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If you won, what would you be most worried about?

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My vote is for my friends and family especially my family. After my family, I should worry about federal and sales tax that is deducted from our winnings.

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I would worry that any one who I have known or currently know would think because they know who I am that they are more entitled to the winnings that I myself have spent the last ten years plus of my life trying to win than I am.  It is the way this world has become once you become a "Have" in life all the "Have Nots" in the world want to "Have" what you got or a piece of it.-weshar75 

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If I won the big one, I would have no worries at all.

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Not on your list is "Needy strangers knocking on your door asking for money".  I've never won anything and the only money I have is what I've earned by working and that bothers me now when it happens so if I had just won a big jackpot I might be tempted to greet uninvited strangers with a loaded gun.

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I'd be worried that friends would say "if you're really a friend you'll share.. what, you're only giving me a Mercedes? no house also?? i'd give you half if I had won.. you should do the same for me!"  I imagine also that in Church, instead of the usual little collection plate, they'd haul over a wastebasket for me to empty my wallet into.

I'd also be worried that.. once I win, I might get bored or that because I don't have to worry about having enough to pay the electric bill, now I start worrying about weird things like asteroids hitting Earth in the future or that people are hoping I'd die so they could inherit the money..that sort of thing. Money doesn't provide immortality (yet) or invulnerability.

The upside of being poor, if such exists, is needing a reason to wake up in the morning instead of the afternoon. 

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Compared to the financial worries I have now it would all seem irrelevent if I win. I hope to have that problem one day.

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I live by Chewies' philosophy, it you werent there during the rough times dont be around during the glee times. You werent on my list then, ya aint there now. So that takes care of the family and *friends*.

Taxes are a given. They are given to the government each year. No need to worry there.

I never was one for the guilt trips , I tell em to take a real trip off my porch when they hand me those lines.

Worry is faith turned inside out. I prefer to wear faith on the outside , its more becoming of a lady.

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I'd be worried that friends would say "if you're really a friend you'll share.. what, you're only giving me a Mercedes? no house also?? i'd give you half if I had won.. you should do the same for me!"  I imagine also that in Church, instead of the usual little collection plate, they'd haul over a wastebasket for me to empty my wallet into.

I'd also be worried that.. once I win, I might get bored or that because I don't have to worry about having enough to pay the electric bill, now I start worrying about weird things like asteroids hitting Earth in the future or that people are hoping I'd die so they could inherit the money..that sort of thing. Money doesn't provide immortality (yet) or invulnerability.

The upside of being poor, if such exists, is needing a reason to wake up in the morning instead of the afternoon. 

well, my reason for waking up every morning is my children, who need to go to school every morning, that wouldn't change even if I won the lottery.... so no problem there! LOL

My biggest problem would be the family and friends issue.  My hubby and I talked about this too just recently, and we are of the same opinion as Chewie..... Those there for us before are the ones who will be remembered.  Our parents namely.  We decided that even our siblings would not be on a give list (mainly to prevent long lost ones ...we both have a couple of those.... from coming out of the woodwork.)  However, our neices and nephews would have no issues when it comes time to pay college tuition.  We would rather pay for the young ones to find their place in the world, through education, than to assist our siblings in being reckless and destructive to their lives.

That's the crux of the matter really.  Who's to say those that you help won't run through whatever you send their way and then come back with their hands held out for more.  And I would hate for anyone to look at the jackpot amount, then look at their outstretched hand and say "Is that all?"

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i would also reward those that have been kind to me wife and i along lifes'journey,all over the world we have found nice people,and bad.the fond ones are when you were young and struggling to make ends meet,they were your friends.also family that sticks by you even if you go away for 2 years,military,etc..

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My only concern would be the safety of my family. Too many crazy people in this world. Concern for my family is the only reason I'd keep a low profile. Needy friends and family would be no problem. You are either on the list or you are not, and the list is very short. If you're on the list - I got you. If you're not on the list - I can't help you. Taxes are no concern - just pay what you owe and get it over with. As for stress - as soon as I win I'll be stress free.

