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If you won a $10 million lottery or more, would you still work?

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Posted: December 28, 2009, 1:02 am - IP Logged

 Yeah, I will keep working. Working as an extra, going to auditions, going to art workshops and classes...I will continue doing that.

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    I love this question.  As some of you know from reading my posts,  I love my new job even though the pay is extremely so.  YES I WOULD DEFINATELY KEEPING WORKING!  Especially since I would no longer have to worry about money.  I don't care for traveling or any of that stuff; I could purchase my husband's Dodge Charger on the weekends and I would hire a builder to  build my-modest 3200 square foot dream home!  The only time I would need to take off would be a single weekday to claim my winnings and set up a CDARS account and then another day   mayber 8 to  12 months later to sign my escrow papers.  Otherwise, I'd be right there  running my reports and building my Excel  spreadsheets.  Of course I'd have a fantastic   week vacation when it rolls around!
    Hurray!

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      Posted: December 28, 2009, 9:50 am - IP Logged

      "If you won a $10 million lottery or more, would you still work?"

      My answer is no.

      We did a thread on this once and I asked if you hit a jakcpot are you obligated to bow out and open the job up to someone who needs one. Well, I found out that just the word "obligated" stris up an awful lot of reactions from people, most of it not nice.

      As for wealthy people cjhoosing purposefiul work, granted there are some philanthropists out there but quite a few wealthy people just let their money work for them.

      Let's also factor in that quite a large percentage of people hate their jobs and most are just working for the paycheck.

      This is something from a book I read, financial needs not a factor for this question;

      Whatever you do for a living, if you were told you only had a short time to live, would you keep doing it?

      If your answer is yes, good for you, you are doing something you truly like.

      If your answer is no, do you think you are going to live forever?

      If somoen wins a jackpot and keeps working in a job that has them punching a time clock, what good is it having all that money but not time to enjoy it?

      You can't really be financially independent if you're not independent, can you?

      Lep


       

       



      I like your response  Coin.  You're right.  If you were to ask me this question say back in 2006-2007 when I was still a highly paid  but severely stressed mortgage underwriter, then my response would have been totally different.  during that time I would have responded with an unequivocol YES!  I would have given them 20 minutes notice and walked the " _____" out. 

      Playing the lottery is great and I would love to win.  But I have learned that when it comes to a job,  I will never again pay for my lifestle with my spirit.

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        Posted: December 28, 2009, 11:25 am - IP Logged

        Reminds me of the comments on TV about Tiger and the trouble he is in.

        What oh What is the poor guy going to do if he loses endorsements.  How can the poor guy going to survive on 900 Million or so...

        And what will poor Oprah do to survive on her 2 Billion or so.

        My only work would be managing investments and charity, and some travel(not far from an internet connection).

        MarkP

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          Posted: December 28, 2009, 1:56 pm - IP Logged

          Yes I would keep working.  I have health problems and need the health insurance.  I would work the minimum hours required (10 hrs/wk) to keep my coverage (if my boss would let me) and try to get my boss to hire someone else for the other 30 hours.

           

          I might have to change jobs/employers but yes, I would continue to work.

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            Posted: December 28, 2009, 2:47 pm - IP Logged

            PERDUE,

            Just out of curiosity, why do you want that much?

            When I lived in Vegas I went to a lot of seminars. The people that put them on love coming to Vegas so when you live there you can get a lot of free entertainment, and I always learned something.

            At one of them on real estate and investing, the speaker said he was looking for someone who needed 1 million dollars. Then he picked out different people and said, "You just came into 1 million, what would you do?" The person he picked would invariably say they would pay off their car, pay the mortgage, get out of debt, etc...

            He would tell that person (this was mid 1980s), "You don't need a million, you need about $200,000, I'm looking for the person that needs one million."

            But $342,000,000? Are you just out for a record jackpot or something?

            $342 Million has been stuck in my head for some time now. I don't know why, it just is. When I talk to my kids I ask them to think of what they want. When I think of the $342 million I think of the various pet projects I could fund here in my own backyard.

