Biggest UK Lottery £66 million (($101 million) Euro (83.8 million)

@garymarsh6 (12006)
United Kingdom
January 10, 2016 4:27am CST
Someone is waking up this morning to a very different kind of future. The National lottery has rolled over for 14 draws now. Once the jackpot reaches £50 million so if no one wins it the rules state the jackpot has to be shared amongst the next tier winners. Last night there were two winning ticket holders. At this stage no one knows if it is a works syndicate who have won one of the tickets or they belong to individuals. There was a frenzy of ticket purchases yesterday people buying tickets at a rate of 400 tickets per second yesterday with their web site being unable to cope with such huge demand. So the two winners whoever they are are waking up this morning knowing they will shortly have £33 million pounds in the bank. This is going to be more than a life changing experience. Massive lottery wins can go one of two ways. People can go daft with their money and spend it like a lady did many years ago. Her name was Viv NIcholson she won £152K which at todays value is equivelant to £3.3 million on the football pools in 1961. She blew the lot and ended up in some poverty although she had mink coats etc. Ending up living like a recluse in a two bedroomed two up two down house. She had no regrets over her lifestyle. These days with the lottery winners they are counselled by the lottery people and offered financial advice and guidance once they win such a large prize. We used to dream about winning the football pools when we first got married and thought. If we could win £50,000 we could have bought a house, car and had a great holiday and still had change. Today you would not be able to buy even a modest one bedroomed apartment for that. I am not envious of their win and I wish them good luck. They will need a lot of luck and should slide into oblivion rather than flash their cash about making them a target for crooks and hangers on. Could you imagine waking up this morning with £33 million in the bank? What would your dreams and aspirations be with that kind of money. I know what I would do but lets hear what you would do?
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@Asylum (46318)
• Manchester, England
10 Jan 16
I have not done the lottery for a long while now, since shortly after the price went to £2. Instead I play the Thunder Ball, which is still £1 and pays up to £500,000.
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
10 Jan 16
I do not do it either so it wasn't me! I do the health lottery instead.
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@Asylum (46318)
• Manchester, England
10 Jan 16
@garymarsh6 It would have been very useful to you Gary and would have covered a full year's holidays.
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
10 Jan 16
@Asylum Yes and after your next op there will be no stopping you. Whizzing off in first all over the place no doubt!
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@JudyEv (91863)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Jan 16
I would invest a heap but organise houses for our two boys first.
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@Inlemay (17276)
• South Africa
10 Jan 16
first i would travel - then I would do this as well.
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
10 Jan 16
Yes we would see our families are well looked after.
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@JudyEv (91863)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Jan 16
@garymarsh6 I get warm fuzzies just thinking about it. One especially could do with a break.
@boiboing (12527)
• Northampton, England
10 Jan 16
The Viv Nicolson story always reminds me of that great George Best quote - "I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
10 Jan 16
He had a ball in more ways than one! Shame he destroyed his donated liver though which could have been used for someone who could have appreciated it and taken care of it.
@simone10 (22271)
• Louisville, Kentucky
10 Jan 16
I think the first thing I would do is buy a house for my brother and I, then a car for myself. I would want to take vacations and see the world but I would also want to save and invest.
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
10 Jan 16
You certainly could Sharon and no coach class for you either!
@TRBRocks420 (58817)
• Banks, Oregon
10 Jan 16
The first thing I would do is buy a house.
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
10 Jan 16
I think this is possibly on everyone's list.
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@DeborahDiane (14989)
• Laguna Woods, California
11 Jan 16
We now have a lottery in the U.S. that has gone over $1 billion. I like the way they do it in the UK ... if it goes over a certain amount, the prize is split among the second tier winners. That seems fair to me!
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
11 Jan 16
One year there were so many people who won the jackpot which was shared amongst them they actually got less than the people who won the next level down! Crazy or what!
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• Laguna Woods, California
11 Jan 16
@garymarsh6 - Yes, that is crazy! Still ... I wonder how much bigger our lottery will get. After all, no one needs to win $5 or $10 billion.
@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
12 Jan 16
I hear it is now $1.5 billion!
@softbabe44 (5963)
• Vancouver, Washington
10 Jan 16
Well the money would shock someone pretty much I think I would pay bills to help family and maybe go somewhere I haven't been.
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
11 Jan 16
You could do so much good with it.
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• Vancouver, Washington
11 Jan 16
@garymarsh6 That's what I would want to do wouldn't blow it.
• Vancouver, Washington
14 Jan 16
@garymarsh6 It doesn't make much sense to blow it you want to secure your future with it.
@poehere (17075)
• French Polynesia
10 Jan 16
You know I would not change my life at all. I might invest in a few pieces of land and buy a few homes. I would also more than likely buy my daughter a home or give her a goo start on one. I would try to invest for the future and save for my many years I might have left here. I think that over spending is not a fact for me and I don't do this much. One more thing I would buy me a new car for sure. This wouldn't take a lot out of my earnings.
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
11 Jan 16
The interest alone on that amount if well invested would keep you more than comfortable. People would change despite saying they won't. You would hope to stay true to yourself by not becoming conceited or a show off.
