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Winning the Lottery Changing Your Life

Updated on December 28, 2016

Lottery Winners

For many people winning the lottery would be a positive wonderful experience, they think they would get themselves and their family out of debt, buy or build the house of their dreams, buy a Porsche, Mercedes or my fantasy car, an Aston Martin.

Maybe you dream of taking first class luxury trips, spending time in an all inclusive spa, buying jewelry and designer clothes or funding an amazing retirement where you could travel the world and help out your friends and family financially. Look at all of the ads after the new year, win $5000 a week for life or forever as Publisher's Clearinghouse is now advertising, win your dream house, win a new car and $500,000. But what if you won $270 million dollars (as the family did in the YouTube video below) or a half a billion dollars do you think you would have a "normal" life? Does money really make you happy?

While there are exceptions, more often than not we read or see how lottery winners have ruined their lives. There are countless stories of drug addiction, deaths, and lives led astray by the immediate "gift" of wealth. Yes, some lottery winners do keep their day job, pay off debt, help family and friends, build the house of their dreams and continue to live quite happily. Those lottery winners most likely sought the advice of a reputable financial planner and thought through how they would invest their winnings and still maintain the life they desire.

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The Internet is full of books and guides that claim they can Increase Your Chance of Winning the Lottery and Win More Lotteries with their patented system but be warned these are scams. Winning the lottery should not be your retirement plan, your goal or your way out of a difficult situation.While it is exciting to think that a $1 lottery ticket can change your life it is more exciting to think that you are capable of changing your life without winning the lottery. How will the next year be different for you by taking control of your life situation?

Most likely I will make more money on this lens over time than I will winning the lottery next year or in my lifetime. But for most people it is the instant gratification or the possibility and opportunities than the money would bring into their lives.

This instant rush or fantasy is more important than consistent hard work and real results. Unfortunately people usually give up with their writing career because it takes longer than they think it should, but you can make money writing you just have to be persistent and stay positive.

Do you have winning the lottery fantasies?

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    • KathyMcGraw2 profile image

      Kathy McGraw 4 years ago from California

      This really makes you stop and think! It's so true that money can't buy happiness, and just as true that once you have all that money people come out of the woodwork.

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      paulgrossman 5 years ago

      I used to have them more often in the past but what changed it was when I saw a very sobering TV special about lottery winners where most were worst off AFTER winning! You have a very good, thought provoking lens! Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Well winning a high amount of money gives me a chill ... call me crazy, but if I ever win the lottery, I really wish that it would be a smaller amount. I really love my life as it is, and I think that larger amounts of money can complicate things really fast. nice lens with really interesting topic.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Sure! My husband and I like to talk about what we would do with the winnings every now and then. I agree that we have the power to change our lives without winning the lottery as well. :)