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very well said big d.

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Nothing, my worries would finally be over. As I said before a few times, I am tailor-made for a large jackpot win. Most lottery worries are simply paranoia, and fear of the unknown. Properly educating yourself on what to do after winning the lottery will go a long way. The news only tells you about the bad lottery stories usually, not the far more good ones.

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The worries won't be there when I win the big one, they'll all be behind me from that day forward! The list is a short one for the people who where there for me during the bad times! The rest can be counted on one hand and that list is too long! My two children will be taken care of (18 & 3). My three yr. old will be home schooled (that's a better way to receive an education anyway)! Trust funds set up for my children payable to them when they reach age 35.

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My biggest worry, when will the money start being available for use? That should be my last worry ever.

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Sirbrad- You bring up a valid point! Money wont wipe away lifes worries but it sure will make them appear in manageable doses!  :)

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Sirbrad- You bring up a valid point! Money wont wipe away lifes worries but it sure will make them appear in manageable doses!  :)

Exactly GameGrl. Almost 99% of all my problems had something to do with money, or lack there of. Providing one has their head screwed on properly, a seemingly unlimited amount of money will only make their lives much more enjoyable, not worse. Especially if they were always used to having the bare minimum in life.

However the humility and the wisdom has already been derived from life's strongest lessons so now it is time to have fun, but still modestly.

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i believe money erases a lot of predjudices,whether against age,race,heighth,baldness,etc.if you have money anything you want can be had.

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Financial security in itself is a great thing, especially since it allows for mistakes. Plus as I said before anyone with even half a brain can transform their windfall into even more lucritive prospects, and create many more opportunities for others in the economy.

I don't believe in the way this economy is set up as far as money is concerned, and how it controls everything. But what else can you do except utilize it as best as you can to your own advantage?

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All that you mentioned, but must of all I would worry about the publicity. Florida lets everyone know who won. I think if I were to millions, I'd get a bodyguard, a lawyer, a financial advisor, maybe legally change my name and move to another state or out of the country. There are people out there who think you won their money, crazy as it seems. I think I would handle things well, since my main goal is security. I don't need lots of luxuries. After I got settled I would help family and friends.

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Thankfully I am already in that dead town in the middle of nowhere, no move necessary.

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My grandma ustah say , you can move away from your problems .....

....Even If you just so happen to be married to him *grin*.

In essence having the financial luxury is a responsibility not to be taken lightly or squandered. I agree with Sirbrad that its those that have had *naught* that understand and appreciate far better what it is to finally gain. One doesnt lose the wisdom or humbleness of knowing that it can all be gone and what are you left with is....yourself. So be good to yourself and those around you when you do get blessed with a windfall.

 

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Personal and family safety issues would probably be the biggest worry.  As an older woman living alone and with neighbors who travel a lot, I might have to move to a more protected area or hire a bodyguard.  And my relatives who work at a prison know too many "bad guys" who are now out and might see them as good subjects for kidnapping, if they should learn these individuals are related to me.

Needy friends and family is not likely to be a concern.  I can't imagine any of my elderly friends asking for anything.  If the jackpot were huge like the current Mega Million, I'd give about 20 relatives $12,000 a year (the amount of the current gift tax exclusion) and only my two closest relatives would get considerably more, but in annual gifts so they couldn't blow it.  No sense in having my relatives living higher on the hog than I'd plan to. 

Taxes are not a worry.  Just pay them.  Stress?  I don't see any except for strangers disturbing my privacy, but I make a pretty good "hermit," and I'm happy that way.  I'd plan to give about 90% of my windfall to charity, so my own greed would be no problem.  I'd just have the fun of determining to which charities and whether each should be a lifetime gift or after my demise.

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All that you mentioned, but must of all I would worry about the publicity. Florida lets everyone know who won. I think if I were to millions, I'd get a bodyguard, a lawyer, a financial advisor, maybe legally change my name and move to another state or out of the country. There are people out there who think you won their money, crazy as it seems. I think I would handle things well, since my main goal is security. I don't need lots of luxuries. After I got settled I would help family and friends.

