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Jackpot or 16 Again

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Would you rather win a sizeable Jackpot or be 16 again.

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Posted: May 14, 2010, 3:17 am - IP Logged

My life sucked when I was 16, I'll take the jackpot.

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    Posted: May 14, 2010, 4:53 am - IP Logged

    Why should sports work any better? Since you weren't there the first time around things will obviously be different the second time around. The only question is how different. Not that there's any way to be certain, but it's a pretty safe bet that things would be different enough that betting on sports would be far from a sure thing. General trends might be a pretty safe bet, so doing very well in the stock market might be very likely.

    The more important detail that we don't have, is how much knowledge you'd take back with you. Will you be 16 with the knowledge (and wisdom) you have now, would you retain your basic knowledge but not know the (future) history, or would you return with essentially the same knowledge as all the other 16 year olds?

    Even assuming the latter, what's the downside of going back and being 16 again? Depending on how old you are now you get to add 10, 20, maybe 40 years to your life. Many of those years get added to the prime of your life, instead of the end of your life. Is there any reason to think things wouldn't be just as good the 2nd time around? From a purely selfish point of view there seems to be a lot of potential upside.

    Of course it would mean giving up whatever you've got now, and also taking whatever you give to others. That means it comes down to what you have to live for here and now compared to what you might have to live for then. If you don't have obligations and don't have good reason to expect that you've done much better than you should have expected to, in many ways you'd literally be deciding on the opportunity of a lifetime.


    According to the lottery pamphlet you can't do anything that would alter the future in any meaningful way.  You can't win a lottery jackpot someone else was recorded as winning nor reduce their jackpot by winning a draw that would have rolled over nor buy all of the first stock offerings of Apple and Microsoft, etc.  everything must be in moderation.  You can buy a max of 1% of any stock or win a Pick-3 daily prize. 

    Otherwise Cyberdyne will have Skynet send an agent back to eliminate the threat to the future. 

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      Posted: May 15, 2010, 5:56 am - IP Logged

      My life sucked when I was 16, I'll take the jackpot.

      Great answer..To the point..

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        Posted: May 22, 2010, 5:51 am - IP Logged

        Jackpot.

        Being 16 isn't all that fun, gotta be 21+ to have any fun, 18 the minimum.

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          Posted: May 23, 2010, 4:13 am - IP Logged

          Jackpot.

          Being 16 isn't all that fun, gotta be 21+ to have any fun, 18 the minimum.

          WHAT !!! You're not going to the prom ???  Never wished you were back in high school knowing what you do now, with a car and money, at least more money then flipp'n burgers paid.   BobP

          Ever wonder how many LP members have the brand from a fry basket on the back of their hand to the extent they can work out their Pick-3 tic-tac-toe plays?

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            Posted: May 23, 2010, 4:33 am - IP Logged

            As awkward, nerdy and bullied as I was in school?  I'd never wish to go through that again.  I would take 100,000 or less rather than go back to those days!

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              Posted: May 23, 2010, 5:40 am - IP Logged

              I never went to the prom since I could not afford it. I rather win the lotto in this case. I really need money as of now for medical bills and debt.

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                I would definitely take the lottery jackpot.  Who wants to be 16 again in this world?  At least when I was in high school I could walk down the halls of the school and surrounding neighborhood without being afraid of being attacked by a gang or a crazed shooter (domestic terrorist),  I could kiss a cute boy without worrying if I would get cancer if he was carrying HPV (human papilloma virus) in his saliva or on his skin and not be forced to get Gardasil injections(with possible side effects) just to have human contact.  Back in the day I could dream about studying for a wonderful career and if I worked hard enough I would have nice things and be able to travel to wonderful places.  Today, if you work hard enough, your hard earned money  is taken away to pay for bank and Wall St. crooks, and the have-nots, and forget about travel, you have to worry about being blown up whenever you step onto an airliner.  Today's school's (at least in NY) are all about stress and passing the state tests, all the fun and creativity has been taken out of learning, just like most of the fun and freedoms we had in the past have been taken out of our lives now.

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                  Posted: May 23, 2010, 3:38 pm - IP Logged

                  amen to thatCheers

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                    Posted: May 23, 2010, 7:24 pm - IP Logged

                    Just by coincidence, I was talking to my 15 year old neice this afternoon and she brought up her high school.  She wants to take certain courses offered to her in the next school year (10th grade), but she was told there are too many girls in those courses who belong to gangs and start fights with the other girls, so she cannot take advantage of those courses in the field she wanted to pursue for her career because she is afraid of them.

                    Who wants be to 16 again?   Not me, that's for sure, I probably wouldn't even make it to middle age if I was 16 now, there is too much stress, violence, STD's, etc.

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                      Posted: May 23, 2010, 7:42 pm - IP Logged

                      The Jackpot. My age doesn't matter to me. My age only matters to other people who meet me. I am 30 now and I am pretty sure I am over that nonsense age era.

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                        Posted: May 23, 2010, 7:44 pm - IP Logged

                        Just by coincidence, I was talking to my 15 year old neice this afternoon and she brought up her high school.  She wants to take certain courses offered to her in the next school year (10th grade), but she was told there are too many girls in those courses who belong to gangs and start fights with the other girls, so she cannot take advantage of those courses in the field she wanted to pursue for her career because she is afraid of them.

                        Who wants be to 16 again?   Not me, that's for sure, I probably wouldn't even make it to middle age if I was 16 now, there is too much stress, violence, STD's, etc.

                        You wouldn't be 16 now, you'd be 16 when you were 16.  Don't like 16, you could try slipping the time machine tec a grand from your 100 grand to make it 18 or 21, whatever works for you. 

                        The real question is whether you'd be happier and better off with a hundred grand back when or now with 10 million or whatever.    In the 50-60's you could buy a nice new house and car for around thirty grand in an area that would still be nice today.   If you aren't healthy now, maybe you could avoid whatever made you ill, worth a try dodging that bullet? 

                        BobP

                        The future isn't what it used to be.  Yogi

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                          Posted: May 23, 2010, 8:21 pm - IP Logged

                          No, I wouldn't want to go back to being 16 even when I was 16, even though life was a little better in the 60's for teens than it is now, socially speaking than is, there were too many drugged students, so I had little choice when it came to making quality friends.  I still live in the same house that I grew up in during the 50's, 60's etc.  that cost $32,000, only I had to buy it from my parents in 2003, for many times what they paid for it, and the neighborhood is still wonderful today.

                          I am still relatively healthy, but I was in a car accident when I was 30 which wasn't my fault, and have had chronic back pain ever since, so if I could go back and avoid the day of the accident I might be tempted, I see what you mean now about going back to the past and changing things like bad health, bad events, etc. some things like good health are worth much more than money.

                          Good Luck to All