            EX: Have you ever been talking with someone and felt an overwhelming frustration of not being able to assist them financially? Not to pay off their bills but just to help?

            A few years ago I was talking with a young lady in my class. I knew something was bothering her and because I'm nosey I dug-dug-& dug until I got the whole story out of her. When she finished talking I felt that frustration with a strong vengence. I went home and discussed it with my significant other and we decided to give the amount needed to make this problem go away. The problem was, this young woman needed the rest of the tuition to finish the class we were taking and the fee to take the state exam. I went to the secretary and verified the information and paid the bill. I told the secretary not to tell, but she did anyway. The young woman promised to repay me but I told her no. I explained it to her like this.

            Picture a plate with sections. That plate is so full that food is falling off. That plate represent everything you have to pay. When I paid that tuition and state fee I helped clear the plate. If I allowed her to pay me back then her plate would've still been overwhelmingly full.

            I am the kind of person who strongly desires to be in a position to give money away just because I can. To be able to take a kid I don't know back to school shopping to get all the supplies and uniforms needed and pay for the school lunch for the whole year.

            To be able to send a moving truck to every elementary school in my school district full of school supplies so that the kids who couldn't afford supplies are still covered. To be able to give all of the teachers at my kid's school a thank you card with $1000 cash in it to spend on themselves. Why? Because they have to tolerate our little trolls 8 hours a day.

            To walk up to a person and hand them an envelope with $500 cash and tell them that God told me to give it to them. Not for the thank you's but because when that overwhelming urge to give is on me I can give.
            To be able to go buy 5 cases of chicken-ribs-links-bread-bbq'ing sauce and rent a place in the hood close to where the homeless folks hang out and fix them a plate when they show up at the front door.

            To be able to get a hand full of angels for the angle tree during the Christmas season. To be able to drop $15,000 cash into the fireman's boot when they are standing on the corner fundraising. To send $100,000 to St. Jude Hospital every year, who will treat your child even if you don't have a dime to your name. To go to the nursing homes in my area and give all the patients a gift basket of supplies they need to get through the day. This kind of stuff.

            I don't want or need public acknowledgement because I don't really like being bothered with people. I just like helping people. So, I need my $342 million dollars so I can fulfill the desires of my heart.

            There are a lot of people here in TX that I call the "working poor". They are people who have a job that pays just enough to keep a roof over their heads and pay the utilities. But after that, it's get another job or go without.

            That is why I will not stop until I get my $342 million. It doesn't have to come at one time, it has to total $342 million after taxes.

             

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              PERDUE,

              That's very deep. I've always said there are very few real altruists but you sound like one.I say there's very few because so many folks have ulterior motives.

              As far as making a major score, hitting a jackpot of $10,000,000 or more, do you folks here remember the lady in St Louis that was on one of TLC's lottery documentaries? She gsave her co-workers a big "bye bye" part, quit her job, and asked her son when he was moving out.

              She kept saying that when you win the lottery, eveyone you know considers you "their ATM". Might be something to think about. 

              As for health problems, well with $10 million you could certainly buy decent healthe insurance.

              A story -

              One night in Vegas one of the dealers had went out the previous night and made a score on the dice tables. We were working at a downtown casino and there are always "Skids" (panhandlers) hanging around downtown.

              When they guy talked about having made a score and he was going to go out and drink and party after work, someone said he should give it to the panhandler that was outside the casino. The guy said, "Why? So he can go out and drink and party?"

              Green laugh

              In the 1980s a guy from Chicago hit the Illinois lottery, I yhink it was $43 million. This was before the Big Game, or Mega Millions, way before. He was a printer making $650 a week, pretty good money back then, and said he was going to keep working. If I remember right that lasted less than a month and he wound up buying one or two bowling alleys.

              I think something we're seeing here os that those who are working for the paycheck and that's about it would say adios in a minute, and those who truly enjoy their work say they would keep working.

              They say they would, but I think thy're co-workers would definitley look at them and treat them differently after they've won a jackpot.

