People who win lotteries say that living with the wealth enables them to have a life well lived. But history has shown that winning the lottery has been more of a hardship and a curse for many. My husband often wishes to win the lottery, plays faithfully, and plans accordingly what he will do if he wins the millions. Because he is now retirement age, he thinks it will happen soon, because here in our state a lot of retirees win the lottery. LOL But I'm from the school of thought that if it doesn't happen, then there is a good reason. For him (and me) it would be wonderful to have material wealth, to be able to help so many causes that we champion. But I think it would ultimately end up destroying the life we have built the last 40 years. Because disagreements may ensue as to what to spend, how much is being spent and how fast, and long range plans become skewed.
So I think a life well lived is a proud accomplishment as opposed to a life with material wealth (no matter how you came into that wealth - inheritance, working hard, winning it, etc.). Wealth changes people who did not have it all along. People who grew up with it have certain "arrogance" about them (IMHO) and certain expectations to go along with it. People who have lived their lives well tend to have a different (higher) degree of self esteem than those who have material wealth. No scientific theory here, just opinion. Readers, please don't bite my head off. :-)