Has anyone else ever heard statistics about how half the people who win seven or eight figure lotteries are broke within five years (or something like that)? I heard once about a guy who literally drank himself to death when he won the lottery - he couldn't do it until he won the lottery I guess.
Practically every forum on the internet has a thread in its' general discussion area concerning 'what would you do if you won the lottery'. Some responses deal with how folks would manage their money in order to make even more money and the other half deal with how they would spend their fortunes on fantasies involving yachts and million dollar homes on isolated islands. I'm not sure which option represents greater personal development - someone who wins a fortune, goes the reinvestment rout and essentially says It's not enough! I want more do you hear me MORE!!! Bwahahaha! or the spendthrift who drives slowly down mainstreet in a convertable with the top down throwing handfuls of cash to random passers-by.
Is there perhaps a middle road position on this issue of suddenly acquiring great fortunes? I imagine alot of folks would want to give family members huge chunks of change.....I wonder if doing so is really doing them a favor?
Describe your ideal existence after winning a 14 million dollar lottery. Will your days be spent feeding your senses (like sipping margaritas poolside all day every day)....seeking emotional thrills (like going into space or hiring VanHalen to play at your 18th birthday party) or spending your days doing charitable work like Mother Theresa and ministering to the poor (which incidently begs the question why does one need to win the lottery to pursue this lifestyle)?