              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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                PERDUE,

                That's very deep. I've always said there are very few real altruists but you sound like one.I say there's very few because so many folks have ulterior motives.

                As far as making a major score, hitting a jackpot of $10,000,000 or more, do you folks here remember the lady in St Louis that was on one of TLC's lottery documentaries? She gsave her co-workers a big "bye bye" part, quit her job, and asked her son when he was moving out.

                She kept saying that when you win the lottery, eveyone you know considers you "their ATM". Might be something to think about. 

                As for health problems, well with $10 million you could certainly buy decent healthe insurance.

                A story -

                One night in Vegas one of the dealers had went out the previous night and made a score on the dice tables. We were working at a downtown casino and there are always "Skids" (panhandlers) hanging around downtown.

                When they guy talked about having made a score and he was going to go out and drink and party after work, someone said he should give it to the panhandler that was outside the casino. The guy said, "Why? So he can go out and drink and party?"

                Green laugh

                In the 1980s a guy from Chicago hit the Illinois lottery, I yhink it was $43 million. This was before the Big Game, or Mega Millions, way before. He was a printer making $650 a week, pretty good money back then, and said he was going to keep working. If I remember right that lasted less than a month and he wound up buying one or two bowling alleys.

                I think something we're seeing here os that those who are working for the paycheck and that's about it would say adios in a minute, and those who truly enjoy their work say they would keep working.

                They say they would, but I think thy're co-workers would definitley look at them and treat them differently after they've won a jackpot.

                But CoinToss, that is my ulterior motive....... I figure I'll give money away so people won't feel the need to look me in the eye and lie. It is extremely insulting when a person tries to play you for a fool just to get into your pocket. It makes me want to bust 'em up side the head with a baseball bat. Maybe that's why my favorite scene in the "Untouchables" is when Al Capone, beat the crap out of the guy at the table with the baseball bat. I always fast forward to that part when I watch that movie...... ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh good times.

                Any who I digress. I wouldn't let anyone know I had that kind of money so I wouldn't have to purchase a bat company and a defense attorney.

                Your story reminded me of when I was 12-years old. I met a woman with four baby boys. She was married and her husband worked. But they struggled to pay bills. The wife could not work because she developed uncontrollable diabetes. Times were so hard for these folks they could not afford underwear for their sons. Imagine no undies as a kid. I saw and heard members of the church I attended put this family's business in the street and bash them like a dog. Whenever anyone did anything for this family, the giver always acted like they were big sh**. I think that is when the frustration started and has been a constant thorn in my side ever since.

                Seeing this family openly humilliated over and over struck a nerve in me that I've never been able to set right. And after listening to people get talked about like they were dogs just because they were not well off. Neighbors bashing neighbors. Relatives bashing relatives with the worst people being the church folk and their kids.

                Man did I hate going to church. It got to the point where I had no problem cussing someone out in church when they worked my 3rd from the last nerve. Grown folks-teenagers, I didn't care. I saw and heard how messy these people were. These were the kind of people that would bash a newborn baby if they didn't like the mother. They didn't have to know you, just see you and find something to bash. Then they would be the first one to ask to hold the baby and take it to their seat and go to town bashing the baby-mother-father.

                So there you have it CoinToss the ulterior motive behind the $342 Million. To spare as many people as possible the stench of humilliation just because they only have "just enough".

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                  Posted: December 28, 2009, 7:18 pm - IP Logged

                  If you won a $10 million lottery or more, would you still work?

                   

                  It seems that many wealthy people choose purposeful work to be and feel happy.

                  How about you?  Would you still work after your BIG win?  Cool

                  If you didn't work, what would you do with your time and your life?  Coffee

                  Yeah work towards something I believed in, work in something that I want to do.   It may just be volunteer work or it may be an entrepreneurial venture to try and build a business that I believed in but it would still be work.   Being financially secure takes away a lot of the pressure and the worrying and allows you to enjoy what you do regardless of whether or not it's work.