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Would you quit your job if you won the lottery?

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Artist77's avatar - batman14

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Posted: July 18, 2014, 6:45 pm - IP Logged

>>"This is the middle class mindset imho. The upper class thanks you for your desire to keep working to line their pockets." <<

 

If that's the case why should the middle class even work if all that does according to you is line the pockets of the upper class.

We are middle class and we work to support our family by taking care of the mortgage, food , clothing and the necessary expenses needed for a normal life. if we were fortunate enough to win a major lottery there is a good chance my husband who is in the medical field would still keep his job but perhaps cut his hours a bit. I would keep doing all the daily chores of performing the duties of a housewife and raising a child without seeking outside help.

Amen. I would likely drop my day job after a reasonable period (1-2 months) but keep my own artist and writing career.  But I would also do some volunteering based on those day job credentials since I worked too hard to obtain them. I think if God gives you a talent at anything and you work to develop it, you should continue it in some way.

“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money."

Matthew 25:14-30

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    Posted: July 18, 2014, 7:20 pm - IP Logged

    I would disappear like a thief in the middle of the night!There is a whole wide beautiful world out there and I want to see it!Work?NO WAY!LOL!

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      Posted: July 18, 2014, 7:22 pm - IP Logged

      Posted before but worth repeating........

      Way back before MM, PB, the Big Game, the Illinois lotto game had some pretty good jackpots.

      One time in the 1980s a guy from Chicago won $43M. He was a printer making $650 a week (good money back then) and swore he'd keep working.

      The guys' name was something like W......ski. We were in the break room and a guy from Detroit (Sully will get this) said, "What else could you expect from a dumb P.....ock!"   
      Green laugh

      Anyway, the guy quit his printing job a month or so later and bought a bowling alley (his hobby) and a short while later bought a second one.

      Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

      Lep

      There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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        Posted: July 18, 2014, 8:00 pm - IP Logged

        Honestly, I would keep working for two reasons.

        1.  The benefits.  Through my union contract, I have health benefits (Full medical, dental, prescription drug, and accidental death), legal benefits (I can get a lawyer at no cost whenever I need one.)

        2.  Ever since Bernie Madoff, there has been no such thing as financial security anymore.  People lost hundreds of millions in an instant.

        I've redone my website.  Go to www.dr-ew.com.  I kept a lot of the old stuff, and I've added some new stuff.  Look for more new stuff in the coming weeks.

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          Posted: July 18, 2014, 8:28 pm - IP Logged

                                                                           In one word "YES!"

            "Money might not be the most important thing in the world, but it does affect the things that are the most important to you."

                                                                                     Paula White

          "We make a living by what you get, You make a LIFE by what you give!"

                                                                         Sir Winston ChurchillSun Smiley

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            Rivervale
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            Posted: July 18, 2014, 9:28 pm - IP Logged

            I already had my employer cut me down to 2 days a week, quit, you bet!

            I think I would devote money and time to helping Vets and their families.

            Would like to set up an empty warehouse or some commercial sized premises as fully functional living quarters for homeless families. Maybe some clapped out hotel/motel. Wishful? Maybe but I'd sure like to give it a go. Luck to you all.

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              Posted: July 18, 2014, 9:38 pm - IP Logged

              I used to say I probably wouldn't quit but with the recent changes in management where I work, it's a different story. I just don't like the way things are going there, so if I can get out I will. What I'd probably do is volunteer work instead.

              Prisoner Six

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                Posted: July 18, 2014, 10:42 pm - IP Logged

                yes i will and would invest for my own business .

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                  Posted: July 18, 2014, 11:36 pm - IP Logged

                  As HaveABall mentioned, the JP size wasn't mentioned.  If you won the first drawing after the Texas Lottery rolled over,  you'd take home a bit less than 2 million.  There would be a lot of other variables to factor in;  if you were making $50k/yr and took home a JP of a million, that's 20 yrs. of the same income you have now (not counting investment income), not even counting what you'd want to spend out of the initial amt.  How old are you at the time of winning?  If you're close to retiring anyway, why not quit?  OTOH, suppose you've got another few years to be vested in the pension plan?  If you won 100 million, then I could see not worrying about that, but *only* a million?  Be hard to just throw away that extra money you'd be due. 

                  I enjoyed reading the comments from those who would "give back", esp. to the vets.  I'd want to try to end hunger.  Oh, I couldn't do it for the entire planet, but I sure could make it go away in my small piece of the world.


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                    Posted: July 19, 2014, 1:42 am - IP Logged

                    Lots of factors, mainly, as others have noted, size of JP and winners' age.

                    Other than those who absolutely detest their employer, betting most stay on through a short period, maybe to see a project through or otherwise not leave co-workers in a lurch during vacations, etc. They'll understand better than you you'll likely be moving on soon enough.

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                      Posted: July 19, 2014, 2:30 am - IP Logged

                      rcbuckeye is the only one that touched upon this, but what about making room for someone who really needs the job?

                      Ut oh.

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                      Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

                      Lep

                      There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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                        Posted: July 19, 2014, 6:35 am - IP Logged

                        Yes. I have lots of hobbies that I would invest my time in.

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                          Posted: July 19, 2014, 6:37 am - IP Logged

                          rcbuckeye is the only one that touched upon this, but what about making room for someone who really needs the job?

                          Ut oh.

                          Scared

                          Yes that is a GREAT point - if you win & stay in your job you are keeping it from someone else who needs it. 

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                            Posted: July 19, 2014, 7:24 am - IP Logged

                            I would be so retired, that people who know me would think I was in a "home" someplace !!!!!
                            Realistically, my hobbies and volunteering my time with a local program like Big Brothers Big Sisters would take up most of my week...

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                              Posted: July 19, 2014, 7:50 am - IP Logged

                              I'd be outta there in a hearbeat!  Maybe hire Johnny Paycheck and his band to deliver the formal resignation letter.

                              Sooooooo many other things that I could do with my time and so many other people who need the job.  Status shouldn't be defined by who you work for or what kind of job you have.  Its what you stand for that matters. 

                              Actually, I don't really believe the survey.  Its so easy to do an online survey and click off your responses without really thinking about it, 'cause its all hypothetical.  What they should have done was interviewed actual lottery winners to see what they did after the win and how many of them are still working in a job (as opposed to being self-employed). 

                              I'm betting that there are very few significant $$$ winners who are still going through the daily grind to collect a pay check at the end of the week.

                              "There is no such thing as luck; only adequate or inadequate preparation to cope with a statistical universe."

                              ~Robert A. Heinlein