What does a lottery-win mean for you?

winning the lottery - winning the lottery and what it represents
@bounce58 (17526)
Canada
September 6, 2012 4:29pm CST
Aside from the obvious financial freedom, what does it represent to you? I had a not-so-serious discussion with a young friend of mine recently about winning the lottery. For some reason, he had the weird concept that winning the lottery would mean a pair of legs for him. A pair to stand on, and to stand up to his parents. Of course for others it could be a means. A means to help others. Or maybe a fitting "I-quit" to a mean boss? Or a crappy job. But if you look at it closely, what makes the concept weird is that you don't really need that lottery-win for these examples I've laid out. Or do we? Maybe the lottery win is just represent confidence to do all these things. What do you think?
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@much2say (39107)
• United States
7 Sep 12
Yes, interesting concept, bounce! I guess winning the lottery could represent "confidence" . . . in essence it would give anyone the confidence to be able to live the life they really want to live. But at least with a lottery winning, one would then have that financial cushion to back up that lifestyle change - it would be less risky especially if one has something to lose. Let's see . . . winning the lottery would represent "better quality of life" to me. And by that I don't mean just being able to buy the very best of material "things". We could do so much more with for ourselves or others if all our basic necessities were all taken care of . . . the rest would be extra and we could work towards them because we want to - not because we have to. Having financial freedom would mean less time spent trying to make money . . . more time would be spent "living" a life rather than being a slave to it. Now the question is HOW do I win the lottery?!
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@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
13 Sep 12
Now the question is HOW do I win the lottery?! It starts off by buying a ticket! I think we all want to get to that state where we are "living" our lives, and not being a slave to it. And sometimes it's just hard to get to that state without the "confidence" of having a financial cushion. Thanks much!
• China
7 Sep 12
I can see you find the point of problem. That's true. Many of people would say:if i win the lottery, i would...... Actually they can do it even without the unexpected money. But i wanna say that's human nature. In our life, most of the time we want to change ourselves and do something we really want, while it's hard for us to put forward the first step. We dare not to challenge this world. If we quit a job we won't, we're not sure we'll find a one we desire. So the lottery could give us the confidence and courage to do. I believe one day if we dare to follow our heart that would mean there're less thing we can lose. At that moment, we will be ourselves, the real me.
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@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
12 Sep 12
It's great that you see the point of the discussion. Some here just put in what they want to do if they win the lottery, but that's not the point. The point is, we can still do a lot of things even without a lottery-win. But you're right, it is hard. Thanks for the response.
@salonga (27993)
• Philippines
7 Sep 12
What does a lottery-win mean for you? Honestly I don't know how to answer this question because I don't really buy lottery tickets. I am not really a fan of lottery. Not because I don't need money or I don't wanna get rich but simply because I don't wanna be involved in any form of gambling. If buying a ticket would assure sure win then who would not buy one? But there is no assurance. For how long will I buy tickets to get the jackpot? I know many people who have been wasted so much for this but have not won even once. I don't want to be one of them. But you know one of my neighbors made it. He won around 32 million and for that he became an instant millionaire. Did that entice me to try lottery? No! I am happy for him but I was not attracted to try my luck for in the first place I don't believe in luck. I have always been a practical person. I know that any game of chance will most likely lead to waste of money so I might as well just save my money instead of wasting it in lottery
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@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
10 Sep 12
Hello salonga. I'm glad that you have that kind of resolve not to take up any form of chance. Even if you know of somebody who's really made it. Yes, it is impractical, but for most, the allure of the 'millions' is just too much to resist. Thanks for the response.
@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
6 Sep 12
hi bounce it wou ld represent a way to not have to live in this retirement center asI could buy a condo furnished and be my own boss again. Pay off any bills and be free from so m any things. but to those who really need it it seldom falls their way so I am just going to be happy where I am and its a nice dream. lo
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@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
9 Sep 12
Hi Hatley! I think on more thing that you left out here is to be with your son again instead of living apart. Thanks for the response.
@MandaLee (3725)
• United States
6 Sep 12
A friend's daughter just won the lottery. My friend really needs a car. Her daughter is going to get her a car with some of the money. For my friend, getting a car is a major answer to her prayers. God works in mysterious ways, sometimes He even uses surprise lottery wins to answer our prayers!
