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If you won the lottery

  • 19-04-2023 11:32am
    Registered Users Posts: 119 ✭✭

    Would you stay in touch with family/friends? It sounds like a ridiculous question until you realize that in the States, people have been hounded and some even taken advantage of by people/killed wanting the cash. Money is really one of those things that changes relationships.

    Even though I'd trust family the most, I know seemingly happy families destroyed by inheritance when the true colours of relatives came out.



  • Registered Users Posts: 234 ✭✭niallpatrick

    I can't do anything such as leave this god forsaken dump of a town until I'm released from all parental duties. Nobody is keeping me here but I have to stay until my mum passes, it's non negotiable I have to see my family obligations through to the end after that I'm a free agent. So if I did win lottery or euro-millions after mum passed I'd sort my kid sisters and bro out for cash first then adios splitsville to the back of beyond coastal sticks and not keep in contact with any of my family. I owe them nothing, I owe nobody anything. Not the banks nor credit union I have no kids or debts, I have no disgruntled ex's or enemies.

    I live and exist as a total nobody and can easily disappear, my wife not to easy to tell her to do anything but she can either agree and go with me or I give her half and she can go her own way on her own without me to protect her, she couldn't live without me obviously I'd expect her to sort her family out with cash as well whether she stayed with me or not but I've put my life on hold for the last 7 years and deserve peace and quiet.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,378 ✭✭✭brokenbad

    Take a month long holiday in a luxurious and exotic location while i consider my options would be the first thing i would do after i had handed in my notice at work......

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,810 ✭✭✭phill106

    Irish lotto, think people would just think fair play, drinks on him and kind of leave you alone after that.

    Euro millions, no hope for you.

    Moral of the day, if you win, say it was the irish lotto. And then you blew most of it paying off your house/ car /debts.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,358 ✭✭✭raclle

    Surely nobody owes that much to blow it paying off debts?

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,810 ✭✭✭phill106

    Wouldnt have it all blown, but half anyway!

    few hundred k for a house. New car for yourself. Bit of money left over so you can quit your job hopefully?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 20,754 ✭✭✭✭dxhound2005

    If I won €100 million, I would just keep on living the same as before, and tell nobody. I would make no will, and leave it to the people who think they are owed something to fight over it when I die. It would be a nice surprise for them anyway.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,536 ✭✭✭hoodie6029

    I’d tell no one, just say I did well on trading crypto.

    The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

  • Registered Users Posts: 234 ✭✭niallpatrick

    Yes Euro-millions does carry risks if you did win, the lady from Limerick? where a gang threatened to kidnap her son if she didn't give them half of the winnings well she did the right thing and told the guards. Even the lotto in the 6 counties there are spiteful scroats who can't see anyone with something nice and that includes the 6 counties media 'what are you going to do with the money are you going to do something for the cross community'? Talk about being put on the spot, what are they supposed to say? 'no nothing for the cross community' now on the rare occasion where somebody from the 6 wins big and goes public it's expected they're going to fund some cross community project. Hmm isn't that the whole point of the UK lottery? to fund notable causes and community groups.

    Thats like winning but paying a gambling tax when there is no tax on the winnings, imagine winning in the bookies 'are you going to fund a cross community project'? away and expletive yerself!

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,754 ✭✭✭✭dxhound2005

    Don't worry Niall, you will never be faced with this awful dilemma. And don't worry about it on behalf of other people.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,622 ✭✭✭victor8600

    If I won €100 million, I would hire a smart lawyer to setup a trust fund for my extended family to allow them to pursue their business ideas without the need to work for a salary, with the trust fund as a shareholder. In effect, a private bank owned by the family for the family.

    If it's only a €100k, it won't make much difference, I'll just blow few k on a fancy holiday in Maldives and put the rest into shares.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,736 ✭✭✭Greyfox

    Of course I would. If family and friends do this then it's a case of you just having bad family/friends. The lotto brings happiness only if you spend the money wisely

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,758 ✭✭✭✭BattleCorp

    I'd do my absolute best not to tell anybody. But there would be signs.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,974 ✭✭✭✭Kintarō Hattori

    If I won the lottery I wouldn't treat my family or anyone else differently. If it became obvious that I won, then I'd simply state that I had won some money. Winning that amount of money, I think you need to be philanthropic, which I would intend to be.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,301 ✭✭✭BrianD3

    I have no friends and only have extended family. We are not particularly close but don't fall out over money or anything else. Many of us are millionaires anyway. Living a sensible life and not falling out with relatives is a good way to build wealth whereas fighting with others and handing over money to solicitors is a good way to reduce the wealth of the collective. I'm not surprised that greedy idiots do this when they come into windfalls.

