My Friend Won The Lottery

If you saw my tweet last night you’d already know that one of my classmates (not one of these girls) won the lottery last week. Like, 25-million-dollars-won-the-lottery.

Do you think if she remembers today is my birthday she’ll send a paper present?

She happens to be one of the sweetest, most giving people I know and am sure that she and her husband-to-be (they’re getting married in 2 weeks, together for 14 years) will spend/invest/give the money wisely but this hits so close to home. I can’t help but dream about what I would do with that kind of money and how my life would change. Remember…we don’t pay taxes on lottery winnings in Canada so she gets all 25 million.  I could buy Greece! I kid. Oh man the things I could do though…

I’m finding it hard to not let it get the best of me but I can’t stop thinking about it. Hubby and I don’t even ‘play’ the lottery, outside of a scratch ticket in a stocking or odd pro-line, so it’s not like it could happen to us, but I still find myself daydreaming.

I’m literally sitting here looking for creative ways to come up with enough money for our power bill while she is financially set for the rest of her life and many generations behind her, should she chose.

I don’t like the way I feel when I let these thoughts consume me so I’m trying not to think about it too hard but when things like Facebook exist it’s rather difficult. I guess I’m thankful for a baby who consumes most all of my time to act as a distraction!

Have you ever known someone that close to win the lottery? What did they do with the money?

PS- All you Americans, VOTE today!

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  1. Happy birthday! My cousin won a small lottery (I think about $25K) when she was a kid, so her parents put it on a savings account and by the time she was 18 it was a nice sum. I think I wouldn’t tell anyone if I won millions, I don’t want to have new friends out of nowhere ask me for money. Since I have no dreams of extravagant luxury, neighbors would probably not notice a big change anyway.
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  2. Yeah I often think if I won I wouldn’t tell either, I’d like to think even in winning the lotto I’d be frugal and responsible, I feel like these traits just wouldn’t go away.

  3. Wow, that would be extremely difficult to manage. I know it probably doesn’t help at this moment, but the only way to get around this is to have perspective. It’s important to remember that things could ALWAYS be worse; it’s important that you look at your life and realize all of the blessings you have. Money is just that…money…while it can provide some worldly luxuries it can’t buy true happiness.
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  4. Oh I totally get that, I have perspective and don’t think I have any desire for worldly luxuries, my life would be 10000% better if I won 100k, I don’t need the 25mil! I count my blessings though, I have a house, husband and baby who I love dearly.

  5. Wow that is awesome! That really makes me want to go play now.
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    • I know, eh? but now I know for sure I’d never win- I mean what are the statistical chances of anyone else I know ever winning, myself included??

  6. My fiancé and I inevitably begin discussing what we’d do if we won the lottery whenever we visit Halifax. A house in the south end would be priority #1. 🙂

    I think I would be green with envy if I were you, you seem to be taking it pretty well! I guess it’s just important to keep your eye on the ball and not let things like that distract you from your goals – I know it’s hard!
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    • SO hard! I know it won’t happen to us, ever so I just need to keep working on doing everything I can to increase my income so we can have some sort of life!

  7. I like that you said she’s one of the sweetest, most generous people ever. That means she’ll probably do some good with all that money. Most people that win the lottery buy a house they still can’t afford, then run out of money in a few short years. Personally, I wouldn’t tell anyone for a long time, though. It is public knowledge who wins, so everyone would eventually find out, but I’d want to know who my real friends are first!
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  8. Catherine says:

    Yeah, this girl will be smart about it I know. She grew up in a small fishing village and was forced to move west for work. There’s no doubt in my mind she will move home as soon as she can and probably buy a piece of land big enough for her whole family to live on in the small community. I’m glad it was her, if not me 🙂

  9. Wow, that’s awesome. I’ve never known anyone who won the lottery. Although I worked at a convenience store in high school that sold a winning 50 something million dollar lottery ticket. I think I would be extremely conservative with the money and look for ways to live off of the income. Happy Birthday by the way!
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  10. Wow, good for her, wow! I hope she invests it wisely. Don’t worry, good things come to good people. Take steps to plan, invest and save – it’ll be similar to winning a lottery in terms of feeling good about yourself. You lucky Canadians and no tax on lottery 🙂 In U.S. we get all excited about winnings, then when we see taxes come out its like … “Oh, bummer, still … woohoo!”
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    • I’d get excited about winning like 100 bucks so if I won 25mil in the US and had to pay everything but like 100k in taxes I’d be stoked!

  11. The closest I’ve even been to someone was my friend’s ex’s mom. She won $70k every year for life on a scratch card. So there is hope for scratch off players! But apparently she doesn’t manage it well and it’s all gone after a few months every year. Congrats to your friend!
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    • If I ever won something like that I’d take the lump sum payment since you can’t will lottery winnings. 70k/year for the rest of you life is a huge amount of money!

  12. A classmate of mine in High School-his Dad won the lottery, but everyone was happy for them because he had just lost his job and they were having a hard time making ends-meet. I hate facebook, lets boycott it together ok?

    P.S. If I had a million I’d send you back the million you sent me 😉
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  13. Oh my….$25 million dollars…my family, my church, and my favorite charities would be set! I really don’t play much but my hubby does, which works out because half would be mine anyway, LOL! A family member had won $5,000 on a scratch off a couple years ago and it was great for them. We’ve won a hundred here and there and can only dream of hitting a big one like that! What a wonderful blessing! Congrats to your friend and many blessing on her marriage!