Where in Florida do you live? There are so many millionaires living here, you'd fit right in. A lot of celebrities live in Miami and Naples is loaded with wealthy people. Nobody would yell "there's that lottery winner" if you were driving an Aston Martin since there's a dealership down the road and many of the homes on the beach cost over $5M. Changing your name or leaving the country is a little extreme. I honestly don't think you'd have to hide as much as you think except perhaps from greedy friends and relatives. Although it's a great deal of money to me and would change my life considerably, $5 or $10 million isn't really a big deal in this country any more. There are many private communities in resort areas throughout the country where residents are multi-millionaires.  Of course I would definitely move out of my dumpy apartment before claiming my prize and quietly slip away to a mountain retreat in NC for a while until everyone forgets me. But you don't have to shine in the spot light for very long if you don't want to.

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Then again..you would probably be the target for every con and crook in the US.  Hmmmm, but should you worry?

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a lot of people have had the same problem,a lot of millionaires in the usa,shouldn't be any problem for one more MILLIONAIRE!

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Well let me see here, I know I would have to take care of the parental units first. Then comes the rest of the family: 2 sisters, 1 set of grandparents(that is all that is still alive), aunt and uncle(they were always there for me), 3 nieces, 1 nephew(send them to private school). Those are my worry's. Any one else looking for a hand out(that is why I have a gun carrier permit). Ah yes the life of not needing to worry about math and biology tests. Well I think I could handle the MM right about now.

 

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All that you mentioned, but must of all I would worry about the publicity. Florida lets everyone know who won. I think if I were to millions, I'd get a bodyguard, a lawyer, a financial advisor, maybe legally change my name and move to another state or out of the country. There are people out there who think you won their money, crazy as it seems. I think I would handle things well, since my main goal is security. I don't need lots of luxuries. After I got settled I would help family and friends.

So, if you looked in Google, for the last 25 jackpot winners, how many would you find that were destroyed by publicity?  Only those that were losers before winning.  Those that had minimum common sense never had a problem.  Your 15 minutes of fame will actually be about 5 minutes.  Except for three or four genuine idiots, every one else managed to make it through the 5 minutes.  Its not that difficult!

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Then again..you would probably be the target for every con and crook in the US.  Hmmmm, but should you worry?

You have to accept reality, your $100M before the outlay flood starts, is a drop in the bucket to the rich and famous.  You'd be a no-body in Palm Beach.  You'd only be able to rent a house in Marthas Vineyard.  Why would they bother with a nobody when a some one would bring a higher return.  Don't you think any robbery attempt on the last ten lottery winners would make the headlines?  Show me the headlines!!  Check the Fortune 500, you wouldn't make the Fortune 5000.  Just because you have nothing now, winning a $100M, won't make you a target.  No matter how you look at it, a baloon is full of air.  Let the air out, and it takes up almost no space in the universe.

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Then again..you would probably be the target for every con and crook in the US.  Hmmmm, but should you worry?

You have to accept reality, your $100M before the outlay flood starts, is a drop in the bucket to the rich and famous.  You'd be a no-body in Palm Beach.  You'd only be able to rent a house in Marthas Vineyard.  Why would they bother with a nobody when a some one would bring a higher return.  Don't you think any robbery attempt on the last ten lottery winners would make the headlines?  Show me the headlines!!  Check the Fortune 500, you wouldn't make the Fortune 5000.  Just because you have nothing now, winning a $100M, won't make you a target.  No matter how you look at it, a baloon is full of air.  Let the air out, and it takes up almost no space in the universe.

It may be true that someone with $100 million might not be the prime target in Palm Beach.  But what if you live in a rural community where there is no one else with that kind of money in 100 miles?  If you're where the wealthy have a mere million or two or five?  I have a hard time believing that the person who has received all this publicity about his newfound wealth wouldn't be the prime target of scoundrels of all types.  And not every winner, due to family or other reasons, would necessarily want to move to Palm Beach or similar areas.

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