That's probably the best way to go about it, don't really change you life that much and just buy small stuff and get accustomed to having the money.
I agree! Half a million can provide long-term financial security, if managed properly. However, if the winner goes on a spending spree, the money and the long-term financial security disappear.
Money is a tool, and managed properly a fantastic tool.
We all get a lot out of lotteries!