    • Yeah the things I would do with that kind of money…other than the obvious of paying all my debts off/investing etc I don’t know where I’d start!

  14. Many happy returns! 🙂 – One of my friends from schools Granny won the lottery… about 4 million pounds. She divided it up to her family and my classmate was spoiled rotten… a few years later it was GONE. As in all -gone. They didn’t even manage to pay off their mortgage… mental
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  15. So that is where the other half of the $50 mill went. One half was won by a large group of co-workers in Northern Alberta. They each get $1.6 mill

    How cool for your friend!!

    I dream about winning all the time 🙂

    We pay 5 bucks a week for Lotto Max.

    A friend of mine won a few years ago through a group pool at her work. They won a large jackpot but 20 of them were in the pool so they each received just over $300,000. She paid off her mortgage, spent a small bit and put the rest away. She was already very good with her money so she knew what to do with it.
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    • Catherine says:

      I’d like to think if I won I’d do the same. 300k is a decent chunk of change!! That’s all I’d ever want!

  16. K.K. @ Living Debt Free Rocks! says:

    First off Happy Birthday! I still am included in an office pool with my former co-workers so my dreams of winning the Lotto 649 are alive and well lol! I am surprised that your friend went public with her winnings. My husband and I would be in 100% ninja mode if that were to happen to us. We’d be afraid of all the new “relatives” suddenly appearing out of the woodwork…this would happen fo real. Seriously though we’d take a few weeks and work with a professional to designate how we would want to allocate such a huge sum. $25M is a life changing amount!
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    • Catherine says:

      haha I know, I’d go into hiding too and to be fair it wasn’t her that came out and told the world, it was her best friend who spilled the beans-I’d be pissed personally! 25mil is a life-changing amount!

  17. Well, it’s nice that a really good person won it. That would certainly make it MUCH easier to take than some jerk winning it. Still, I can see how I would feel a little bit of envy. I mean, we’re only human, so I think that’s okay to feel some envy and I certainly wouldn’t blame you. It will probably fade over time.
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  18. Happy Birthday! I’ve never known anyone who has won a significant amount of money in the lotto. We don’t even play because I generally think it’s a waste of money, but once in a while the bf buys a ticket just to dream. It’s nice to hear your friend will spend/save the money wisely. I feel like you hear about people who piss away the money on stupid things and then go broke.
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    • Yeah we do the same…just to dream a little every once and a while, but when we don’t at least win our money back I instantly get mad we wasted our money lol.

  19. That’s awesome! It’s really crappy odds when you play, but SOMEBODY has to win, right? I’m glad it was your friend.
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  20. Recently there was a story in the US where a guy’s girlfriend broke up with him, and a week later he won the lottery. Everyone was hoping that he wouldn’t take her back!
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  21. There was a couple in our small town that won a few million about a 5 years ago. i didn’t know who they were before they won, but I did afterwards, everyone did. People came out of the woodwork all over asking/demanding for money depending on how entitled they felt. It nearly destroyed the couple, they stopped going out of the house because the staring and harassment never ended. They must have either moved away, or gave the money away because they aren’t on the small town radar anymore.
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  22. That is incredible. Almost like knowing someone who got struck by lightning. You would be happy, but wonder why not me. I’ve never known anyone who won something like that. Wonder if it would change them?
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  23. Thats crazy!! I would be so green with envy. It sounds like she is a good person, though. I must say you are taking it well. Kudos!
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  24. Maybe I should start putting entries in? It probably would seem a little hypocritical now after I just posted about how playing the lotto is a waste of money.

    I’ve never actually known someone to win big, but obviously it does happen…
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  25. Wow – that’s awesome for your friend! I hope that they are able to survive it. I know that people who win get absolutely hounded by charities, scammers, “friends” and “relatives” to the point that it really makes their lives terrible.
    I saw a headline in the local newspaper that someone in a nearby town won $500K recently. I don’t think I’ve ever known anyone who’s won anything. My grandma is huge into bingo and has won $5,000 once or twice; I’m sure it only dents her entertainment budget for bingo though!
    I start dreaming about winning a million dollars and then get upset when I realize how quickly it would all be gone! Pay off mortgage, throw some in the bank, take a trip, pay off my brother’s school, give some away, then it’s virtually gone! (Not actually, but you see what I mean!)
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    • Catherine says:

      A million deff doesn’t go as far as it use to! It would make my life a lot better though! We’d be debt free and have savings, I could afford to stay home!

  26. Wow. I’ve never known anyone personally who has won anything close to that amount of money. Sure wish it had been me! I’d probably pay of my mortgages and my student loan. Then I’d want to pay off my parents mortgage and debts and set up a retirement account for them. After that… giant house party? 🙂
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  27. I wish I could win the lottery. But, I think that would never happen. Well, it is nice to see someone so close to you to win. Hope she will handle it the right way and keep the fortune, so 5 years later we won’t read a story of filling a bankruptcy.
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  28. Everything is very open with a precise explanation of the challenges.
    It was definitely informative. Your site is extremely helpful.
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  29. My dream is to win the lottery, unfortunately I play since 1998 and never won! My friend has won $ 9000 and my brother won $ 500 last month.

  30. Some work friends won $ 35k. After that day everyone in the company came to play!


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