.

    I really need some fishing. Beer, smoke and fishing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Since I'm going to win the thing, this is something I've already thought about. The first thing I'd do is consult with an attorney and a financial advisor. Then I'd rent a place temporarily so mooching strangers and and pretend friends couldn't find me. Then I'd come forward and claim the prize. After that it gets interesting.

    There are about 40 people I'd give a million dollars to. About 20 more I'd give 100k to. And probably about 50 I'd give between 10k and 50k to ... some people right here on the forum. Of course some would go to different charities as well.

    I'd give all of my websites away except the domain of my name. I'd give away the house I live in after I built a new house (it wouldn't be as lavish as you might think). Of course I'd buy a few new toys.

    Then the fun would start. I'd love to walk around town just handing out $100 bills to people to see the look on their faces. Or tip a really good waitress $500 and make her whole week. Stuff like that would be one of the best things about it.
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanmckinney
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      Since I'm going to win the thing, this is something I've already thought about. The first thing I'd do is consult with an attorney and a financial advisor. Then I'd rent a place temporarily so mooching strangers and and pretend friends couldn't find me. Then I'd come forward and claim the prize. After that it gets interesting.

      There are about 40 people I'd give a million dollars to. About 20 more I'd give 100k to. And probably about 50 I'd give between 10k and 50k to ... some people right here on the forum. Of course some would go to different charities as well.

      I'd give all of my websites away except the domain of my name. I'd give away the house I live in after I built a new house (it wouldn't be as lavish as you might think). Of course I'd buy a few new toys.

      Then the fun would start. I'd love to walk around own just handing out $100 bills to people to see the look on their faces. Or tip a really good waitress $500 and make her whole week. Stuff like that would be one of the best things about it.
      Add me to the list, boom!

      Ryan
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  • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
    i would spend the first 24 hours finding how to minimise taxes

    in advanced countries, lottery winnings are non taxable
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  • Profile picture of the author CenCalMarketing
    Well I didnt win

    back to studying the WF. Hope the people that won help alot of people..
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    I won! I won! I won!


    ...exactly $2. I got the mega ball correct.
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    • Profile picture of the author Charlotte Jay
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      I won! I won! I won!


      ...exactly $2. I got the mega ball correct.
      Winner, winner chicken dinner!

      I got 2 out of the six numbers, but won nothing. Alas!
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  • Dennis is Buying!! The Dom Perignon is on the Winner!

    If no one wins the jackpot, the money will be added to the jackpot for the next drawing. The pot could climb to an estimated $975 million.???

    Update: Maryland lottery officials announced early Saturday that their state sold what could become the world's largest lottery payout of all-time, but it wasn't immediately clear if that ticket holder would get sole possession of the $640 million jackpot or have to split it with other winners.
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  • How do you think this guy feels? As Maxwell Smart used to say..."Missed it, by that much" :rolleyes:
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanmckinney
      Originally Posted by MoneyMagnetMagnate View Post

      How do you think this guy feels? As Maxwell Smart used to say..."Missed it, by that much" :rolleyes:

      Hahahahha I am glad I was nada near that close!

      Ryan
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  • Profile picture of the author maclennan
    probably die with the shock of it all!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    That could make a grown man cry, 3m, but my wife and I had an even "closer to the motherlode" ticket once. We got the first four numbers right. I was getting excited! But then we missed the 5th number by one, and missed the last number by two. So very close. For as close as we were to a huge payday, we only won $25.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Durham
    I would take a million dollars and hire the best law firm with 20 lawyers and pay them to win my custody case, then I'd tell them , you get another TWO MILLION when you win.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    That would probably do the trick, John. Still in limbo, I take it? Hang in there, my friend.
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    Just when you think you've got it all figured out, someone changes the rules.

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  • Profile picture of the author John Durham
    Trying Dennis. Trying. Its really sad that thats what it takes to do the trick. Anyway, you know where Im at, No need to explain. Thanks my friend.
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    I would do whatever I wanted
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    • Profile picture of the author Ronnie44
      Buy some new pants cause these have got holes in!!
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    I will continue to flourish in my Im business
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Foulds
    Id do nothing.... different. Well try not to, haha.

