if you won the lottery..

United States
December 4, 2008 9:55pm CST
if you won the jackpot for 1 million US dollars what would you do with it? How or What would you spend it on? do you think if you ever won a million dollars, will it bring you happiness? and why?
3 responses
@shamsta19 (3225)
• United States
5 Dec 08
I recently started a discussion about happiness and what it would take for one to be truly happy. Most of the responses expressed the fact that money doesn't really buy happiness. I think I'd be quite happy if I won a million dollars! I guess it all depends on what you want or need in life. No money doesn't really provide happiness, but we can all appreciate the security that money brings and therefore is a catalyst to happiness. It would make me happy because I have bills that are piling up right now. I would be ecstatic with a mill right now! I would settle all my debt, put half in a high interest bearing account so I'd be set for life. I wouldn't try to buy all kind of luxuries as a million isn't really enough to go crazy with. Nice apartment, furniture, a car maybe. I would live off that million, I am used to not having and I could do without all types of expensive things. I'd probably go crazy on my wardrobe but I could never spend a million on clothes. But I'd definitely have more than enough detergent and fabric softener! I would have to take a trip though. Some exotic locale, or Amsterdam! Jamaica, somewhere nice for like a month!!
@shamsta19 (3225)
• United States
5 Dec 08
Anyone that says it wouldn't make them happy must be doing ok financially! Down here in the "real world" I don't know anyone who wouldn't get a little happier with this money, unless they were terminally ill. Check this out if you get a chance http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1815282.aspx
@KaMlBob (786)
• United States
5 Dec 08
I have a friend that won almost 4 million dollars 5 years ago, she is broke, she has two condos left out of 4 properties (they aren't even paid off)I think she gave back a good 25% trying to 'do it' again. Many people started borrowing from her and never paid her back, she was very generous with her money. I stayed away from her for a good 3 years (except when she came with us to Los Cabos for a week), we never borrowed a dime from her. I would say she WAS happy at first, but not now... :(
@shamsta19 (3225)
• United States
5 Dec 08
Exactly! The problem a lot of people have that just get "new money" is they go spend crazy. People do not realize sometimes how much money the average person spends in a lifetime. A million can be spent in a month if you really wanted to, or invested and managed correctly, it could become 100 million! It's a nice chunk of cash, but not enough to last a lifetime. And I would feel better never having it, than actually having it and blowing it frivolously. I would have gotten used to being with money and to suddenly not have it again would be a crushing blow. Not only because I would have to switch lifestyles again, but I'd feel like a complete idiot for throwing it away. I would not change my lifestyle for a million dollars, I'd keep myself comfortable within the confines of the lifestyle I was already accustomed to. Bills would be paid on time and I could avoid "jealous ones envy" in the streets. I would make that million last me forever. I don't need houses (plural), fancy cars, jewels, and things I have never known anyway. I wouldn't even want people to know I had the money. But good luck anyway. They aren't giving away lotto money anymore, and the whole thing is a racket anyway. All that money spent on the lotto is supposed to go towards bettering our educational system and we can see that is not working out either.
@MissAMB (16)
• United States
5 Dec 08
Well, I don't think it would necessarily make me more happier. I am a pretty happy person naturally. However, it would make things a whole lot easier, and that would definitely make me happy. If I won the 1 million dollar jackpot, I would pay off all my debts including student loans and credit cards. Then I would buy a car, and move to a place where I could buy a nice house for less than $500,000. Next, I would buy some new furniture, electronics, and clothes. The rest I would divide between saving and investing. And I would probably take my first trip to Italy I have been planning forever, and still have not been able to go yet!
@KaMlBob (786)
• United States
5 Dec 08
I would buy a home, an average home where I live is about $500,000.00 (Tahoe is not cheap!)I would buy SOME furnishings, then bank the rest. happiness, no, I am pretty happy already, peace of mind? Yes, because it's not always easy to make ends meet lately.