Do you know anyone who has won a lottery?

bestyearsJune 10, 2012

We had neighbors, growing up, who won a few hundred thousand. That represented more than they would probably ever have at one time. So they took a round the world trip, came home for a year, and then divorced.

My mom had a girlfriend who won $1M in the lottery while she was a law school student. At the time, She was dating and eventually married a very successful attorney, thirty years her senior. Immediately upon winning, she told my mother, "Now I have some power in this relationship!" They are still married, some 25 years later, and seem very happy.

Just made me wonder. Do you know people who have won? What has been the impact on their lives?

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ellendi

My cousin's husband one $170.00.They missed the big pay off by one number. As they are well off to start, it really didn't impact their lifestyle.
What I didn't like was a comment he made about about he could do something or other if he won the lottery. Meaning the multi million dollar payoff.
He does not have a good relationship with either of hs daughters. He gave them a $1,000 each. This amoount to me clearly showed his lack of feelings for them. I know, some of you might be saying that this was nice to give them something.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 6:19PM
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hhireno

Long before I knew him, my father-in-law won $10,000 in the state lottery. He used some, or maybe all, of it to pay for my husband's college education at a private university. Back then, mid-to-late 1970's, $10,000 would have covered about 3 years. Now it covers a quarter of one year.

Maybe some was saved for my SIL's education? Not sure about that, I've only ever heard it paid for my husband's. It's been used as a method to try to induce guilt. :-(

My FIL continues to play the lottery but I don't know that he's ever won anything of significance after the first win.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 6:44PM
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terriks

There was a local family that won about $340 million in the lottery. I work in a RE office and one of the agents was friends with them before (and after) the lottery, so I have met one of them. They seem to be handling it very well, and have started a local foundation and have supported the local schools.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 6:47PM
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natesgram

I just don't know why it's set up where someone would win $340 million. I would rather see 340 people win $1 million, or say 680 win a half. I think I'd be more likely to play. It would be fun to dream what I'd do, for sure a trip around the world but I'd stay married.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 7:58PM
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mahatmacat1

One day a Korean student got a call in the middle of class. She went out to take it (it was her husband). She came back in and told us, somewhat disbelieving, that they had won $14,000. We never saw her again after that day; I like to think they used the money to learn English : )

Cool about that family, terri. Who is it who pays for kids from a certain area down there to go to college if they get a good gpa? Is it the local gov't? Or a private party?

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 9:42PM
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gsciencechick

My aunt and uncle won $10K on a instant scratch-off maybe 15 years or so ago.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 10:11PM
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ellendi

I so agree with you natesgram. My favorite are the stories of regular working class people who get in a group and buy a ticket and win.
One recent story was a group winning and one peron was out that week and I can't believe that the group didn't let hm in on it. We had this discussion at work and we all felt that if we contributed for years with the same group, then we would split with the same people regardless if someone didn't put in on one occassion. What a few million between friends, right?

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 10:15PM
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les917

My mom won a little over $17K in the Florida lottery some years back. Gave me $1000, which was very nice of her.

My parents were quite well-off at the time, so certainly it was fun for her, but not the impactful thing it would be for someone in a less financially comfortable position.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 10:27PM
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dedtired

I've won a few bucks here and there. I've never known anyone who was a big winner. Recently a group of 48 people who work in a department of SEPTA (public transportation for city and suburbs) won $172 million. Sigh.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 11:30PM
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RoseAbbey

Our neighbours across the street won $12M about 8 years ago.
They moved here after they won the money. Had a beautiful house built and bought was a boat for $1M. Seem to be enjoying the rest taking luxurious vacations.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 7:08AM
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lukkiirish

Natesgram echos what my DH and I have been saying to each other every time we see someone winning these huge amounts of money. Couldn't agree more.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 9:31AM
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polly929

I worked in a dry cleaners in college. My boss the owner won the take 5 and it was about $100K. He paid off all his debts, and bought a new car. After that it was business as usual.

I often wonder how things would change if I won. It would be so nice to finish fixing up my fixer upper home and be able to hire someone to do it instead of being a weekend warrior with DH! It has been a LONG 5 years of projects, it's getting very old.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 10:59AM
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yayagal

One of the ladies who worked for me won two million. Then one of my clients won two million. It was pretty exciting.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 12:13PM
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lukkiirish

It would be so nice to finish fixing up my fixer upper home and be able to hire someone to do it instead of being a weekend warrior with DH! It has been a LONG 5 years of projects, it's getting very old.

I can totally relate and sadly am so glad to hear we are not in this boat alone. We're in our 6th year of projects but after hiring someone to do our bathroom a couple of years ago, DH saw the advantages and it has been an uphill battle to get anything more done since. The problem is, he procrastinates about doing the projects but doesn't want to pay anyone to do them either!!!

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 12:37PM
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deedee99

Years ago dh won 10k in the Arizona lottery. He was visiting his parents and they all bought a ticket. He gave his parents half (my sweet man!)and I don't remember what he bought with the rest - something music related I'm sure.

I remember him calling me with the news and I was sick with the flu. I could muster no enthusiasm whatsoever....

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 2:17PM
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dedtired

Lukki, I think you are married to my XH. He wouldn't hire anyone to do anything, was going to do everything himself and rarely got around to any of it. I won the lottery the day we split.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 2:22PM
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bestyears

Great stories.... yayagal, YOU need to play the lottery!

