What will you do if you win the $363M jackpot tonight?

So, you’ve bought one ticket for tonight’s $363 million Mega Millions jackpot drawing. Or if you’re like me, you’ve bought numerous tickets from various locations. I’ve even asked my cousin in another state to buy me some tickets. I’ve got to get those odds up as high as possible right?

A ticket cost $1. A single winning ticket would mean a payment of $13 million a year for the next 26 years, or a single $259 million lump sum payment.

The drawing is at 11 p.m. tonight.

What will you do if/when you win?

39 comments Add your comment

miah b

March 27th, 2012
12:09 pm

Pay off my student loans and old collections that’s affecting my credit score and then by myself my first home

Erica

March 27th, 2012
12:23 pm

Get a financial managment team of professionals together to ensure that the money will be well managed and that all tax issues are covered before ANY spending. Next, pay off ALL bills!!! Put money aside for kids education (through college). Set aside amount for charitable donations. Then, live conservatively, as I would want such a HUGE “blessing” to be a financial legacy for my childrens’ children. And spending like a madwoman (ie buying depreciating assets like cars, etc,) won’t accomplish that. I would work for a bit longer, and then probably return to school and get a Phd and do a complete career change, as the money would free me up to pursue the doctoral degree full time. What a dream…..

Josh N

March 27th, 2012
12:23 pm

Enter your comments here

Kim

March 27th, 2012
12:24 pm

I would pay off ALL of my debt, open up a trust fund/college fund for my daughter, pay off my parents debt, give some to family members(a one time deal) make some wise investments, travel, give to numerous charities and try to enjoy life without going overboard….

RuffRydeHer

March 27th, 2012
12:25 pm

I’d use it to get the heck out of GA. This state is so backwards, I still can’t comprehend how it’s still running. Can’t get it to rain, can’t clear snow/ice, just NOW getting sunday alcohol sales, high unemployment, non reliable public transportation… I could go on and on…

Josh N

March 27th, 2012
12:25 pm

Pay off the house and cars, give to the church, and buy the biggest baddest bass boat known to man.

Josh N

March 27th, 2012
12:27 pm

RuffRydeHer whats stopping you.

RuffRydeHer

March 27th, 2012
12:33 pm

John N… I don’t have the money. Why don’t you send some my way so both of us could be happy…

Sluggo

March 27th, 2012
12:33 pm

I would disconnect my phone to keep each one of the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” from calling me.

RuffRydeHer

March 27th, 2012
12:33 pm

I meant Josh N… my bad

Mike Hunt

March 27th, 2012
12:37 pm

I would pay the media to stop talking about this stupid Trevon Martin case.

Steve

March 27th, 2012
12:45 pm

I’m going to Disney World…
On a private jet

Sid Vicious

March 27th, 2012
12:46 pm

This is about a pointless question. Of course people would help family & friends, donate to charity & pay off whatever they need to bill wise. The question should be: Who is gonna be dumb enough to come after me & my money if I win the lottery? Bring it boys…

Matt the Brave

March 27th, 2012
12:55 pm

I heard that the Mets are selling $20m shares right now. I’d buy 2 of those and then do everything I could to sell all the good parts of the Mets to the Braves. :D

Thor

March 27th, 2012
12:57 pm

I would ensure that all of my family could go to college. I would give a lot away to local and national charities. Make sure all of my family is financially stable. Then sit on the rest of it so I can live without the stress of money problems. Probably become a “professional” student.

sharon

March 27th, 2012
12:57 pm

If I survived the heart attack, I would hire a financial advisor. I would gather the 10 people that are the closest to me and give them 2 million dollars each; quit my job, give to various charities that help women and children. That’s all I can think of for now. To Mike Hunt I hope you never ever lose someone you love to senseless violence. If you can, put yourself in the parent’s place.

