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Old 12-17-2012, 10:48 AM   #11
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No, it's not. It's a great plan and I hope it happens for you. I see you're from Michigan. My plan would include plenty of summer time on the UP. When I was on the west side it would be fresh perch or walleye from Lake Gogebic, and on the east side many meals would come from the Fish House in Paradise, MI.
In the 38 1/2 years I've lived in Michigan, I have never been west of Baraga County. I hear many great things and see many beautiful pictures of all points west and north of Baraga, and before I get to Wyoming and Utah, I will spend time in the western upper peninsula; namely the Porcupine Mountains. I see you are from southwest Ohio--I also plan a trip in the not too distant future to the Hocking Hills area. I have heard it's fantastic.
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:52 AM   #12
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Money can't buy you happiness, but it can make you more comfortable.
I would probably set up a trust fund to try and use most of the money to help others in a perpetual way.
Maybe a jobs training program partnering with local companies, maybe computer lab teaching skill sets to get a job, etc.
I probably would travel a little bit, but never buy a home, boat or car that was extravagant.
If you teach a man to fish, he can feed his family for a lifetime. If you give a man a fish, he can feed his family for a day.
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:06 AM   #13
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If you`ve ever seen that show "Curse of the Lottery" its unreal how that much money actually led to the ruin of many lives, in a few years they were worse off then before they won the lottery. The big mistake comes when they just go out and start buying lavish things, without realizing the long term costs associated with those items long after the purchase. Eventually the money runs out and the stuff has to be sold off.

As for the odds, during that last big powerball deal one guy put the odds of winning in perspective we can understand besides using large numbers. If you placed a line of pennies from the east coast to the west, with one penny having an X marked on the underside, driving in a car you would have to randomly stop along the route and pick up the penny with the X to equal the odds of winning that powerball.
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:40 AM   #14
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If me wins, no worries. Me gonna buy me an island.
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:30 PM   #15
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Guess I'll have to go against the grain here again. Like Crabman said, winning the lottery sometimes ruins lives instead of enhancing them. When I think about all the money I could have wasted over the years playing it, I feel much better having used that money occasionally to help out someone in real need. I would much rather give a helping hand to a person in financial trouble than to give it to the State and have it spent on some politician's stupid idea. So please allow me to be just a little bit proud that in 64 years I've never spent one cent on any lottery, and never will.
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:54 PM   #16
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I wonder where you would go if you won the Lotto, and what you would be travelling in.
Great question and what a perfect "fun" opportunity for members to share a dream of where/how to travel if winning the Lotto!

I would revisit area's within the United States that have been enjoyable for us from previous visits. I would try to spend some time in others that we have yet to visit. I would do this with our Jayco (which would be a new model which would be towed with a new TV!).

I would definitely continue traveling out of the country to see places I would otherwise only read about in books. I would travel by cruise ship or plane to this places. Probably woudn't rent an rv when 'there', but would definitely use the trasportation used by the 'locals'.

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healthi says in part "... what a perfect "fun" opportunity for members to share a dream ... " And that's what it's all about.
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:57 PM   #18
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OK partly my bad for running off topic, now invoking self moderation,

IF I played and won I suppose I would also like to take off in a new Jayco Pinnacle and new TV and see the country without having to worry about how to pay for it or having to get back home to work! I would also still take a pay cut and moderate the forum for free. AND buy everyone a new JOF sticker.
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:11 PM   #19
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You could start by giving to the full members till you see how much they cost. Boy that would get the newbies posting.
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To date, I've only won big in one lottery-- The draft lottery in 1969.
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