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 Posted:   Nov 28, 2012 - 5:09 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Brace yourself for... not what you might expect!

This article tells about how it's a real lesson in pitfalls to get a windfall like this.

http://news.yahoo.com/big-winners-share-lessons-risks-powerball-win-081059542.html

I remember reading a book about lottery winners. Prominent among the things that happened were 1) a lot squandered their winnings, 2) many lost a LOT of friends and 3) most had to move.

*(It's now $550 million).
*(I wish I could play but I don't even know where to buy a ticket. Maybe they don't have it in California?)

 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2012 - 5:14 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)


*(I wish I could play but I don't even know where to buy a ticket. Maybe they don't have it in California?)


Nope: http://www.powerball.com/powerball/pb_map.asp

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2012 - 5:23 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Everytime i see this come up, i think of that fun movie BREWSTER'S MILLION'S[2 VERSIONS ] one with RICHARD PRYOR and i say to myself how do some people spend all that money and go broke, crazy.

 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2012 - 5:34 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Well I think a self destructive person will waste their money no matter if they make 25K a year or millions. If your clinically depressed or an uptight or negative person winning millions isn't gonna improve your quality of life.

If I won millions I would be just fine losing friends. Cause if they can't be happy for me then they were never really friends to begin with. I don't expect my friends to give me anything.

I find it hilarious how many ppl say they would still keep their jobs if they won the lottery. Yeah right!

Bottom line, if your a level headed generally content person, I think there is a benefit from becoming financially stable.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2012 - 6:07 PM   
 By:   Christopher Kinsinger   (Member)

David, I just purchased a Powerball ticket for you.
Seriously...the drawing is two hours from now, and ticket sales end in one hour.
As soon as I read your note, I ran off to my convenience store and purchased one ticket for you, and one for my friend Lois, who also lives in California.
I had already purchased mine earlier today.
Just to keep things above board, here are those numbers:

MINE: 06 08 10 11 13 Powerball 09

LOIS: 09 25 34 38 52 Powerball 09

DAVID: 04 17 28 45 55 Powerball 19

I'll report back here as soon as the numbers are chosen.

Results can be seen at palottery.com.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2012 - 6:29 PM   
 By:   Mikey   (Member)

Brace yourself for... not what you might expect!

This article tells about how it's a real lesson in pitfalls to get a windfall like this.

http://news.yahoo.com/big-winners-share-lessons-risks-powerball-win-081059542.html

I remember reading a book about lottery winners. Prominent among the things that happened were 1) a lot squandered their winnings, 2) many lost a LOT of friends and 3) most had to move.

*(It's now $550 million).
*(I wish I could play but I don't even know where to buy a ticket. Maybe they don't have it in California?)


California has the MegaMillions lottery which is the same type if multi-state lottery as the Powerball. Drawings are Tuesday and Fridays.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2012 - 8:10 PM   
 By:   Christopher Kinsinger   (Member)

AND THE NUMBERS JUST CAME IN!!!

HERE THEY ARE:

05 16 22 23 29 Powerball 06

Oh well, David.
Maybe next time.



 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2012 - 8:39 PM   
 By:   Adm Naismith   (Member)

Brace yourself for... not what you might expect!

This article tells about how it's a real lesson in pitfalls to get a windfall like this.

http://news.yahoo.com/big-winners-share-lessons-risks-powerball-win-081059542.html

I remember reading a book about lottery winners. Prominent among the things that happened were 1) a lot squandered their winnings, 2) many lost a LOT of friends and 3) most had to move.

*(It's now $550 million).
*(I wish I could play but I don't even know where to buy a ticket. Maybe they don't have it in California?)


Upon winning, moving away is all part of the plan anyway.
(If I was rich, you would never hear from me again. These Romney and Bush types who want to be in charge of everything confound me- why work that hard when you don't have to?)

And no, Powerball is not played in CA.

 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2012 - 4:31 AM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

I'd take my first vacation in six years, that's for sure.

 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2012 - 7:07 AM   
 By:   Penelope Pineapple   (Member)

why work that hard when you don't have to?

Because there are those of us who believe that self respect and dignity are earned through work, regardless of how much money one may have in the bank.


Right. Because, you know, being afforded the rare opportunity to actually spend your life pursuing your own intersts for reasons of self-enrichment, knowledge, and fulfillment (or even to pursue philanthropic endeavors!) can in no way bring any measure of self-respect or dignity to your life.

No, the only way to achieve self-respect and diginity in life is to work, work, work! Give me a break. roll eyes

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2012 - 8:21 AM   
 By:   Prospero   (Member)

why work that hard when you don't have to?

Because there are those of us who believe that self respect and dignity are earned through work, regardless of how much money one may have in the bank.


If I had won the lottery, or will ever win the lottery, my plan would be to return to college, and take 12 credit semesters for the rest of my life. And volunteer.

 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2012 - 9:09 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

why work that hard when you don't have to?

Because there are those of us who believe that self respect and dignity are earned through work, regardless of how much money one may have in the bank.


If I had won the lottery, or will ever win the lottery, my plan would be to return to college, and take 12 credit semesters for the rest of my life. And volunteer.


If I won the lottery it would be bye, bye employer. I would do something more productive with my "free" time, like help shelter animals or help the elderly. I would still work, but not for the money or for an employer.

 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2012 - 10:08 AM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)


If I won the lottery it would be bye, bye employer. I would do something more productive with my "free" time, like help shelter animals or help the elderly. I would still work, but not for the money or for an employer.


Bravo, Solium. Too little of our society goes to help those with fewer advantages, so if you had the free time, I'm glad you would choose to help them.

 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2012 - 10:10 AM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)



Upon winning, moving away is all part of the plan anyway.


Well, Adam, in these cases it was more a necessity because they had to get away from the hassles brought on by their windfall, not JUST because they previously wanted to move.

 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2012 - 10:16 AM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

David, I just purchased a Powerball ticket for you.


YEEEEEEEEE.....................

 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2012 - 10:18 AM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)


05 16 22 23 29 Powerball 06

Oh well, David.
Maybe next time.


......haw?


Oh, well.

But thanks for thinking of me, Christopher!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2012 - 10:21 AM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

That was really sweet of Christopher.

By God, can you imagine if any of those numbers had won???

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2012 - 12:37 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

Thanks, David. I saw that article on AOL and wanted to read it. I'm always fascinated at reading about how people handle (or don't) sudden wealth, and all the opportunists that come out of the woodwork looking for a handout.

Greg Espinoza

 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2012 - 12:54 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

@ DavidinBerkeley- Thanks for the kind words. It's to bad one really can't make a "living" helping others. Unfortunately society relies on charity for such things.

 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2012 - 1:04 PM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

As Han Solo says, "never tell me the odds!"

If only one could pull a Kirk Kobayashi move on the six eyed monster, eh?

Actually the odds are 59C5 = 5, 006, 386 possibilities.

5, 006, 386 multiplied by 35 other possibilities makes 175, 223, 510 impossibilites.

Think I'll skip.

The euro millions game over here has 50C5 = 2, 118, 760 possibilites multiplied by another 11C2 = 55 possibles. That makes a total 116, 531, 800 attempts at ultimate failure.

I think you guys might as well play the euro game. The odds are marginally better.

Now, what are the odds of being born as George Lucas and making even more money than the ones above ever hope to attain. Hmmmm.

 
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