You just hit the Powerball jackpot...

Simgar988

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Original poster
Jul 22, 2009
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Now what? You take the lump sum and have 60 million bucks to your name all of a sudden.

What are you going to do next? Where are you going to go? What are you going to buy? How are you going to invest?

edit: Out of all the people that would be interested in obtaining your new fortune, I feel like it would be hard to know how to handle siblings in this scenario, especially if they are high school college age. You would want to, and they would probably expect you to help them out, but at the same time, you don't want the idea that they can just do whatever with their life now because their bro/sis is a rich sob.

what do you think?
 

ravenvii

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Mar 17, 2004
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Melenkurion Skyweir
I'll just put it in the bank and live off the interest.

At 2% (you can do better than that, but I'm being conservative), you get $1.2 million a year.
 

rdowns

macrumors Penryn
Jul 11, 2003
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I'd buy MacRumors from Arn and ban all the members I don't like. :rolleyes:
 

kellen

macrumors 68020
Aug 11, 2006
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Seattle, WA
Condo, pay off loans and a new or newer car. But I would do the car first, then get my finances in order first before doing anything extravagant.

I am still in school and would like to finish that, but who knows if I would. Things would probably get weird if people found out.
 

Abstract

macrumors Penryn
Dec 27, 2002
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I'd give waloshin demi status for his threads. Ah hell, Demi-ship for everyone! :p It'll probably get me banned by rdowns, but it would be my parting gift.


On second thought, Teh Privates are already a bit too full.....
 

RudyGrow

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Dec 12, 2009
170
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Put it down my pants, keep it a secret, go to the lottery HQ, get my money, change my name and move to my own island.
 

eawmp1

macrumors 601
Feb 19, 2008
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1) Lotteries are taxes for those who are ignorant of statistics.
2) Having been said...wouldn't touch the principal. Would invest and live off a portion of the interest/dividends and do some good in the world with the rest.
 

Aeolius

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Jul 25, 2002
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Covered in Prior Thread:

1) Pay off all outstanding debts, bills, and mortgages
2) Set aside funds for my children’s education (I have 8 kids) and my retirement
3) Improvements to existing house and grounds (lots to fix and finish, here)
4) Establish a trust that would purchase contiguous properties as they became available (I have my eye on a 6 acre tract and an 8 acre tract)
5) Establish a trust that would fund electronic payment of utilities, groceries, and the like
6) Establish a trust that would retrofit my current home with alternative energy solutions in 10 years or so
7) Employ a maid, handyman/groundskeeper, and farmhand (I live on 20 acres)
8) Establish a handful of small businesses in the local community
9) Purchase a few beachfront properties to use for vacations and as rental income, invest in seasteading
10) Donate to charities of my choosing

If there's anything left, I want a Studebaker or three. ;)
 

ethical

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Dec 22, 2007
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Covered in Prior Thread:

1) Pay off all outstanding debts, bills, and mortgages
2) Set aside funds for my children’s education (I have 8 kids) and my retirement
3) Improvements to existing house and grounds (lots to fix and finish, here)
4) Establish a trust that would purchase contiguous properties as they became available (I have my eye on a 6 acre tract and an 8 acre tract)
5) Establish a trust that would fund electronic payment of utilities, groceries, and the like
6) Establish a trust that would retrofit my current home with alternative energy solutions in 10 years or so
7) Employ a maid, handyman/groundskeeper, and farmhand (I live on 20 acres)
8) Establish a handful of small businesses in the local community
9) Purchase a few beachfront properties to use for vacations and as rental income, invest in seasteading
10) Donate to charities of my choosing

If there's anything left, I want a Studebaker or three. ;)
That's probably the most serious and thought-out plan in this thread. Sound like a nice plan though!
 

Jett0516

macrumors 6502a
Mar 5, 2010
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if I win...I would buy everyone in this thread....a macbook pro.

you can take that to the bank. :)
 

velocityg4

macrumors 601
Dec 19, 2004
4,604
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Georgia
Assuming the $60 million the net winnings after taxes and being paid all at once.

10% to Friends (to close friends)
10% to extended family (Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents. Any cousins can get money from Aunts/Uncles)
15% to Siblings and Parents
10% to Church (Would probably fund building new churches directly)
10% for immediate purchase (House with acreage, Car, Appliances, Furniture &c)
5% for other charities and contributions to lobbying groups I agree with (NRA, EFF &c)

Remaining 40% would be invested so that I could continue to live quite comfortably and if invested right increase the amount saved to a rate which will allow the balance to keep pace with or better yet surpass inflation for any children I have to eventually inherit.
 

niuniu

macrumors 68020
if I win...I would buy everyone in this thread....a macbook pro.

you can take that to the bank. :)
Posting just in case he's wins something :D

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I'd give a lot of it to family, put a big lump of it into my existing business and have the girlfriend take it over. I'd spend the rest of my days investing and privateer racing. Nothing fancy, and it's a life I could live without winning the lotto I guess.

That said, you never know what interests you might develop as you get older.
 

bigjnyc

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Apr 10, 2008
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I would take 40million and invest in tax free municipal bonds you can probably get some nice long term insured bonds for 4.25% right now so I would be getting 1.7 million a year completely tax free for doing nothing.

I would invest 5 million a little more aggresively in the equities market

I would stash 5 million in a checking account for spending on toys, like a nice house, car, apple products and everyday living expenses

I would take 5 million and hand out to my closest family and friends

and my last 5 million I would bury in a nice safe savings account.
 

Melrose

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Dec 12, 2007
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Put in a balanced investment portfolio and earn around 8-12% a year, half of which would go to charity and the other half would let me live like I want, and the remainder of the investment be left to my kids.

well, maybe I'd buy myself a Scottish castle. I've always liked those. I'd throw one heck of a moving-in party and invite all the demis for a week of partying, single malt, and haggis. :cool:
 

MultiM

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May 9, 2006
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TO. I've moved!
I'd buy an annuity that gives me (and the wife) a guaranteed income over the next 40 years, make sure the step-kids have some, and probably my Mom. 1 or 2 mil on the side for cash purchases. Sibs and the rest can look after themselves...
 

Antares

macrumors 68000
  • Pay all my debts.
  • Give a portion to family to pay their debts + some free spend money .
  • Set aside a portion to fund several business ideas that I have.
  • Buy some land in Oregon and build a deep forest vacation cabin.
  • Also buy some land around the country as investment property.
  • Invest a large portion in securities (stocks and bonds)
  • Buy a new car and home.
  • Fund/donate or start a charity.
  • Put any remaining money into a CD and savings.
 

Burnsey

macrumors 6502a
Jul 1, 2007
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Canada
Make a $59 million campaign contribution to a certain 2012 presidential candidate I know...
And you would have wasted every single cent. If you want to donate it donate it to people or organizations that actually make a difference in the world and have some value.