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You've just won the lottery, what do you do

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GipsyDanger Wed 19-Apr-17 08:51:13

(Inspired by a conversation at my work)

Everyone knows how they would spend their millions. What would you do?

If the amount was considerable but not life changing, I'd do the usual of pay off the mortgage and put what I could in savings. You know, the usual sensible stuff. But if I won more money than I could spend I would;

Build my own house. I am kind of in love with old buildings (hello r/architectureporn) so if I could I would buy some poor old decrepit building and restore it to its former beauty, having the money to do it properly and do the building justice. Otherwise I would build from scratch.

I would visit all the places I've wanted to go. Paris, Venice, Rome, Egypt, America. I would make sure my son and family would want for nothing.

Once I got all that out of my system, I would probably do volunteer/charity work.

How would you spend your millions?

firstly I would hand in my notice at work, invest a lump sum, give my boys a lump sum, buy a new car, build a house, travel lots and assuming this was a mega mega win, buy both DS's a house each. I can alas only dream as I don't even do the lottery smile

AlpacaPicnic Wed 19-Apr-17 10:13:40

Tell DH to quit his job! Reduce my hours down a lot (I mostly like my job and get on well with most people but it does get in the way of lie-ins)
Spend a looooong time on tripadvisor planning a lovely holiday...

HarrietKettleWasHere Wed 19-Apr-17 10:15:22

I would spend it rescuing poor donkeys and mules from working in places like Eygypt and Morocco. I realise it would have an impact on their owner's livelihood so I would replace the donkey with a veichle instead. The donkeys would get to live out their lives in a lovely field somewhere and I'd care for them every day.

Probably not realistic in the slightest even with a huge win blush but I've thought about it a lot.

StillStayingClassySanDiego Wed 19-Apr-17 10:17:01

Leave work.
Have a good holiday first, BoraBora is my dream destination.

Buy a new house and a beach house in Pembrokeshire.

Put aside money for the ds's.
Make sure my Dad and MiL are comfortable to do as they please.

We'd buy houses to do up to keep Dh busy.

Donate to CRY and the local hospices, volunteer somewhere to prevent boredom setting in.

Highmaintenancefemalestuff Wed 19-Apr-17 10:18:05

I would clear debts and plan and pay for mine and dh's funeral.

Buy a house and get it just how I want it.

Put money aside ready for when the kids want to buy their first house, separate. Money for them in savings.

Help out family.

Make lots of memories.

PJBanana Wed 19-Apr-17 10:19:39

First of all, I would never EVER go public!

I'd build my own home and buy some amazing cars, then me and DP would spend our life on one long holiday grin

I'd make sure my family was taken care of (mortgages paid off etc).

Then I'd probably go and do charity work with animals all around the world. That's the dream.

Pinkstars2501 Wed 19-Apr-17 10:20:15

Oooo if it was multi millions, I'd quit work. Still work my notice because I do like my colleagues, but I'd be gone. It'd give DH the opportunity to quit, but I think he might not.

Then I'd sort both sets of parents and siblings out with a house/pay off their mortgages. I wouldn't give them cash because they'd piss it up the wall. Yes I know it should be their choice, as adults, what they'd do with any money, but fuck it they should be greatful I'm so generous grin.

Then I think I'd move to a more rural area, not too put in the sticks but not so central. Then go on a long holiday.
Then I'm not sure what, just enjoy life a bit really, be comfortable but not in your face.

I think I'd need about 6million. I don't think I would retire and do all that else....

JellyWitch Wed 19-Apr-17 10:20:27

Buy a medieval manor, train in garden design and horticulture. Send the kids to the best schools I could. Pay off my siblings' mortgages.

MissisBoote Wed 19-Apr-17 10:21:45

I'd invest in finding a cure for me/cfs and then once that's sorted and I recovered I'd make up for lost time by doing all the things I can't do now grin

wobblywonderwoman Wed 19-Apr-17 10:22:34

I would give up my job.. I hate it sometimes though I love the structure it brings to my life. So I would volunteer.
Pay off mortgage. Love our house and even with millions, I wouldn't change it.

Put money aside for dcs. Buy a foreign property and maybe a little apartment in London so I could go there for occassional weekends.

FishInAWetSuitAndFlippers Wed 19-Apr-17 10:23:07

I would buy a few massive houses and turn them into refuges.

I would set up a charity for trans children to go and get neutral, factual advice and counselling.

I would also do the usual building a house, put some in a trust fund for my children and start up a business that will keep some money coming in.

I would also love to put in a big 80s and 90s festival with everyone I loved through my childhood and teens there.

on a less pleasant level I have a bit list of people I want to disappear grin

RockyBird Wed 19-Apr-17 10:24:18

I've just checked my ticket.... £2.90 win. I think I'll save the 40p in a jar and buy another £2.50 ticket with the rest.

If it had been millions I'd claim, then phone DH to come straight home due to an emergency I couldn't discuss (he works 10 mins walk away) as I'd need to see his face when I told him.

