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After the big win (5 million or more)

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You hit the Jackpot! What is the first thing you do?

Thank God [ 37 ]  [42.53%]
Seek finacial advice [ 3 ]  [3.45%]
Tell the boss where to go [ 1 ]  [1.15%]
Keep quiet and gather your thoughts [ 22 ]  [25.29%]
Tell your spouse or significant other [ 6 ]  [6.90%]
SCREAM! [ 4 ]  [4.60%]
Call in Rich [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
Pinch yourself [ 1 ]  [1.15%]
Stare at your ticket in disbelief [ 12 ]  [13.79%]
Shout it from the rooftop! [ 1 ]  [1.15%]
Total Valid Votes [ 87 ]  
Discarded Votes [ 1 ]  
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Posted: October 19, 2010, 1:08 am - IP Logged

I would first thank God, but I don't think he really cares who wins because the lottery is truly random.  Then I would not tell anyone outside of family for at least 30 days so I don't have to deal with unwanted requests for money. Try to keep cool and maintain a low profile until I can come up with a sound plan on what to do with the money.

 

"No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot both serve God and money"

                                                                               

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    Posted: October 19, 2010, 2:16 am - IP Logged

    i had a hard time between picking

    stare in disbleief

    and

    keep it quiet and gather my thoughts

     

    3rd would be

    call a financial planner. but even then id just ask advice about general wealth protection and pay by the hour.

    if their firm wants my business they can help set some things up but the control always stays with me.

    if they dont like then no business for them theres plenty more .

    2014 = -1016; 2015= -1409; 2016 JAN = -106; FEB= -81; MAR= -131; APR= - 87: MAY= -91; JUN= -39; JUL=-134; AUG= -124; SEP = -123; OCT= -84  NOV=- 73 TOT= -3498

    keno historic = -2291 ; 2015= -603; 2016= JAN=-32, FEB= +12 , MAR= -86, APR = -77. MAY= -48, JUN= -29, JUL=-71; AUG = -52; SEPT= -43; OCT = +56 NOV = -33 TOT= -3297


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      Posted: October 19, 2010, 9:10 am - IP Logged

      Stare in disbelief.

      Laugh & cry at the same time.

      Keep it quiet.

      Set up a plan

      Pick up the money after the lottery HQ has gathered all the money from all over the country.

      Protect assets.

      Vegas.

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        Posted: October 19, 2010, 9:27 am - IP Logged

        Keep it quite and gather my thoughts,

        stare in disbelief,

        call financial advisor & call an attorney (only pay by the hour, good idea savagegoose)Thumbs Up

        Keep dreaming the impossible dream, it just may come true! Thumbs Up

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          Posted: October 19, 2010, 9:37 am - IP Logged

          Keep it quite and gather my thoughts,

          stare in disbelief,

          call financial advisor & call an attorney (only pay by the hour, good idea savagegoose)Thumbs Up

          Well said...

          Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

          For a lead role in a cage?

           

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            Posted: October 19, 2010, 1:54 pm - IP Logged

            Stare in disbelief.

            Laugh & cry at the same time.

            Keep it quiet.

            Set up a plan

            Pick up the money after the lottery HQ has gathered all the money from all over the country.

            Protect assets.

            Vegas.

            After I Thank Almighty GOD!!! then I will do a Huge Happy Joydance that will go way into the wee hours of the morning, so that I drop from exhaustive thanks and praise!!BananaBananaDanceHyper!

            Then I will go to sleep and in the Morning Pray  and ask for guidance..  Then I will stare in utter Amazement!!

            forget what "they" say about youWhat you say about you?...

            Now, does it count??

             

             

            *Jr$ina

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              Posted: October 19, 2010, 5:34 pm - IP Logged

              If you know you've won the jackpot then you probably have already done what I would do first.  I would recheck my tickets several times after rechecking the posted drawing results to make sure I didn't make a mistake.  Over the years I have had several false alarms so now I recheck everything even if it's just a small win.

               * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                 
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                Posted: October 20, 2010, 3:16 am - IP Logged

                yeah its rare but sometimes the incorect numbers are either broadcast or printed on the webpages,

                 

                once i had to do a double take when i checked  on a differnt site and 1 of the numbers where different.

                yeah rechecking numbers again and agaIN IS A DEF, DISBELIEF IS  my 1st reaction.

                not that ive won  a jackpot, but in my dream i had where i won,  i rechecked again and again, thats i how remebered the details so vividly.

                i kept looking at draw date, draw number,  day, numbers,ticket.,

                then again and again.

                imagine that is how i will be if i ever do end up matching 6 for real

                2014 = -1016; 2015= -1409; 2016 JAN = -106; FEB= -81; MAR= -131; APR= - 87: MAY= -91; JUN= -39; JUL=-134; AUG= -124; SEP = -123; OCT= -84  NOV=- 73 TOT= -3498

                keno historic = -2291 ; 2015= -603; 2016= JAN=-32, FEB= +12 , MAR= -86, APR = -77. MAY= -48, JUN= -29, JUL=-71; AUG = -52; SEPT= -43; OCT = +56 NOV = -33 TOT= -3297

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                  Posted: October 20, 2010, 6:31 pm - IP Logged

                  1. Thank God

                  2. Run off to the French Foreign Legion

                  (At least let everybody think I did!)

                  Wink

                  Vive l'amour! Vive le guerre! Vive la vive le mercennaire!

                  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: October 20, 2010, 8:25 pm - IP Logged

                    After I Thank Almighty GOD!!! then I will do a Huge Happy Joydance that will go way into the wee hours of the morning, so that I drop from exhaustive thanks and praise!!BananaBananaDanceHyper!

                    Then I will go to sleep and in the Morning Pray  and ask for guidance..  Then I will stare in utter Amazement!!

                    I am still staring!!Oogle

                    forget what "they" say about youWhat you say about you?...

                    Now, does it count??

                     

                     

                    *Jr$ina

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                      Posted: October 20, 2010, 9:59 pm - IP Logged

                      If you know you've won the jackpot then you probably have already done what I would do first.  I would recheck my tickets several times after rechecking the posted drawing results to make sure I didn't make a mistake.  Over the years I have had several false alarms so now I recheck everything even if it's just a small win.

                      You are so right RJOH. I would check the results on several sites and the newspaper, including calling my local lottery office for the official numbers. I did this after winning a smaller amount in a jackpot game many years ago. I know I would not react much different if it occured again. I don't know what I'll do after confirming the win. Probablly do the happy dance...Bananaand of course...THANK GOD!!!

                      Feeling,  PRICELESS!!!Banana

                      Come on Jackpot!!!

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                        Posted: October 20, 2010, 10:30 pm - IP Logged

                        I'd stay quiet and Stare

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                          Posted: October 22, 2010, 5:38 pm - IP Logged

                          I didn't see "start crying" on the list.  Wink

                          First, I would thank God and the universe for this huge blessing.  Then, I would probably go running and screaming to find my husband and tell him the good news. After that, I don't know.  Probably tell my parents, tell them to keep quiet until we can figure out what to do.  I couldn't keep a secret like that from my parents.

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                            Posted: October 24, 2010, 12:09 am - IP Logged

                            I didn't see "start crying" on the list.  Wink

                            First, I would thank God and the universe for this huge blessing.  Then, I would probably go running and screaming to find my husband and tell him the good news. After that, I don't know.  Probably tell my parents, tell them to keep quiet until we can figure out what to do.  I couldn't keep a secret like that from my parents.

                            Lucky you!  My mother is one fine woman, and I love her dearly.  However, she would be the last person I'd tell before I got the money and my family safely away from my hometown.  Poor Mama, she would never be able to keep something like that a secret for more than about 10 minetes after I told her.  She would make about ten phone calls to certain girlfriends, which would be the equivalent of going up on the courthouse square waving around a large poster proclaiming that I had just won XXmillion dollars in the lottery.

                            Be sassy and be happy.

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                              Posted: October 26, 2010, 8:30 pm - IP Logged

                              If you know you've won the jackpot then you probably have already done what I would do first.  I would recheck my tickets several times after rechecking the posted drawing results to make sure I didn't make a mistake.  Over the years I have had several false alarms so now I recheck everything even if it's just a small win.

                              Even after all that, I'd wait until it was announced that the winning ticket was sold at the same place where I'd bought mine. LOL

                              Can't be too careful. Skeptical

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