@poehere (17075)
• French Polynesia
11 Jan 16
@garymarsh6 I have never been this sort of person. I just like to live comfortable. I think my biggest down fall would be to travel and see all the places I have ever dreamed of seeing. I guess i would end up doing this one. As for personal life I like to keep that one simple and very low profile. I am not a person to buy a lot of stuff and keep it laying around to impress people. I just like simple things and not owning a lot of stuff in my home. I like to just have the basics and this one is more than fine with me. Even if I did have a lot of money I wouldn't go out and buy tons of stuff for my home.
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
11 Jan 16
@poehere I too would love to travel too! A home is always something nice to come back to!
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@BelleStarr (30025)
• Portland, Connecticut
10 Jan 16
Wow what would I do? I would give it away except for maybe a million. That I would put in the bank and use the interest to do some fun things like a long cruise. I don't need or want anything really. I wouldn't want to ruin my grand kids. I would set up trust funds though to give them a minimum amount every year, not much they would still have to work. I would get my mom out of the nursing home, buy back her home and have private care for her. I would pay off my kids mortgages this way they would have more housing options.
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
10 Jan 16
Wouldn't that be great for your mum to be home with her own team of nurses! The cruise sounds wonderful. It would have to be a world cruise of course!
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@BelleStarr (30025)
• Portland, Connecticut
11 Jan 16
@garymarsh6 lol or at the very least a 30 day one!!
@LadyDuck (113051)
• Switzerland
10 Jan 16
I know that I would move back to Monte-Carlo because there people do not pay taxes. With that money I could afford a decent apartment.
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
10 Jan 16
Perhaps I could pop in for afternoon tea although I doubt it would be made with your own hands you could employ a chef but I bet he would not be as good a cook as you!
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@LadyDuck (113051)
• Switzerland
11 Jan 16
@garymarsh6 Gary, you are too kind. I would make personally the tea for you, and also the biscuits.
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• United States
10 Jan 16
Our current lottery is at $1.3 Billion (yes, billion) right now. We have all been dreaming. But this morning, my sister said she will not buy a ticket. it is not for the reason you might think. She is afraid she might win. She says it is too much. I disagree. If I was overwhelmed, I would split it amongst my loved ones before I would freak out like this. I have a plan, it is in a post I wrote the other day.
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
11 Jan 16
OH right I will catch up with that then Elizabeth. My niece worked for the lottery at their head office. She and her immediate family were not allowed to buy lottery tickets!
• United States
10 Jan 16
Our current lottery (powerball) is now over a billion dollars. I'm sure it's a record breaking amount since no one has won in the past few drawings. Not only would I find plenty to do with millions but a billion is a whole new ball game
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
10 Jan 16
Yes I heard about it too. It is such a great amount and unimaginable amount. With that amount no more commercial airlines for you. You could buy your own jet.
@salonga (27961)
• Philippines
10 Jan 16
I think if I have that much in my bank I will build businesses and I will hire all my jobless loved ones and friends and all deserving folks in my locality
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
10 Jan 16
That would be brilliant just like Dolly Parton.
@Inlemay (17276)
• South Africa
10 Jan 16
1 646 709 050.00 South African Rand - that is a pretty nice sum of money - almost enough to run a small Country
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
10 Jan 16
You could buy your own island Lany and be Queen of all you surveyed. Learn to fly your own helicopter to bring you to the mainland to shop and play bowls in fact you could have your very own bowling green!
@Rollo1 (16674)
• Boston, Massachusetts
10 Jan 16
I would buy a soft chair and a new computer. I can't think beyond those things right now, I don't want to spend the money at all.
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
10 Jan 16
Just think you could buy top of the range soft comfy chair with a massage facility and employ a maid to top you up with tea and coffee when required!
@Inlemay (17276)
• South Africa
10 Jan 16
I would visit you FIRST!! Like fly over immediately and spend at least 2 months in London, then over to Ireland, then over to Scotland, then fly to Canada . . . I would not stop the travel. I hope that the remain calm, i think i would die of a heart attack.
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
10 Jan 16
Haha would you employ me as a guide? I could act as your official guide and take you all over London, Oxford Cambridge York Bath. You name it and I will take you to all the wonderful castles and palaces. I would do the same if I won. I would travel non stop. Sight see. Rest relax and sight see.
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@DianneN (54692)
• United States
10 Jan 16
I don't buy lottery tickets. However, a fool and his money are soon parted. If I won, I would go straight to my attorney, my son and his wife who are attorneys, my investment banker, and financial advisor, etc.
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@Tampa_girl7 (21000)
• United States
10 Jan 16
The U.S. Lottery was up to $800 million, not sure of the turnout, I need to check.
@Tampa_girl7 (21000)
• United States
10 Jan 16
I would of course pay all my bills off. Help my friends and family out, travel and do my best to invest wisely and be able to leave most if it to our son.
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
10 Jan 16
@Tampa_girl7 It would be lovely to be able to do that wouldn't it Marie. I hear that the prize is nearly one Billion dollars!