Is it worth it to win the lottery?

United States
February 28, 2008 4:16pm CST
Let's say you won the lottery and you won literally millions of dollars. Would you feel happy about it, knowing that people will be asking your for money or being your friend just because you have money? Or Would you rather just live life as you do now and enjoy the peace and quiet and avoid the havoc of having so much cash?
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@wisedragon (2331)
• Philippines
29 Feb 08
I would keep it a secret of course. Anyway I'm happy with a simple lifestyle so that people really won't suspect that I won the lottery. There are ways to help out family members financially without telling them that you won the lottery.
@leeesa (886)
• United States
29 Feb 08
I would love to win the lottery! No way would I live the same life I do now. I would travel and make sure my daughter has the best education ever. I'd give away some to family members with the stipulation that they could not ask for more. I know some lottery winners end up with depression and such because they cannot handle the instant fame and the lifestyle they try to live. I wouldn't go overboard, but I definitely would have fun!
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• United States
29 Feb 08
I would be happy and I would occasionally give money to my friends and of course I would give to charity but I would limit my friends.
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@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
28 Feb 08
I would rather just live a simple life with enough money to entertain myself and live a comfortable life, I really don't think money brings happiness in the true sense...
@mrsjbelle (1641)
• United States
1 Mar 08
Lets just say Ill take my chances! Im sure alot of "long lost relatives & friends" would come out of the woodwork but I would try to live as peaceful of a life as I could. I always said I would build a moat around my house lol. Maybe with alligators in it. They say money doesnt buy happiness and I say try me! :)
@owlwings (38181)
• Cambridge, England
29 Feb 08
I don't think the cash would be a big problem to me. I would, of course, keep very quiet about my winnings and virtually continue with life as it is now. It depends on the sum, of course, but I would first see that my family had all they needed, then invest enough to bring in a comfortable (as I define it now) income. I would also include selected charities in the calculations - some might get a lump sum donation and others might get a regular donation. I would certainly consider it worth taking financial advice, mainly to minimise how much the tax man can get his greedy hands on! Lottery winnings in the UK are free of tax but investments and maybe gifts are not!
@palonghorn (5490)
• United States
29 Feb 08
Well part of the piece and quiet would remain, you see I would have my lawyer claim the winnings. I can think of a lot of ways that it would be to my benefit as well as other's. I know that the first thing I would do is pay off my parent's home and put them some money in the bank. I would pay of my s/o's 'toys', as well as the debt he has left from previous divorces, I would buy a house, give each of my daughters and his a set amount, my daughters would be given their's outright, as they are both grown, his daughter's would go into a trust fund, she is only 14. I wouldn't be out there flaunting the fact that I had won millions, so there wouldn't be a lot of people trying to befriend me, I would also give a good amount to his parents. However, if I never win millions, it will be okay too, I have a pretty amazing life without it.
@goldwin65 (937)
• Malaysia
29 Feb 08
Hi Rockvixen. What a question, hehehe... . Oh yes, giving the chance and opportunity I want to win millions of dollars. I don't believe in the saying, "Money is the key to evil" as you can see around you that milionaires enjoy life to the fullest. I guess donating certain amount is not to much is you have millions of cash with you. If I have millions of cash, I will engage personal secretary to entertain those requesting for money and see how genuine they need the money. In other words, you put certain amount for donation. Be honest, I see millionaires live a happier life compare to the poor for nothing is enough and they tend to end up arguing and quarrelling.
@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
29 Feb 08
If we were to win the lottery, we wouldnt tell ppl...in fact my husband has it all figured out so that it wouldnt be possible for just random ppl to find out about it so it wouldnt be such an issue of ppl coming out of the woodwork looking for a handout whether its ppl we know or charities or whatever.
@red158 (334)
• Canada
29 Feb 08
I would love to win the lottery and have enough money to ensure my childrens future as well as take care of my family. As far as people trying to be my friend just because I have money, I wouldn't worry about it. I have a quite large but quite close group of friends now, these are the people that I know love me, not any money I may have. And with this group, I would be quite generous. I also have a few select causes that I believe in, and I would give generously to these.
29 Feb 08
I think winning the lottery can open a lot of opportunities for you in life but like everything it comes with it's down points as you have pointed out. Although money helps i still have to ask if it would trulely make you happy and for me I think I love my life the way it is and dont get me wrong whilst some money would help life is what you make it and I am fully happy now without having further complications.
@Lightlord (379)
• Greece
29 Feb 08
I would like to have millions of dollars, but you are right many people will become my friends just for my money. And I don't like that. I think I like my life the way it is, maybe I don't have enough money to live a rich life, but personaly I am ok with it.
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
29 Feb 08
To be perfectly honest, I don't think I'd want to win such a huge prize. I would not mind winning enough to be comfortable for the rest of my life and also to help the people close to me right now. I am happy with my life even though finances can be a bit stressful. That amount of money would, I think make life just even more stressful than I can imagine.
• United States
29 Feb 08
I would like to have the money. I dont mind if people try to be my friend for money they wont get it. I would give some to my brothers and sisters. By a new home closer to them. I would travel when I could (when my child is out of school on break.) And I would enjoy myself.
@Nykkee (2524)
• Canada
29 Feb 08
I want to win the lottery. I don't think the money would cause havoc. If people started bugging me I'd just build a huge stone wall around my property. If i was that rich I would have everyhting i needed at my home and I would never have tt leave.
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
29 Feb 08
If i were to win the lottery,i would keep it a big secret,i would not share that information at all...i do not think i would change my life so much,i am very ahppy with my life just like it is....I would make some home repairs.and buy myself and my husband a new car..I would give my children money and also my brother.I do not think i would go nuts...I like money but money does not go to my head...I doubt that i will ever win but if its meant to be i supposs it will....I do know a few people that do need help....
@gemini_rose (16194)
28 Feb 08
If I won the lottery I would not say much to anyone but try to keep it quiet, the only people I would want to see happy from it would be my family. If I was getting people trying to be my friend because they had found out I was loaded then I would move away and start again somewhere else! I mean if you are a millionaire then the worlds your oyster!!
@eden32 (3978)
• United States
28 Feb 08
When I daydream about winning the lottery, avoiding that situation (people just being your friend so they can sponge off of you) is part of my daydream. If I hit a lottery, I wouldn't tell anyone but my accountant. I love my job, so I wouldn't want to quit no matter how much money I had. I'd pay off my house without telling my partner & then send the mortgage money off to a homeless charity or something like that. I would have my accountant figure out a way to create (pretend) scholarships for my kids to go to school. And if I wanted to help out any of my friends or relatives, I'd do it anonymously. Just send them off an unsigned money order. I have a hard enough time saying no to my children on my limited budget, and spoiled kids are awful to be around. It'd be far better for them to think everyone must work for a living.
@Chey1970 (1193)
• United States
28 Feb 08
I would love to win enough money just to pay off my bills. all I would need is about $45,000.00 and I would be perfectly happy with that. I am not a greedy person nor am I an extravagant one. I think winning millions would be more of a headache than anything.
@jhl930 (3607)
• United States
28 Feb 08
I Think that it would really be worth it for me...I know that alot of people would change if they won the lottery and I wouldn't live where i live anymore but that is the only thing that i would change..I wouldn't change my personality or anything like that...like i have heard of alot of the people that have won has done...