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@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
7 Sep 12
That's great! With a lot of people praying to win the lottery, it's great to know that sometimes people do get what they pray for. Thanks for the response.
@dainy1313 (2354)
• Leon, Mexico
6 Sep 12
Winning the lottery for me is: paying my debts. That´s what I want, and I would continue working because I love my work, and my way of daily living. Winning the lottery wouldn´t make me quit my daily job that makes me so happy! Blessings bounce ... dainy
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@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
7 Sep 12
I think that having a 'daily job that makes you happy' is better than winning the lottery! And if you can make this job in such a way that could help you earn more, which means you could pay off your debts, then you're all set. You wouldn't need the lottery-win anymore. Thanks dainy!
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@hereandthere (30966)
• Philippines
7 Oct 12
most self-help books say that you should imagine your ideal life to know what you're meant to do then work out a plan with a timetable on how to achieve that. i think that's what a lottery win will do. instead of a future condition, it's here and now. that's why winners are advised not to claim it first so they have time to really think things out. i remember reading about one laborer who moved his family in a different place so it's like starting over on a clean slate. i think that's what some of us need, totally cutting off the old. but can we really?
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
20 Oct 12
I guess what you're saying is that the lottery-win is the realization of that 'ideal life'. Yes, I would agree to that. And if it means cutting off old ties, then so be it. Thanks.
• Philippines
23 Oct 12
i've always wondered if it's possible to be a completely different person once you're transplanted to a new place. does it mean that's the person you were really meant to be?
@tetris15 (541)
• Philippines
9 Sep 12
Winning the lottery would mean freedom from financial obligations for some time. Because life doesn't stop after you win, it could help a lot in your everyday expenses or debts but still, if you don't do anything to make it grow, for some time, it will be gone before you know it.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
13 Sep 12
I agree tetris15. But sometimes, all we need is that little push of winning to get us started on living the life we want. Thanks for dropping by.
@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
5 Oct 12
This is very true and quite a few people have had decent wins and lived as though the resources were never ending. As a result they have squandered everything and eventually ended up with no money left. Even a lottery winner needs to exercise a degree of control over finances.
@adforme (2116)
7 Sep 12
A lottery win for me, would represent financial freedom. It will not make me happier or a different person. I would be someone who would try to make some dreams come true and continue to do the things I enjoy. My happiness would be a result of making wise choices and benefiting from leading a good life with financial freedom being the cherry on top.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
12 Sep 12
I would be someone who would try to make some dreams come true and continue to do the things I enjoy. I do believe that you don't need a lottery-win to do the above adforme. I think you could still do all of that without the 'cherry on top'. Thanks for the response!
@adforme (2116)
16 Sep 12
You are welcome. You are right. You can have dessert without a cherry on top.
@youless (91492)
• Guangzhou, China
1 Feb 13
Wining the lottery means a lot for me. At least I don't have to be worried about how to earn more money. And it means that I may not focus on work any more. I can have more free time to do whatever I like. Such as I will have time and money to travel the places I like. The life shall be relaxing.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
4 Feb 13
Yes, that seems to be the consensus. Obviously a lottery win is a financial freedom. Then we wouldn't have to focus on work so much, and maybe look at the things that we most enjoy. Thanks youless!
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
18 Jan 13
The first thing I'd do if I won the lottery is get my own place, because of circumstances beyond my control I had to move back in with my parents, it was only meant to be a temporary measure, I love my mum but hate my father, it's an awkward situation, trouble is I love my independence and privacy and need my own place. Doesn't have to be a fortune, just enough to I can at least set myself up with a place I can call mine and have no one to bother me!
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
22 Jan 13
It sounds to me that aside from the financial freedom, a lottery-win for you would mean independence and privacy. Yes, it would be nice to be around parents (even the ones you hate), but it certainly nice to stand on our own two feet. Thanks for the response.
@Savvynlady (3686)
• United States
7 Jan 13
The difference between working or not; driving a car or not; having my own place or not; beholden to others or not; paying bills on time or not; pursuing my dreams or not. having a life that belongs to me or not.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
18 Jan 13
Hello Savvynlady. I think the view is the same for all non-winners. That a win would definitely define all of these things, as compared to the 'or not' in life. Thanks for the response.
