Saturday, April 13, 2013

L is for Lottery Luck

Well, seems like one in three Canadians will be buying a ticket for today’s 55 million dollar lotto draw.

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If you live in Canada, will you be one of those three?

Prior to typing this post I was watching the evening news, it was giving this draw a little air time since the amount far exceeds the usual sum which is often under 10 million dollars.

What was interesting were some of the stats they shared: a person has a one in four million chance of winning the full amount or a share in the full amount.

Further, the news anchor stated, studies show that sixty percent of lottery winners go through their winnings in seven years - that’s right, seven years! Wow!

I once saw a show on television featuring lotto winners (or losers in this case) and what had happened to them over a ten year period. Sadly, the above statement is true; losses are tallied in more than dollars as families are destroyed and lives forever altered, and not in a good way either.

Yesterday, as I went out for a walk with Lucky (aka Wee Dog) I dropped into a shop and picked up a couple of tickets (one for mom, because she asked) and one for me - because I’m feeling lucky!

But then I always feel lucky - so I’ve already won! (remember my Life Lottery post... )


What would you do with 55 million dollars? 

Cheers, Jenny

24 comments:

  1. Hope you and your mom are as lucky as you feel. I think you could probably stretch it out longer than seven years if you're really, really careful!

    Julie

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    1. Hi Julie - lucky is as lucky does - I'm grateful for good health and a happy disposition and loving friends - that to me is more than any amount of money can buy.

      It would take me many lifetimes to to through 55 million dollars, if I hoarded it - I would share!

      Thanks for wishing us luck.

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  2. How on earth do they manage to squander that much money! My first visit if I won that sort of cash would be to a financial adviser.

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    1. Absolutely - get sound advice! It was bazaar watching what people spent their money on - crazy, ridiculous stuff that I would never buy - big houses, yachts, fancy cars - geez, those things have never appealed to me.

      Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  3. I'd put half of it on some secret account and live on it peacefully till death :) The second half I'd secretly donate to hundreds of charities and funds within the very same day to spread some benevolent mystery which the world would talk about for years :) And I'd give thousands to friends and "even" bloggers :PPP

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    1. Sounds good to me, Dezzy - I thing giving it quietly is the best - and like you, my friends would be right up there enjoying it with me. :) :) :)

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  4. Best of luck to you and your mom!

    I'm not sure what I'd do with that much money. Hire a good accountant first thing, I expect. :)

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    1. Thanks Linda - the "good" accountant is top on my list too! I have a good one already, so he will be the one I go to! :)

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  5. I would buy new tire for my truck so I could get back in that muddy field to cut wood!
    Then I would buy a dumptruck.....load of biscuits for my dogs!

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    1. Should I win, those things will be at your doorstep asap! :)

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  6. I've never won anything playing the SA lottery. My FIL however won quite a considerable amount to invest...pity I didn't a slice. I guess I will just have to go and buy my own bus ticket.

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    1. Well, given the energy you have I think you've already won! :)

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  7. Really hope that either you or the mother win the lottery Jenny, if anybody deserves it it's you guys, 55 million is so much money!

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    1. Aw, thanks Matt! Here's crossing my fingers... :)

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  8. Maybe I should be hoping you don't win?

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    1. Ah... reverse psychology - good thinking! :)

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  9. Good luck! I would buy a house in the Bahamas...write and do my photography to my hearts content. :-) Have a great Sunday!

    P.S. I love your background photo!

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    1. Thanks for the wishes - I just checked my ticket - and I'm happy to say I'm still a winner of Life's Lottery, just without the extra millions!!!

      Today is my daughter's 26th birthday - I am looking forward to it being a "great" day!

      As to my background - this is Sunset Beach, one of my favourite places to walk, there is also a dog friendly beach just behind where I took this shot.
      I have a host of "outfits" for my blog - I posted about them HERE if you want to see some of the sets I have donned in the past.

      Thanks for stopping by, Tracy Jo - hope you are having a wonderful Sunday, too! :)

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  10. Good luck!
    Just be thankful you're not me (well, besides the obvious reasons).
    I wouldn't win a one-man lottery.

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    1. In Life's Lottery.
      Oooh, I guess I'm a winner there, too.
      Too bad Mrs. Penwasser doesn't read these things, because she's one of the reasons I am.

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  11. I hope if I ever won a large sum I'd be smart and set up some sort of trust so that I didn't end up unhappy and broke after 7 years!

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    1. Hi mshatch - welcome to Pearson Report.

      I agree! I can't imagine not having financial advice on handling such a large sum of money.

      As I type this the draw has come and gone - I am still a winner of the Life Lottery
      and for that I am grateful. :) :)

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  12. Hi Jenny - I've no idea .. but I'd be generous to many who are in need, and I'd make sure I was sensible and had a 'small' reserve with no worries .. and then live healthily and happily on the income - boring?!

    Oh and I'd be over to BC for a visit! Cheers Hilary

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    1. No, Hilary, not boring at all - you and I are on the same page. I would not need much to add to my life's happiness, in that I am already extremely wealthy. Taking the edge of some daily/monthly expenses would be the only real bonus.

      And... like you, I would be exceedingly generous with most of it. Plus, I'd be coming your way for a visit too.

      In light of the fact the draw has come and gone and I am no richer in the monetary sense I will thank the gods I am still winning at the Life Lottery - which is a great thing indeed. :) :)

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Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts.

I'd give you a penny for them, but alas we just snuffed it out. Yup...gone!
It's all about the nickel now...so at this rate you can leave 5 thoughts!

Cheers, Jenny

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