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Would you share your money with others or be stingy

Share with others [ 60 ]  [55.05%]
stingy [ 22 ]  [20.18%]
give to church [ 5 ]  [4.59%]
charity [ 10 ]  [9.17%]
schools [ 2 ]  [1.83%]
poor [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
homeless [ 1 ]  [0.92%]
sick [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
people who need it in the US [ 8 ]  [7.34%]
people who need it in other countries [ 1 ]  [0.92%]
Total Valid Votes [ 109 ]  
Discarded Votes [ 4 ]  
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Posted: March 15, 2008, 10:25 pm - IP Logged

With a heart as cold as stone,you wont have to worry about getting that lucky!

  " No matter what you make,all that you can take is what you give away"

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    Posted: March 16, 2008, 9:44 am - IP Logged

    If the jackpot is $50m or more, I'd give lump sums to my kids, sisters, and parents, regardless of gift taxes if I can't avoid them.  After that, I'd give at least 10% of the annual earnings off what I invest to charity.  Half of that would go to America's Harvest which is a national food bank.  The other half would be discretionary depending on what 403c charity is in need or if a local organization is in need. 

    Below $50m, since I would take the cash option, I probably would not tell my family of the windfall.  I would help each out when in need, and probably leave a nice sum to them in my will. The 10% of earnings will still apply for charities.

    I did promise my two kids $100k cash each when I win the lottery, if they deliver a recorded public smack-down to their jacka.. of a dad.  Both are game, if that tells you anything, and son says he will include a smack-down to the employee-gf he married.  Would that be considered sharing?

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      Posted: March 16, 2008, 1:42 pm - IP Logged

      After reading some comments in this thread, I guess I hit the lottery in some way, by having the family that I do. We might not be the richest or the luckiest or even have had things go well for us, but we really do love each other and I guess many people can't say that. Smile

      "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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        Posted: March 16, 2008, 4:52 pm - IP Logged

        Of course, the government will take their share of my winnings, that's my definition of "sharing with others." Other than that probably not. I'll give if they ask and as i have said on a previous post i will NOT tell anyone of my winnings, so if they do ask it will probably be a miniscule amount compared to what i will have.

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          Posted: March 16, 2008, 4:58 pm - IP Logged

          There are certain people in my life who have stuck beside me, and helped me through alot of difficult times, asking nothing in return.

          so, you can believe when I win, expecially if its for a large amount, I'm going to take care of the people who are nearest and dearest to me.

          So, yes...I will share...:) 

          "know your limitations, but excede your expectations"

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            Posted: March 16, 2008, 5:06 pm - IP Logged

            There are certain people in my life who have stuck beside me, and helped me through alot of difficult times, asking nothing in return.

            so, you can believe when I win, expecially if its for a large amount, I'm going to take care of the people who are nearest and dearest to me.

            So, yes...I will share...:) 

            Same here to a degree, but i really dont want to be around my family, now imagine that mentality but you won 15+ million dollars, you're not really inclined to immediately start sharing.

             

            Anyways i go by the philosophy, "ask, and you will receive."

            Im not offering anything, i dont do charity, i do "equal opportunity guidance." 

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              Posted: March 18, 2008, 3:50 pm - IP Logged

              So far I am the only one to say I would give any to church on the poll...I do believe in sharing, but not in the way many people would.  Openly sharing any jackpot win would likely lead to problems.  Plus, from what I know about government expeditures, no amount of millions can solve any of the worlds problems (i.e. you'll go broke trying).  So I would first give 10 percent to God (even though most church pastors don't advocate playing the lottery...that is their problem...I don't want any problems with the man upstairs so I'll do right by him despite the opinion of those who speak about him).  Then I will selectively give to certain charities and organizations...not to get my name on anything...just to throw some support to my college and the like.  Otherwise I will just enjoy the millions and grow it into billions.  As for my family, No I would not tell a soul except for my 1 brother.  We already have business plans in motion, so I wouldn't be seeking to do something just because I now have money to do it...that is another reason jackpot lottery winners go broke (HELLO!  Who was that guy in the UK who is now broke?).  Most people couldn't mask a big win like that because most people who play the lottery work either for salaries or hourly wages...a big spike in spending would raise suspicions.  But when you are self employed or a business owner in a field that handles jackpot winner's proceeds as well as others investments, your income is unlimited.  So the only way I would really seek to help others is to offer them the same opportunity that I have going for me...handouts don't really help people...it just makes the giver feel good.