@KrauseHome (35035)
• United States
22 Nov 12
For many people it does mean a chance at a second life. If you learn how to budget it, and get some good advice you can learn to live off of it, and become a better person. Too many times people tend to squander their winnings, or act bigger and better than everyone else forgetting where they came from. I would be the opposite and want to help some of the less fortunate to give more people a warmer place to live and more life to want to live. Yes, winning the lottery would be nice, and would be a start but learning to live with what you have is a start as well.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
18 Jan 13
I feel like 'learning to live with what you have' is a pre-requisite for winning the lottery. Maybe a lot of thoses winners haven't learned this lesson that's why they'd squandered not only their winnings, but also their lives after a lottery win. Thanks!
@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
5 Oct 12
I agree with you that we are quite capable of taking control of our lives without the need for a strong financial backing. Nevertheless, to be fair it is much easier if we do have wealth because we no longer depend on the same level of support. To leave a distasteful job will often incur financial difficult if other employment is hard to find, so many people are reluctant to take the risk. Similarly many people depend on a level of parental support, even if they do not live with them. Personally I do not need to win the lottery because I live reasonable well and will retire from work in a year and a half. Even so, it would be very helpful to have a moderate win so that I could take more exotic holidays and live better when I do retire.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
20 Oct 12
I'm with you with the 'more exotic holidays'. I guess I could classify myself as also living 'reasonably well'. And if I could keep this up, I could also retire well. But if there was a lottery win in my future, I could really get started on those holidays! Thanks for the response.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
7 Sep 12
O yes, it would give me confidence and I would be able to repay my children for the enormus burden of debt they received from my two suregeries. I woud not move into another house but would probably upgrade my car. I would amke sure that my grnad children's education is assured and then - I would upgrade the schools for 3 to 6 year olds in my country. I would also help young people with education and be able to do so many things. For myself, I would like to visit Israel before I die. Blessings
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
13 Sep 12
Hello cynthi. Sometimes I forget how lucky my kids are to go to the school that they're in. I certainly remember going to one when I was 5 or 6 that didn't really have anything. I hope that all lottery-winners think of just like you when they win. Thanks!
@vandana7 (64692)
• India
7 Sep 12
Fulfilling dad's dreams, repaying loans, and traveling. :) Getting a few treatments as well. :)
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
13 Sep 12
Hello vandana7. Maybe you can still fulfill your dad's dreams, and repay loans, and go travelling, and maybe even get a few treatments without a lottery win, don't you think? Thanks.
• United States
7 Sep 12
Depends how much. I can pay off school loans and buy a house out right. Those are two definite things. Dreaming I would set it up to never have to work again so I can homeschool my children and live happily ever after! Happy myLotting!
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
13 Sep 12
Hello tangleddreams84. If I get what you're saying right, a lottery-win for you is a means to 'live happily ever after'. I think that's great. Thanks for responding.
@iola2012 (172)
• Philippines
7 Sep 12
We have a lot of concepts, if we do win a lottery. Some would say, trip around the world, put up a business, share the blessings to others, and among others. We still need to let ourselves down to earth, money is just a material thing.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
13 Sep 12
Hello iola2012. Yes, money is just a material thing. This is what I'm trying to establish in this discussion. That for every thing or 'concept' that we want to do after a lottery-win, it is actually still doable even without the rush of money. Thanks anyway!
@mikej143 (310)
• Philippines
7 Sep 12
I think we can't put our trust and future to lottery yet many people were on or hung up to this game and spending or money, but I would choice to have not rather than earning money for good but it will also make it bad in the sense that many people were up to money and money or love of money etc. people also move in a appropriate way.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
12 Sep 12
Hello mikej143. I think nobody would really like to put their trust and future to lottery, but I was wondering what it meant to you, if you did win. Thanks for the response anyway!
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
7 Sep 12
I can really relate to this! We don't need the lottery to make those calls BUT financial freedom sure does make it a lot easier. I remember when I started working in the place I am at now; I really needed that job. I had children and I was by myself. I put up with more than I ever have in my life because I had to have that paycheck. I saw people in higher positions just "say anything" to other people in higher positions and I thought..wow..how do they risk it? Now I realize because as my children have grown, I have become quite a bit more..well...lets say voiced.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
12 Sep 12
It's amazing sometimes how a little more money in the bank, or in this case, a higher position (which hopefully means, more money in the bank), can give us that confidence to become more 'voiced'. Yet when you think about it, you don't actually need it. Thanks Jen!