    A lotto win of a couple of million would not particularly change my life and I wouldn't give any of it away or feel the need to tell anyone. It would be part of my estate to be distributed to extended family when I die. Now if I won 100 million on the euromillions that would be a different story, all my cousins would get millions, the biggest headache would be how to minimise their CAT liabilities. I don't know if retrospective signing tickets to avoid CAT is still a thing or if it constitutes tax fraud.

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,928 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    I’d just tell people that an investment paid off…..

    give them a generous cash gift and on with life….

    far easier then taking calls every other week from people who know you are 50 million rich , who heard this cause, that cause….need a dig out…

    not that you couldn’t help but it’s just going to be boring and time consuming dealing with people seeing you as an ATM…

    I’ve an aunt whose always dealt with my dad as a one stop shop for advice, DIY, loans ( yeah right ) of money that ended up turning into gifts…. Not worth the hassle.

    ” had some luck on an investment, this is for you“… the end.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,042 ✭✭✭Mister Vain

    I think I'd do the same. I'd say I made it on Dodgecoin or something. I'd buy a reasonably priced house and car, nothing too ostentatious. Just go abroad a few times a year for the hookers and sports cars.

  • Registered Users Posts: 51,652 ✭✭✭✭tayto lover

    I'd buy a set of golf clubs ................... St.Andrews, County Louth and my own beautiful Greenore.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,955 ✭✭✭Degag

    So why would you bother playing it in the first place?

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,616 ✭✭✭maninasia

    I know people with mega money (not me), things change but not as much as you think for most.

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,754 ✭✭✭✭dxhound2005

    I enjoy the thought of all the mayhem that would ensue when I was dead.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,758 ✭✭✭✭BattleCorp

    If I won the Euromillions I'd tell nobody. And I mean nobody. Your life would be seriously changed, and lots of it wouldn't be for the better.

    I like where I live and wouldn't like to be hounded out of the place. I also don't like the idea of my mother or any other family members being threatened or kidnapped. And because I'd tell nobody, I couldn't go flashing the cash, not right away at least.

    I'd pay off my mortgage and any outstanding debts. I'd buy a nearly new car, not brand new. Not a McLaren or anything exotic, maybe a nearly new Toyota Carolla or something boring like that.

    Then I'd set up my own sham business and leave my job and pretend I was working in my sham business that involved me working from home etc. I wouldn't be working of course, I'd be taking it easy. I'd take several very nice holidays and live pretty relaxed for a year or two without doing anything too extravagant all while pretending to work from home. Then after a year or two, I could pretend my business was doing very well and slowly start spending more and more of my money.

    Eventually people would think 'that cnut's loaded', he sells stuff online' or whatever my sham business claims I do. Then I'd be able to help family members etc.

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,754 ✭✭✭✭dxhound2005

    These threads always have two running themes. Ridiculous nonsense about not going public, and inflicting a lifelong vow of secrecy on others. And hysterical stuff about being hounded and murdered. Replete with the usual urban legends.

    It would be a nine day wonder and after that nobody would care what you did. They have their own lives to get on with.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,317 ✭✭✭gameoverdude

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,754 ✭✭✭✭dxhound2005

    Go on and tell me how badly these people fared. Or what miserable lives the tens of thousands of millionaires endure, who didn't get their riches from the Lotto.

    Since 2020, Dublin has unsurprisingly topped the charts for National Lottery wins with over €68 million paid out to 275 players, 22 of which won prizes in excess of €1 million. In the last three years, ten separate millionaires were made in Co. Cork while Galway and Mayo have had six new millionaires each.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,786 ✭✭✭Panrich

    It would be the best three weeks of my life.

  • Registered Users Posts: 35,816 ✭✭✭✭BorneTobyWilde

    I'd buy every property on main street, then half the rent of those who occupy them.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,932 ✭✭✭trashcan

    Build a giant water park with slides, etc. That’s what you do, right ? I’ve seen the ads.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,918 ✭✭✭Lewis_Benson

    I'd upgrade the 2012 car to a 2014 at least anyway, paddy spec of course.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 26,558 ✭✭✭✭Creamy Goodness

    Won the Irish one? Probably just pay off the house, force the parents to actually retire (they're still working even though they don't have to).

    Won the Euro millions? - get professional advice. Probably buy property (multiple) somewhere warm and work from there for 6/7 months of the year, airbnb them when not there and get someone to manage it all. Also would go back to the Maldives during December/January. With all that it basically means being in Ireland for like July :pac:

    Would definitely buy a nice Ferrari, watches and update the old wardrobe lol.