I've always been very lucky, and have won much more than my fair share of door prizes, scratch-offs etc. But for some reason I have never felt compelled to play the lottery, and rarely do....

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 3:36PM
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runninginplace

My SIL's father won the lottery in PA, I think. I never met him but I recall my SIL saying that it was ~$1 million, but it wasn't a breathtaking amount as dispersed; over 20 years, minus taxes etc. Just did the math, that would be $50K annually before taxes. Figuring a 25% tax rate, I guess that is an extra $40K a year. Not bad.

And in that same vein, a colleague's wife was part of a lottery work pool that hit big. In that case she ended up getting a payout of ~$30k annually for 20 years. I recall my husband and I commenting that was a nice figure; enough to be able to supplement the family budget but not enough to create a huge change in fortune, if that makes sense.

I only bought a lottery ticket once in my life and it became part of one of my luckiest weeks ever. In that one week I: bought my dream car, was (unexpectedly) tapped into the most prestigious honor society at my university...and won $80 in the state lottery :). I drove the new car out to lunch with friends-my treat thanks to the lottery-and celebrated the honor society membership!

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 3:59PM
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cyn427 (zone 7)

I won $14 once (that is fourteen dollars, no k behind it). I am afraid I frittered it all away. *sigh*

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 5:44PM
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leafy02

My parents used to sit and plot for hours what they'd do if they won the lottery. The trips they would take (golf Pebble Beach or visit in Tuscany, hmmmm, let the debating begin), the bequests to us kids, the new wing for the animal shelter. . .

I'm sorry they never won, just because I know how happy it would have made them to be able to put their plans into action.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 7:29PM
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cyn427 (zone 7)

You know, Leafy, I honestly think there is a lot of fun and joy in the imagining of "what if..." Your parents sound as if they made themselves happy just thinking of the possibilities. I know I do the same and that is almost as much fun, I think, as the actual winning (stress on almost).

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 7:36PM
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terriks

When my kids were young and asked for things that we couldn't afford I told them, okay, I'll put that on the list for when we win the lottery. It usually satisfied them.
I don't think that I would even want to win hundreds of millions of dollars - too much responsibility. Ten million would be nice.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 7:45PM
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kswl2

The guy who did our brickwork in the backyard last summer called to tell me his mother had won $100k in the lottery. He wanted me to collect it for her because she was in the country illegally. I refused, but called our lawyer to find out if she could collect the money and how to go about it. Then I passed along the info to him and assume he helped her collect. I never heard from them again and a few weeks later got a bill for $200 from our lawyer for the 20 min phone call!

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 9:59PM
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golddust

I don't even know anyone who plays.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 11:43PM
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deee_gw

natesgram and lukkirish - You probably won't believe this but if lottery payouts are "small", $1,000,000 or less, regular people won't bother to play. The big payouts bring everyone out of the woodwork. My husband deals with the lottery through his business so that's how I know that fun fact.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2012 at 6:44AM
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leafy02

KSWL, that's too much!

    Bookmark   June 12, 2012 at 8:15AM
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kswl2

Yep, leafy,no good deed goes unpunished!

    Bookmark   June 12, 2012 at 10:40AM
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Happyladi

I used to work with a woman whose brother won about 7 million in a state lottery.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2012 at 12:19PM
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Happyladi

I used to work with a woman whose brother won about 7 million in a state lottery.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2012 at 12:21PM
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terriks

fly, I forgot to answer you question. Actually I don't know the answer! Since my kids are past that age I guess I haven't paid attention. Yay for having 3 kids done with college!

    Bookmark   June 12, 2012 at 2:11PM
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colorblind1961

My mom...24 years ago...she won 1.7 million in the NY State LOTTO. At the time, she was one of only 6 people in NY to win over a million...it was a big deal...nowadays, that seems to be a drop in the bucket.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2012 at 2:48PM
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sweeby

When Hubby and I first started dating, we bought a lottery ticket together -- He picked three numbers and I picked three. We hit 5 out of 6 and won about $600, if I recall correctly. We joked that it was a sign the fates were rooting for us -- and thankfully, we were right ;-)

    Bookmark   June 12, 2012 at 7:47PM
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rilie

My second cousin (I think.... my dad and his dad were first cousins) won $44 million about 8 years ago. In Canada we don't pay any tax on lottery winnings. He and I grew up in different communities, so I don't really know him very well. Enough to say hi to when I run into him. I've seen him at the odd family gathering since, bit have never chatted with him about his winnings. I do see a bit do stuff on FB through mutual acquiantances, and it seems like they've been traveling a lot. I know he donated a lot of money to diabetes charities.... his oldest daughter has been an insulin dependent diabetic since she was quite young.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2012 at 10:31AM
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bestyears

Wow, I have to say I really didn't expect to see this many stories of people who knew others who had hit it big. Amazingly enough, just after I posted this, I found an instant lottery ticket that the kids had stuck on the fridge. It was a 'win a free ticket" one, and had come from one of their Christmas stockings. So I took it to the store and wanted to trade it in for another instant ticket. But the clerk gave me back a QuickPick for the lotto. I think the drawing was last night. I better go check my ticket!

    Bookmark   June 14, 2012 at 11:08AM
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