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$500 MILLION: Mega Millions sets all-time lottery jackpot record

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Posted: March 29, 2012, 9:47 am - IP Logged

Venom- I partially agree with you on your comment. It is indeed time consuming and wasterful to get a "complete" game plan together for "if you win the big jackpot". At the 

very least, any player especially those who are participating in Friday's MM drawing should get a preliminary plan together...nothing too intricate or extensive. That list should include:

1- Make photocopy and store winning ticket in safe place, preferably a ziplock bag in a safe deposit box at a bank. (I did not mention signing the back because you most likely will not be claiming the prize)

2- If you win THEN contact several attorneys (Tax, Corporate/trust), Financial advisors (many are CPA's)

3- Do not tell anyone other than your spouse(if your marriage is fine).  After retaining an attorney you can inform your siblings and parents IF they are to be included in your trust or are made a partner in an LLC.

4- Wish list: Where you would like to live, vehicles you would want, people/charity you want to help, etc. Don't get too detailed.

 

This is a very generic plan and it will definitely get much more complicated if/when you win. In the meantime, it doesn't hurt to dream a little Smiley

Thank you Jill...hopefully someone here is lucky to win and do these things....  As for me ,i would be in shock for the  first few days if i were to win..

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    Posted: March 29, 2012, 9:51 am - IP Logged

    Just 1 more day!

    No press conference when I claim ASAP....... and absolutely no pictures!

    Pennsylvania only requires name and town .............

    It is easy to be obscure, if you do it right .............. do any of you know the name of the Billionaire that passed away in Texas last year .........................

    Charles Wyly, I think he died in a car wreck.

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      Posted: March 29, 2012, 9:55 am - IP Logged

      Thank you Jill...hopefully someone here is lucky to win and do these things....  As for me ,i would be in shock for the  first few days if i were to win..

      I Agree!  I too would be pinching myself while verifying with everysource that it was indeed the winning ticket.

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        Posted: March 29, 2012, 9:58 am - IP Logged

        Is MM doing hwat PB does when the record is broken they make the 2nd place prize a lot bigger like $25 million or something? But they also capped how much it raised I think.

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          Posted: March 29, 2012, 10:00 am - IP Logged

          I Agree!  I too would be pinching myself while verifying with everysource that it was indeed the winning ticket.

          Yeah even when I won the big 4 three times I thought there must be "some mistake" and I kept looking at my numbers and the ones on the screen for about an hour. I also expected the date to be wrong. I did not believe it until I went and got the thick envelope of cash. LOL

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            I don't think I could let a winning ticket out of sight.  I would probably have a safe installed in my house and personally guard it with my trusty tactical shotgun.  Thumbs Up

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              Posted: March 29, 2012, 10:02 am - IP Logged

              I have only seen negative press about 1 of Pennsylvania's "big" winners.

              The rest of them are living just fine after the hoopla died down ....................

              I will take my chances with this jackpot .............. nothing ventured, nothing gained! My Great-Grandfather came here with 1 piece of luggage and his dreams ...................

              and my Thunder (Grey/Blue) 2012 GTC awaits me and the gated community!

              dpoly1 - Playing the lottery to save the jobs of those that build, transport, sell & maintain luxury items! -

               

              Eschew Poverty ........... Vote Conservative!

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                Posted: March 29, 2012, 10:02 am - IP Logged

                man this thing markets it self, ever news outlet got a side note about it if not full story.

                lottery ceo's could not be more happy then they are now, this is their dream in sells

                 

                i like one part"

                Lottery directors from participating states will confer every day this week to determine if sales merit pushing the winnings projection higher, she said by phone Wednesday."



                also, i love seeing all new players,  am buying about 20-25 tickets my self for this draw, about same going out to movies/snack combo prices for me, so i don't feel its to much.

                Joshuacloak, I like your analogy on financing your MM ticket purchase. Too bad more people can't be that flexible when it comes to their budget.

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                  Posted: March 29, 2012, 10:07 am - IP Logged

                  I don't think I could let a winning ticket out of sight.  I would probably have a safe installed in my house and personally guard it with my trusty tactical shotgun.  Thumbs Up

                  We have a safe in our home so that is where I would hide my ticket IF I were to win. Our collection of hand guns and assault rifles would keep it company. Big Grin

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                    Posted: March 29, 2012, 10:08 am - IP Logged

                    I Agree!  I too would be pinching myself while verifying with everysource that it was indeed the winning ticket.

                    No doubt about letting a few jovial screams come out, imagine what you want to buy,who to give to, where you want to go, what kind of house to live in etc etc......but its not going take long to realize, "Now I have some serious work to do" and start the necessary process towards collection....Might be better to consider the age old statement, "Silence is Golden" the day you collect.

                    Stay Positive, Believe and good things will come your way

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                      Posted: March 29, 2012, 10:12 am - IP Logged

                      We have a safe in our home so that is where I would hide my ticket IF I were to win. Our collection of hand guns and assault rifles would keep it company. Big Grin

                      I have not been able to maintain my house because of illness ................ it doesn't look like any place that you would want to rob!

                      And it is protected by a S&W 990L (.40 S&W)!

                      The ticket will be OK for the weekend!  and I will be purchasing a DPMS Panther & a tactical 12 gauge!

                      $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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                        Posted: March 29, 2012, 11:13 am - IP Logged

                        Was just watching a CNN report about twenty minutes ago about the MM lottery mania. They also featured some advice and what pitfalls

                        to watch out for, if joining a lottery pool!   Thinking of...    Very informative and interesting.

                         

                        Just got back from my favorite store to buy my "last"? 5 MM tickets. No lines...no waiting, strange? Must be the calm before the storm.    Roll Eyes

                         

                        Still say they will raise the jackpot one more time. Probably either later today or tomorrow morning. Should push pot to $600-650 million easily.


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                          Posted: March 29, 2012, 11:18 am - IP Logged

                          Pitfalls to watch out for if joining a lottery pool???

                           

                          The lottery pool is the PITFALL!

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                            Posted: March 29, 2012, 11:21 am - IP Logged

                            I don't think I could let a winning ticket out of sight.  I would probably have a safe installed in my house and personally guard it with my trusty tactical shotgun.  Thumbs Up

                            LOL.... I hear you BuyLow..... I have a safety deposit box @ the credit union where I work so I will be putting that baby in there.....

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                              Posted: March 29, 2012, 11:23 am - IP Logged

                              Pitfalls to watch out for if joining a lottery pool???

                               

                              The lottery pool is the PITFALL!

                              Agreed, it was just interesting to see a televised debate about it on a major news station.   Lurking

                                 
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