Winning a lottery, will it affect your life?

@sishy7 (26670)
Australia
February 2, 2012 12:34am CST
An acquintance won lottery about a year ago; not in the millions, but still a handsome amount of just under $100k. I thought it would had any affect in her life. Well, I saw her yesterday, and everything seemed to be the same with her life as if she never won any $ at all. She still works at the same minimum wage job, struggles to pay her mortgage, and deep in debt. It's a shame, she may never get such luck again.
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@VivaLaDani13 (16117)
• Perth, Australia
4 Apr
@sishy7 I'm sorry she couldn't manage to get herself out of debt! I also think it depends on the person. Some people may remain the same person they always were or completely change.
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@sishy7 (26670)
• Australia
4 Apr
Yes, it definitely depends on the person.
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@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
2 Feb 12
I actually have a colleague of mine win in the lottery in our country. It was roughly around $350,000. It didn't affect his lifestyle though. He didn't resign and still takes the bus going to the office. He still even brings his packed lunch. He however bought a new house and opened a lottery franchise. I guess he's either just frugal or a practical thinker.
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@sishy7 (26670)
• Australia
2 Feb 12
He made right decisions of what to do with the money. He didn't let it affect his lifestyle; but, hey, he got a new house and it's much better than an expensive car.
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@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
2 Feb 12
It seems like they have the same mindset as that of my colleague. I think I'd probably spend a little though of my winnings on stuff that I could never buy with the current salary I'm getting :)
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@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
2 Feb 12
That's actually small for a lottery win in our country. It's just less than 15 million Philippine pesos. The pot in our lottery averages twice that amount and goes as high as US$4 million. And it's given in full, not partially and non-taxable :)
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@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
2 Feb 12
it would to a certain extent but i would be your friend, however, i would pay all my bills and save the rest. i would still work because i like my job. i wouldnt go crazy spending money like that if i won. what did she spend her money on?
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@sishy7 (26670)
• Australia
3 Feb 12
I couldn't really see that she spent it on anything worthwhile. Perhaps it's true what she said that people knew about her fortune than started asking for some of it. She's a good person, but unfortunately, she seems to have not-so-decent people around her.
@zsumair (19)
2 Feb 12
awww its lame thing...she won and still the same..
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3 Feb 12
If she saved it for her children then its a good thing.
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@Woody7189 (247)
• United States
2 Feb 12
I think it is hard for people to win a sum of money and not be changed. It is too tempting to rush out and start buying the things that you have always wanted. It is a shame about your friend, if she would have put most of it away in savings then it would be better for her in the long term. Still, she is not abnormal. Most people who win the lottery end up doing the same thing. Personally I would like to think that I would save them money, but unless I am in that position it is hard for me to say.
@sishy7 (26670)
• Australia
3 Feb 12
Yeah, temptations..., not an easy thing to resist for most of us I suppose.
@Heixyin (175)
• Malaysia
2 Feb 12
Well if I had 100k, I might use them to pay off my loan perhaps? Maybe donate 10 percent. XD well, since that I have so much money, I would keep them in e bank first and slowly decide. $ 100k is no joke I would say. Well, I might first buy important stuff. Like, hmmm. Oh well,I might need the money in hand first , before I can seriously decide xD
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@sishy7 (26670)
• Australia
3 Feb 12
Some percentage goes to donation should almost be like mandatory for those who receives any fortune. Even a small percentage would sure goes a long ways to those in needs; and I'm sure it won't make too much difference as to what you have planned for the rest of the money.
• United States
2 Feb 12
If I'd ever win the lottery I'd put the money on the bank, and that's about it. Some people go buy expensive things or something and that's really dumb to do. I don't know if she did anything like that, maybe her debts were really high and she used the money to pay them off, but if she bought expensive things for herself than it's a little bit stupid in my opinion. Nevertheless I've never won anything so it's easy for me to say how to do it right but if you're in that situation it might be a whole other story of course. And I am not judging her! I think she's in bad luck and she could have handled things differently but well.
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@sishy7 (26670)
• Australia
2 Feb 12
Actually, I did ask her what she did with the winning $. She said, as soon as her friends and families found out, they all came up to her and wanted a piece of it. Not quite sure how much truth is in that answer; sounded more like an excuse to me.
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@adhyz82 (36289)
• Indonesia
5 Feb 12
maybe her needs more than her suddenly lottery price?? who knows??
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@LittleMel (14059)
• Canada
3 Feb 12
it will because I know what I will use the money for if she doesn't know it, she will end up spending it unwisely and then still ends up in a low wage job but she may still keep the job for the sake of it, and invest money in pension?
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• United States
3 Feb 12
Yeah that much money isn't really that much money when you think about it because taxed get taken out and some people still have debt and probably use what's left to pay off the debt. Good for her for winning that money and I hope that she was able to pay off some debt or get herself something. I think that if I won the same amount and after taxes I would pay off all my debt or whatever I can pay off with what's left. I would probably keep working just like her but after paying all that debt I would be better off because I wouldn't have to worry about the debt. If it was more than that I would do the same and pay off my mother's debt, buy her a house and get myself my own apartment. I would also probably take a year off to focus on my writing and maybe travel with my dog. But after that year I would probably just get a job just because I would be so bored not doing anything. I hope she does get lucky again and maybe one of us on mylot as well.
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@Hatley (157717)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Feb 12
sishy why on earth did she not pay her debts with that money and make life a bit better? what did she do with it? thats enough money to pay most people debts off and even start a small business. did she just fritter it away? I could pay off all my bills and do something to change my life with that much money for sure..
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@Luciano63 (157)
• France
2 Feb 12
Hi, there was a reportage on tv months ago showing stories about people won lots of money at the lottery...and strangely only few were able to use wisely the won money...most of them just lost all of it in about 2 years. Main problem for people that do not have a good culture (studies) is that they spend the money to get great cars big houses, they give money to their relatives and also to friends...they are cought in a spiral of requests and they do not have capacity to say no! They are not able to understand how to invest and how much, what to spend to improve their quality life and what they must keep in savings for their future needs....they just spend it and loose it! It is sad but it is reality....
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• Philippines
2 Feb 12
yes, it does but it depends on the person if he/she gets affected or not, for me winning that amount would make me build my own company because someone told me that when you give a man a fish you feed him for the day if you teach a man how to fish you feed him for his life time :) I know this is not connected but if I won that lottery I would help the poor and helping people comes in many ways for me my way is not to give them money for it will only be spend for a day I'll give him a job to make him get the money then get the food or whatever he/she wants :)) =)) I think my answer is to far from the question :)) =)) LoL
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• Philippines
2 Feb 12
Yes, it will really affect ones life. I'm really so proud of your friend that she still maintains her simple lifestyle. Every person should make her an inspiration. One of the common mistake that Lottery Winner did is that they spent their money buying useless stuff. They didn't think of the future.
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• Malaysia
2 Feb 12
winning a lottery must make a change in my life. since have enough money and time to go other places to have a look to improve my life. but the person you mention is really weird. maybe she felt that working is needed for her to fill her time? or paying her mortgage and so on will be a target in her life? if without all of this, maybe she will feel that life is meaningful to her. since not everyone like to be rich guy i think. haha..
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@nfrenciz (99)
• Philippines
2 Feb 12
Hi there, If you can win a big amount amount in a lottery for me, it will affect or will change things in our life. For having a big amount of money can help make things a lit bit difference. But in her case maybe that amount is just something like a cents compared to what she really needed, like maybe paying debts, bills, or mortgage perhaps.
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