Jobs would be quit, mortgage paid off and holidays booked. Some family members, charities and beggars in the street would benefit too.

helpimitchy Wed 19-Apr-17 10:25:08

Pack in work

Get a nicer car

Have a relaxing holiday

Get a cleaner

Never cook again - eat out or get posh ready meals

OhHolyFuck Wed 19-Apr-17 10:25:33

A huge win?


I'd clear debts
I'd by a house, pay my 3 friends mortgages and buy a 4th friend a house outright for her too
I'd take the kids on a lovely holiday, probably Disney
I'd donate to the women's unit at the local hospital (DS1 and I wouldn't be alive without them) and another few charities close to our hearts
I'd get a dog since I could cut down on work enough to be at home with it
I'd hire a personal trainer so I could get thinner/fitter like I want to be
I'd learn to drive and buy a car so we could have more freedom
The rest would be for savings/living off with a few treats

Horsemad Wed 19-Apr-17 10:25:48

Give up work, immediately!

8misskitty8 Wed 19-Apr-17 10:26:05

Pay off mortgage, maybe move to a detached house. (Got great neighbours here so not sure on that )

Pay private for genetic testing, NHS have refused to pay for it despite every member of mums family dying of cancer. Two kinds which are classed as linked cancers. Mum and me are in remission from 2 other cancers which again scientists have proven to be a linked cancer.
Money for cancer research due to the above.

Put money aside for Dd's for uni, wedding and first house. Etc.
Probably buy a house for my parents so they could live near to us. (Live in a flat at the moment) and have a garden to sit in.
Holiday every year to Florida.

yellowcorn Wed 19-Apr-17 10:27:13

I only like daydreaming about a proper Euromillions win - not those piddly Lotto jackpots grin.

I'd buy houses for me, my parents and siblings (we're in London so this would cost loads). Put investments safely away for future generations of the family. Study degrees in different subjects part time, travel loads. Do lots of creative stuff. Spend freely on services that make life easier - housekeeper, chef, driver, PA, PT.

I don't work right now but I'm not sure DH would stop work no matter how much we won. He gets a bit restless even on days off.

UntilTheCowsComeHome Wed 19-Apr-17 10:34:09

Buy our house. We currently rent but love our home so would love to make it ours.

We'd spend money doing it up; extending and updating the kitchen, add a conservatory, update the bathroom, getting it decorated in a colour that isn't magnolia smile

Buy a nice, but not fancy, car for DH.

Do an intensive driving course so I could learn to drive quickly then get a nice little car for me.

Put money aside for the DSs.

Give money to my brothers.

Give money to DH's sister.

Go on our first holiday abroad. I rather fancy Lake Bled.

To be honest we don't have expensive tastes or wants, it would just be nice to have a comfortable life and do some things we can currently only dream of.

DoItTooJulia Wed 19-Apr-17 10:41:19

Nothing noble in the beginning! I'd be on the phone to Branson, get hi to get rid of the others off Necker and hire a private jet to take everyone I wanted to on a dream holiday.

Via NYC (suite at the Waldorf) shopping.

Then, I'd get the family together and plot and plan what we were going to do. Buy a beautiful home with a pool. Put money away for the kids. Help out the friends and family I wanted to.

Donate to charity (air ambulance and water aid).

Live in the lap of luxury and hope I don't get paradise syndrome!

MaidenMotherCrone Wed 19-Apr-17 10:41:25

I'd get a shit hot financial advisor. You can't just give huge amounts of money away without it being taxed etc so the gift would not end up as the amount given.

I'd buy land, lots of land.
Build a house.
Make sure my DC's had plenty to last their lives.

Most of it would go to charity though.

aconcernedrelative Wed 19-Apr-17 10:44:58

Leave the country!

BeeFarseer Wed 19-Apr-17 10:46:09

I would never, ever go public.

Once the usual stuff is sorted - pay off debts, mortgages for family, setting up trusts for family members who can't manage money, etc...

I would buy a decent house nearby, nothing extravagant, just bigger and better than our current rented terrace. We'd carry on with our lives for a while before deciding what to do next.

I would definitely get a nice car (and do an intensive course to learn how to drive it). Same for DH.

CountessYgritte Wed 19-Apr-17 10:48:45

New house with posh stuff like a utility room!
Big garden

Personal trainer who wasn't a twat

Prepared healthy meals arriving every day

Get dc the help they need which isn't available on the NHS but is if you have £££ sad

Buy my mums house from her so she doesn't have to worry about wills and step children and can get rid of the grasping fuckers now. Also get her a weekly cleaner and an on call builder/handy man to sort out all her little jobs. Send her on fancy holidays.

Buy a small flat in London for overnight stays after theatre etc (is multi millions, yes?)

Buy house for dcs and sort out trusts so they aren't screwed by tax etc


Sort out my niece's problems ( easier with money as can go private)

Get DH some counselling
Find some support for me.

New car for both of us.
Taxi account for my mum so she doesn't have to drive anymore.

Buy a MacBook Pro!

Off to buy a lottery ticket now!

Horsemad Wed 19-Apr-17 10:48:50

I do know a lottery winner, they won a HUGE amount.

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