Wednesday, March 07, 2007

I Won the Mega Millions Jackpot!

Cha-Ching, baby! I'm on easy street. I'm quitting my job and moving to Hawaii to live my dream of becoming a Magnum P.I. wannabe! Gimme a Ferrari. Gimme a private jet. Gimme my own Dr. A private golf course. Yes!

Actually, not. To be honest, I didn't even play. There was a huge collection at the office today. Sometimes, I wonder, what if the office staff did win? Would everyone quit their jobs tomorrow? Maybe for a piece of the record $370 million dollars, they would. Who knows?

I always remember those stories about a group from work somewhere who hit it big, only to just spend it all. Or, the greed degenerates into eventual lawsuits among "friends." Or, the winners being driven into solitude because the winner's private life disappears. You never know who comes out of the woodwork to claim that they are your relative and/or friend, "Where's my piece of your $370 million!"

So, the waiting game begins. With a record jackpot like this, it's unlikely that it will be one person. It's usually a group of co-workers who grouped their money together to buy a bazillion tickets. These people will become instantly famous, and we'll see how they handle their fame and fortune.


Malnurtured Snay said...

If you DO win, will you buy me a Jeep?

Awesome Mom said...

I don't think I would ever want that kind of mega windfall. It is fun to think about but money causes a whole lot of trouble to people that are not used to having a lot of it/

jmb said...

If the whole office is in except you and they won you'd never forgive yourself. Next time play! You can always give it away or spend it foolishly like all the other winners did.

NeoNurseChic said...

Is it weird that I'm actually proud of the fact that I have never played the lottery? I've never gambled....and I don't really even have a thing against it. In fact, I'd actually like to go to AC with a set amount of money and play the slots.... But for some reason, I always feel proud for not buying into the work lottery pool. LOL

Don't answer the "is it weird" part - we already know I'm weird! ha!


Chrysalis said...

Oh, did I mention we might be related, hehe. Seriously, I wonder what would you do if you suddenly came into a large, large amount of money? Or, rather what do you think you might do?

Lea said...

I think, because I have always had to manage money that I could handle being a millionaire! I sure would love to give it a try.

10% to church
50% to parents & sister & sons
35% invest, invest, invest, invest
5% spend, baby spend!

Kerri. said...

I used to think about winning the lottery all the time. Strange fantasy. Now I've started to fantasize about building a VW that can fly to the moon. Just as probable. ;)

The Curmudgeon said...

True story: I had a case with a guy who represented a local suburb... prosecuting speeding tickets, that sort of thing. So he got to know all the local cops. They invited him to go into a pool with them when the Lotto got very large... but he didn't have anything to spare when they asked... and he passed.

It was the Memorial Day weekend and the phone rang... early... way too early... at the lawyers' home.

It was the cops.

They'd won.

They weren't calling to rub it in. He was the only lawyer they all knew well enough to trust with this and to draw up the papers about how they'd share.

I wonder if he's stopped crying about it yet....

Jenny said...

So do you still have a staff this morning?! LOL :)
There's so much more to life than money. Of course, those who say money can't buy happiness don't know where to shop.... ;)

Unknown said...

I know you - had you actually won, we would have never heard from you again. You value your anonymity too much to even brag about such a thing. (I wouldn't blame you one bit - LOL!)

I worked in the financial services industry for many years. I met lots of people with big trust accounts and plenty of moolah. Some managed it better than others.

Winning a huge sum of money is always a good thing. You simply have to be practical about what you do with it. Making major changes right after winningis never the answer, other than perhaps paying off your debts and buying a bigger house, if that's your "thing".

Money comes and money goes and people sometimes forget that. It's always best to invest in tomorrow and try to live within your current means.

I find it interesting how many lottery winners often win more than one time. What happened to equal distribution of wealth?

Cheers, Dr. A!

Dr. Brainiac said...

Honey, didn't anybody ever tell you the lottery is just a tax for people who are bad at math?

d blake said...

i participate in the office lottery pool primarily for this reason: if, by chance, all the nurses and front office staff win, i don't want to be left trying to see patients without them.

Cathy said...

My husband told me that he had a dream, he won the lottery. He was on his way to Toledo Ohio to turn in his tkt. While driving there he kept taking it out of his shirt pocket to look at it.

Every time he took the tkt. out he said the numbers were lighter than the time before.

When he got to the lottery commission and handed them his tkt, it was nothing but a blank piece of paper.

That would be our luck!

Professional Dreamer said...

If we ever win, my husband and I decided we will buy our own coffee shop and hang out in it all the time. We do that now, except we just don't own the place, hahaha.