              Get MONEY!!! Winning a JACKPOT lottery is all the HOPE and CHANGE I desire!!!  NOW give me MONEY!US Flag

              The guy who won the presidency in 2008 really won the lottery...he is now millions richer, travels in first class style, and even has a staff that would be the envy of the richest Powerball winner (she has a staff of 2). Every night he goes to sleep, he probably plays the close of Dave Chappelle's Show: I'm rich beyatch!

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                Posted: March 18, 2008, 4:22 pm - IP Logged
                I saw 2 weeks ago ,on 60 Minutes , A Gentlemen in his Mid -Seventies , Who Runs Remote Area Medical, at first he was giving  Health care Caravan to  south Americans, Now Devotes his crusade in Small town America, provided  Medical Exams, MRI's , Dental,  Eye Glass exams,  He Deserves to get a share , when I win, I heard he lives in   Abandoned Schools  and  sets-off with a crew of Doctors  and  specialists in different part of the country. God Bless HIM, (at 75 Years of Age ) oh, I remember he us to be on Mutual of Omaha's shows , with Mr. Perkins. Sorrry Forget his Name, But he's of British Decent.
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                  Posted: March 22, 2008, 10:16 pm - IP Logged

                  I would only share with family and close friends. However, it wouldn't all be in the form of outright handouts. If I won the lottery, I'd want to start my own business. I have a close friend who was also my IT instructor at a vocational school I went too. I will share with him in the form of appointing him as President of my company.

                  Gonna win.Big Smile

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                    Posted: March 23, 2008, 9:41 am - IP Logged

                    There are certain people in my life who have stuck beside me, and helped me through alot of difficult times, asking nothing in return.

                    so, you can believe when I win, expecially if its for a large amount, I'm going to take care of the people who are nearest and dearest to me.

                    So, yes...I will share...:) 

                    PartyRight on!

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                      Posted: March 23, 2008, 11:01 am - IP Logged

                      Some to charity, some to family and friends. Theoretically speaking if I won the lottery in my country.

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                        Posted: March 23, 2008, 11:14 am - IP Logged

                        "Would you share your money with others or be stingy"

                        This question sounds like something someone who has nothing and no plans to ever accumulate anything would ask.  Not giving your money to others doesn't make you stingy.

                         * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                           
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                          Posted: March 23, 2008, 4:42 pm - IP Logged

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                          Stop rolling your eyes. Not everyone is as fortunate as you. Now im sure youre going to reply waaaah "Ive never had anything handed to me."  Yeah, spin it however makes you feel better.

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                            Posted: March 23, 2008, 6:59 pm - IP Logged

                            in ernest ... I'd help the few of my extended cyber family (no one here nothing personal) but as to my real life family .... Razz

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                              Would you share your money with others or be stingy

                              You voted for this choiceShare with others[ 29 ] [60.42%]
                              stingy[ 11 ] [22.92%]
                              give to church[ 2 ] [4.17%]
                              charity[ 4 ] [8.33%]
                              schools[ 0 ] [0.00%]
                              poor[ 0 ] [0.00%]
                              homeless[ 0 ] [0.00%]
                              sick[ 0 ] [0.00%]
                              people who need it in the US[ 2 ] [4.17%]
                              people who need it in other countries[ 0 ] [0.00%]
                              Total Valid Votes[ 48 ] 
                              Discarded Votes[ 4 ] 

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