Saturday, March 10, 2007

Winning the Lottery

No! I didn’t win the lottery. How can I? I didn’t buy any ticket. Someone else did and got the shock of his life.

Ed Nabors, a Georgia truck driver, won half of the $390 million richest lottery prize in US history. The winner of the other half hasn’t showed up yet. Read the entire article here.

So, what is he going to do with all the money? Buy a house. Quit present job. Travel to Europe. Hide from pesky relatives. Donate to charity. Buy an island. asked their readers what they will do with their money if they hit the jackpot. Their responses are here.

I knew of many people who buy lotto tickets. My boss here won the sweepstakes years ago. His share of the win was just enough to pay off the medical expenses of his child who had a heart problem. He considered it as God's provision. For the others, I can see the excitement in their eyes even if only 2 or 3 numbers are carried in the winning combination. I really never thought of buying any ticket. So far, I haven't bought a single one, though a colleague kept on prodding me. I just wished I'd stumble on a winning ticket somewhere.

What about you? If you were the winner, what would do with the money? I have the weekend to think it over. he he.


dodongflores said...

I didn't bet to a lottery yet in my life. But if I will and could win, I'd put it as time deposit in a bank for the educational funding of my kids. Part of it will go to charity...

Gypsy said...

I actually saw a TV program some time back where lottery winners were interviewed on how life was after winning. Some divorced, some went into depression, some filed for bankruptcy, etc etc. I guess that's the problem with instant wealth, it overwhelms people so much it messes their lives up. Kaya hindi ako bibili ng lotto, baka manalo pa ako...mahirap na.:)

snglguy said...

Granting that God will be kind enough to drop me a hint on the winning Lotto numbers, I'd spend the rest of my life backpacking around the globe like those Lonely Planet travellers. After giving my family their fair share of course...

Hey thanks for the visit and comment, Lazarus. :-)

Francesca said...

my personal view, lotto is gambling. And many view gambling as their source of hope.
I dont. I prefer to stay in reality.
Work,earn money, live a life the way a Christian is and put my hope to my God.
His blessings are prefect, it does not add pain into it.

If i won in Lotto, it will be my ticket to die early, lol
I will not be safe...

Lazarus said...

The following message is in my email inbox today:

We happily announce to you the draw (#1052) of the UK NATIONAL ONLINE LOTTERY,online Sweepstakes International program held on the 11th of March, 2007.Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 188 Serial number 5368/02. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £500,000.00 { (Five Hundred Thousand Pounds Sterlings)in
cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.

Contact the details below to claim your prize:
Mr. Mel Gimmson
Claims agent
UK Online National Lottery
Phone: +44-7011128416

vernaloo said...

sheesh...I think all the money will stressed me to death.

But lemme see..probably pa renovate ko bahay namin sa Negros. Donate ako big amount sa elementary at high school ko then kuha ako madaming scholars. Basta yung masisipag lang talaga mag aral. Surely hindi pa rin ubos ang pera ko jan so gawin ko na rin 3 floors yung church namin sa probinsha.

Then travel all over the world. Then hire din pala ako stalker para takutin yung ex ko everyday! joke! hehe

sexy mom said...

i will buy each of my 7 kids a house, and give them money. ang babaw ko ano? and i'm going to give to gawad kalinga.

and i will make a manny pacquiao--tatakbo ako sa congress (the biggest joke in my life!)

and i will buy all my blogfriends a macbook! plus bonus to my regular visitors!

anyway, this is all just wishful thinking.

Lazarus said...

dodongflores, the millions is way way too much for the educational funding of your kids.

gypsy, i heard stories too. They just can't handle the money.

snglguy, perhaps you'd like to travel incognito?

Lazarus said...

francesca, have you ever imagined helping your relatives if you win such amount?

verns, why bother about the ex? he he he. send him to thailand plus a million pesos.

sexy mom, sana manalo ka nga! I'd be glad to accept a mac.

tin-tin said...

i join raffles when my friends pressure me. hehe. i thik i only win when i need the money. like when my sister and i won a raffle worth P100,000.00. it happened during the time my family was having financial problems because my lola is in the icu for a month already

melai said...

sagot ko na lang yung gagawin ng nanay ko if ever manalo siya sa lottery kasi siya ang madalas tumaya dyan. Sabi niya bibili daw sya ng malaking lupa pagkatapos pagagawaan nya ng isang malaking building o bahay tapos lahat daw ng kamag-anak nya bibigyan nya ng kanya-kanyang bahay dun, sa tingin ko naman totoo siya sa sinabi nya kasi kahit di pa siya nananalo nandyan siya lagi sa likod at harap ng mga kamag-anak at hindi man kamag-anak nya.

iskoo said...

kapag ako nananalo sa lottery ng ganyang kalaki, treat ko lahat ng Pinoy bloggers at mag-set-up ako ng eyeball sa isang sikat sa hotel, libre! hehehe. kaso di naman ako nataya sa lotto.

chelsea said...

the first thing id do, bring me granma to sum fancy resto for dinner, bring her to the states on our private plane (naks!), she has always been afraid of flying thats why she never really went to the states to visit my mom, then ima buy meself an island hehe. and oh, id visit bantay bata too :)

lady cess said...

will use the money to migrate to either canada or us :)