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Things You Could Do if You Won the Lottery
By Sam Goode - June 19, 2016
Many of us dream of getting the right number combination and winning the lottery. Some of us even search for winning lottery tips and try all means to top the odds to their favour. Can you imagine how you can instantly turn your life around through buying a lottery ticket?
We have heard numerous stories of people who became lottery winners and overnight millionaires. People who have won big jackpot prizes have reacted differently when they discovered their amazing stroke of luck. How about you? What would you do if you wake up one day and discover that you are now a millionaire? Can’t imagine it? Take a look at some of the things you could do if you won the lottery.
1) Travel the World
People who join the lottery are attracted to the possibility of winning millions of pounds for a small fee. Imagine...one day you're simply buying lottery tickets via the Lotter and the next you're swimming in a pool of cash! There are several ways you can spend this money. One of the first things you can do is explore the world and immerse yourself in different cultures and lifestyles. With millions of pounds in your account, you can even bring your friends or loved ones along! Just take pub landlord Nigel Willetts as an example. After winning £1 million in 2014, he travelled the world. He began his adventure by treating 13 relatives to a vacation in Florida. Since then, he has been to Mexico and Dubai. He even proposed to his girlfriend in Venice and went on a honeymoon in the Seychelles.
2) Buy Your Dream Home
Houses are big investments and they can be quite expensive. For many, they have to spend almost all their lives paying off their mortgage. Some do not even have enough budget to get the home they’ve always been dreaming about. If you won the lottery, you would be given the opportunity to finally get that house you’ve been fantasising about. Just like the Griffiths who won £1.8 million in 2006. They used £670,000 of their windfall to finally purchase their dream home. You can also follow the footsteps of the Welsh couple who invested in three more properties after purchasing their dream home using their £5 million jackpot winnings.
3) Invest Wisely
The first thing you should promise yourself when you win the lottery is to be smart about your winnings. If you are not wise enough, you might be stricken by a certain lottery curse that turns winners into losers. The ironic thing about these winners is they did not end up poor because of some supernatural phenomenon. They just did not manage their money wisely. Take Illinois-based couple Merle and Pat Butler. After winning $218.6 million from the multi-state Mega Millions lottery, they vowed to follow sound advice from lawyers and financial advisers.
4) Help your Family and Friends
They were there through your ups and downs – to pick you up whenever you fall and to celebrate with you in your victories. It would only make sense that if you won the lottery, you would use part of your windfall in thanking your family and friends. Just take Florida Lotto winner Ruby Sorah as an example. When the 90-year-old woman from Largo won the $43 million jackpot, she vowed to help her loved ones. Sorah and her husband decided to take the lump-sum payment of $31 million and share the wealth with their relatives.
5) Donate to Charity or Certain Causes
$1 million lottery winner Hilda Floyd said, “You can only have so much money. You know what do you need it for? Give it away — make a difference in somebody’s life.” Within ten months of receiving her winnings, Floyd had already donated over 90 percent of her lotto windfall. She shared that spending the huge sum of money on herself would not make her as happy as helping others did. Money won from the lottery is not something you worked for. Needless to say, it would only make sense that you share the blessings to those in need.
So once you discover your amazing stroke of luck, avoid having unclaimed lottery winnings or wasting the money away. Follow some of the examples above and put the money into good use.