    Then i'd put 95% in a term deposit for a short period 30-90 days so i cant access it & make rash decisions - id use the 5% leftover to get some expert advice & try live normally until the term deposit matured... then i'd prob put 10% in cash account, 10% in a play account, buy a modest house, a modest car - 50% leftover investment properties & the other 50% leftover in dividend producing shares & live off that for the rest of my life - THEN my income from them would be split 10% cash, 10% play, 10% charity, 35% property & 35% more shares - something like that
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  • Really though...wouldn't it be funny if we find out it was ALL an APRIL FOOL'S PRANK!
    An ENTIRE NATION! PUNKED! :p
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  • Profile picture of the author seotothecore
    Buy a million more tickets because it's such a great investment.
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  • Profile picture of the author nickdamodda
    Hire security of course. Do you have any idea of how many threats, annoying people,etc would be after you?
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    Probably buy a lot of alcohol and have a huge party!
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  • Mega Millions winner won't share with her McCoworkers

    A Maryland McDonald's employee who claims to have one of the winning Mega Millions tickets is now serving quarterpounders with a super-sized side of selfish. According to the New York Post, Mirlande Wilson bought tickets as part of the restaurant's lottery pool, but claims that the winning numbers are on a ticket she purchased separately.

    Mega Millions winner won't share with her McCoworkers - msnNOW

    Moral of this story?

    How would you solve this she said/they said?
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      That's just the thing 3M, she "claims" to have the winning ticket but hasn't presented it or even shown it to anyone.

      As a matter of fact, not one of the 3 big winners has come forward with a winning ticket.

      This baffles me...not one person has come forward and claimed their winnings. :confused:

      Terra
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      • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
        I'd give it all to Charity....























        She's my wife...

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        • Profile picture of the author Steve Foulds
          Originally Posted by Daniel Evans View Post

          I'd give it all to Charity....























          She's my wife...

          Well played Sir!
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          Originally Posted by Daniel Evans View Post

          I'd give it all to Charity....























          She's my wife...

          Where's your wife it's empty
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    I pay all my debts.
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  • Duplicate Mega Millions lottery tickets raise questions

    Duplicate Mega Millions lottery tickets raise questions | azfamily.com Phoenix

    The 60 numbers on one ticket are the exact same as the tickets on the second ticket. Row after row, the numbers are identical on both tickets.

    At first, Bleichroth thought the Quick Pick machine accidentally spit out a duplicate ticket. But a closer look at the validation numbers at the bottom of the tickets reveal they are not copies.

    “It made us pause and say how can this be?” Bleichroth said.

    Bleichroth said the odds of getting 10 identical sets of numbers are higher than winning the lottery itself. Either that or something is wrong, she said, so she contacted 3 On Your Side.
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  • Profile picture of the author Victoralexon
    Give some to my family, get a new computer (and then patiently wait for Diablo III to be released), get my own apartment (nothing expensive), and, well, that's pretty much it.
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    I will go on a crazy shopping spree!
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  • Maryland Mega Millions winner says she ‘misplaced’ winning ticket
    Mirlande Wilson continued to swear that she did not make up her story

    Maryland Mega Millions winner says she

    http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/20...he-ticket?lite

    Check your Happy Meal...there might be 'something extra'...
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Guzman
    I would first Invest it in gold and silver and the best asset of all Property. The next thing I would do is buy a technology business that is already doing well. I would invest in a few franchises and buy myself a nice home and pay all my bills. I would then continue in Internet Marketing and Invest a few million dollars in Advertisement. That would allow me to Grow My Business in an exponential rate. I would also hire Frank Kern as my mentor and consultant.
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  • Profile picture of the author subin
    i promised my self if i ever win something big as this i wud give the half to charity as anonymous . Then i will live like a king but before that i will do some safe and smart investments that can be my income . prolly like buying shares in stable companies .
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