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How to win the lottery (happily)

Topic closed. 40 replies. Last post 1 month ago by BellasBMWLucki.

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Posted: May 31, 2014, 1:05 pm - IP Logged

I guess I'm a little different than most LP members.  I'm not really all that interested in winning multiple millions of dollars. Sure I'd take a large amount of money if I won it, but all I really want is to win enough to settle all of my debts/obligations.  Pay off everybody and everything I owe money to/on and go about living my life as I always have. 

I could do that with a $200,000 win, and still have a little money left over.  The house would be paid for, I'd own all three of the cars in the driveway, and both of my kids that have student loans wouldn't have them any more. I'd be happy with that.  It's not that I'm unhappy now, I'd just be a little happier and life would have fewer financial pressures.  I'd like to know what it's like to not to have to think about whether or not there's enough money in the checking account at the end of the month because the mortgage is due next week.

I am.  I'll give you a hint on what I'd do.  "The Girls Next Door - Season x Episode x", Youtube.  I'll be the man in the bathrobe II.

Understand...  People are more complicated than the masks they wear in society... Everyone is playing to win, and some people will use moral justifications to advance their side.

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    Posted: May 31, 2014, 6:47 pm - IP Logged

    Really don't think this study is all that helpful for big US jackpot winners. $250,000 - $1 million is enough to pay off student loans, credit cards, car payments etc., especially if there are no taxes to deal with, but not enough to have their names and faces plastered everywhere so they get hounded for life. Not to mention that relatives/friends wouldn't expect large handouts. 

    When they do a study of people who have won $50 million or more, those results would be more telling. $250,000 is enough to ease most or all pressing financial matters for any middle-class American, but not enough to trigger a drastic change in lifestyle, so I would definitely expect those people to show an increase in happiness. i.e. the stress of debt is gone but it isn't enough to make extravagant purchases that can trigger jealousy among non-immediate family members. I'm not seeing how anyone could NOT be happier under those circumstances.

    Not to mention neither the UK nor Sweden is as litigious as the U.S. That's a big factor. The amount of the win and the country in which the study takes place would need to be factored in. And after watching that ESPN documentary 'Broke', I'm willing to bet gender roles will come into play as well.

    Totally agree. No one cares when anyone wins $1 million much less $250K. This study is really of zero use to/for American lottery winners.

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      Posted: May 31, 2014, 6:57 pm - IP Logged

      There are several flaws with this study though i was excited at first to read it it. The biggest being that its ultimate solution is to remain anonymous. Well, for 45 out of the 50 States that's an impossibility.

      Secondly, our jackpots here in the States get crazy big most times (which we love) so before there is even a winner, EVERYONE wants to know who will win. So between the national/regional/local media, social networks, public records, investigative journalists, etc. It is very difficult/impossible to remain anonymous unless you are fortunate to love in one of what i call the lucky States....where you simply go collect and no one EVER knows your business.

      As for me, I'm having the press conference, take a few questions and get it over with. Then i'll leave the country for a year or two. Then relocate to the US, change my name, State of residence and live the good life as best as possible.

      "It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven't lost the things that money can't buy." - George Lorimer

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        Posted: June 1, 2014, 5:10 pm - IP Logged

        I guess I'm a little different than most LP members.  I'm not really all that interested in winning multiple millions of dollars. Sure I'd take a large amount of money if I won it, but all I really want is to win enough to settle all of my debts/obligations.  Pay off everybody and everything I owe money to/on and go about living my life as I always have. 

        I could do that with a $200,000 win, and still have a little money left over.  The house would be paid for, I'd own all three of the cars in the driveway, and both of my kids that have student loans wouldn't have them any more. I'd be happy with that.  It's not that I'm unhappy now, I'd just be a little happier and life would have fewer financial pressures.  I'd like to know what it's like to not to have to think about whether or not there's enough money in the checking account at the end of the month because the mortgage is due next week.

        Me too! I just want enough to start over, so to speak.  Medical bills and credit card bills from when I was young and stupid to be paid off would be a good start.  I never play Powerball since it went to $2 and only play MM every 2 weeks, just when I go down to get my Fantasy Five ticket.  I suppose it's stupid but I keep thinking one day it will be my turn to win.  That's what keeps me going, that little spark of hope.

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          Posted: June 4, 2014, 5:18 pm - IP Logged

          Intresting artical:I already knew if I won a huge jackpot,only tell the wife,an since I live in Texas.I can get a Trust. An don,t spend extravagantly.

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            Posted: June 4, 2014, 6:02 pm - IP Logged

            Or a person could win and learn how to say no to the leeches. The only way another person can make your life unhappy is if you let them. Don't let them.

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              Posted: June 4, 2014, 9:30 pm - IP Logged

              I am calling the part of the study that says I will stay up at night feeling like I don't deserve the money as bunk.  I've spend enough money on lotto tickets and scratch-offs that I feel entitled to it now.  I will not lose a minute of sleep feeling undeserving...

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                Posted: June 9, 2014, 8:55 am - IP Logged

                I am calling the part of the study that says I will stay up at night feeling like I don't deserve the money as bunk.  I've spend enough money on lotto tickets and scratch-offs that I feel entitled to it now.  I will not lose a minute of sleep feeling undeserving...

                Same here! I've spent enough money too on pick 4 and 5 and rolling cash 5,  so I wouldn't lose a second of sleep feeling that it was undeserved :-)

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                  Posted: June 9, 2014, 11:18 am - IP Logged

                  Same here! I've spent enough money too on pick 4 and 5 and rolling cash 5,  so I wouldn't lose a second of sleep feeling that it was undeserved :-)

                  No one deserves to win.  No one deserves to lose.  Its not about whether or not you are a good person. 

                  Its about LUCK!

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                    Posted: June 11, 2014, 4:19 pm - IP Logged

                    So even if I live in Michigan, I can set up a LLC or something like that and claim my lottery winnings that way? This is very appealing to me and sounds like the only smart way to claim winnings. I would HATE for my name and face to be plastered everywhere when I win!

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                      Posted: June 16, 2014, 10:12 pm - IP Logged

                      mi father adage the same as you donnie.

                      yep.only mi madre y' Thumbs Up(the kiddies-us adult children of course!)

                      they are in N.C. though and i don't think it is warranted,to even announce

                      as it is in NJ NYC tri-state.

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