Jim

March 27th, 2012
1:06 pm

I’d buy Costa Rica

JoeBlow

March 27th, 2012
1:06 pm

See, the reason none of you will win this drawing is because you have logical answers. Now, If one of you said “I’m going to party like a rockstar and wind up broke in 5 years” you’d probably hit the numbers dead on.

sharon

March 27th, 2012
1:08 pm

Lol @JoeBlow

Sid Vicious

March 27th, 2012
1:17 pm

Oh, I would ask Kate Upton out for a date & then show the ring…

Shelley

March 27th, 2012
1:20 pm

I would give my condo to a group of cloggers so they could dance in it all day and make my neighbors (who I think wear wooden shoes) as irritated with me as I stay with them.

Cammi317

March 27th, 2012
1:21 pm

1st thing I would set up a Trust for my daughter, which would release certain amounts at various points in her life (and it would carry a mandate that she had to either work or do charitable work through age 50 to collect monthly stipends between the ages of 25 – 50). I would pay off any debt I have as well as any debt carried by my parents and my siblings. I would set up trusts for my neices and nephews, with the same mandate given to my daughter). Arrange monthly stipends for my parents. Arrange monthly stipends for my siblings with a mandate that either they or their spouses must maintain a job til age 50. At age 50, they could make the decision to continue to work or live off of whatever amount is left in their trusts. I would give lump sum smaller amounts to other relatives and my closest friends. I like my house and my neighbors, so I would not move, I would simply make a few improvements and redecorate. I would also set up annual stipends to give to certain charities of my choosing. I would open up a little breakfast and lunch spot and spend my evenings home with my daughter while I finish writing the series of childrens books that I started and a couple of murder mystery novels.

Lawrence

March 27th, 2012
1:25 pm

Two chicks at the same time, man.

Marky Mark

March 27th, 2012
1:37 pm

I would make sure my wife ,children ,and grandchildren would never have to work…..
Give to many charities

vince neil

March 27th, 2012
1:44 pm

I would get a big pirate ship and sail the 7 seas! And invest the rest in small rental homes..to be sensible of course…

Mick Dee

March 27th, 2012
1:55 pm

I’d start a meditation school and charge a ton of money for students to try to visualize getting rich. Then when they went broke I’d tell them they weren’t meditating hard enough.

Mitzymy

March 27th, 2012
2:00 pm

First, I would take the money yearly, rather than all at once, and pray that the Lord would let me live long enough to collect all the payments. This would ensure that I would not go broke in my lifetime. I would pay off my home, send my children 2 million each so that they could help their children. I would then start writing checks to pay off all my bills, update my home and hire someone to keep up my yard. I would pay off my car and buy me another one. I have already traveled extensively, but I would take my close friends and family on a 1 week cruise on a private boat. The yearly stipend would probably be at least 200k, and I could live modestly and donate to charity, on that.

Pablo

March 27th, 2012
2:14 pm

Move out of this country, give some to family members and retire in the sunny caribbean!!!!

@Lawrence

March 27th, 2012
5:10 pm

GeeTree

March 27th, 2012
5:20 pm

Buy a new car, buy a house, donate some money, save some and start my own business.

GeeTree

March 27th, 2012
5:22 pm

I will shout with joy till my voice gives up and then smile like I have never smiled before ;-) Give people $100 tips and tip janitors at the airports. Will travel, share and be myself!

MICHELLE

March 27th, 2012
11:42 pm

Pay off my bills, student loans, pay off my parent’s house and loans . I would take the lump sum so I can get the tax portion over with the first year. Donate a lot of it to bring down the first year tax liability.

Derp Derpington

March 27th, 2012
11:52 pm

Two words… hookers and blow

TimSpencer

March 27th, 2012
11:58 pm

I don’t know why nobody has mentioned this yet….

If I win the jackpot, the first thing is to hier a team of medical professionals… possibly even an entire hospital, to make sure that I can live as healthy as possible for the next 40 years….. withou good healthy, how the heck am I going to be able to enjoy spending all that money? Steve Jobs can’t enjoy a dime of the billions of dollars he left behind. (sad, but true)

Other posters have indicated that they will give some of the money to family and friends. I will do absolutely no such thing. I’m buying new friends and family. :)

ZGood

March 28th, 2012
12:02 am

If I would have won My plan was to give every person in America that makes less than $100,000 a year $1 million. I would still have had around $50 mil to play with. I mean come on, this country’s problems could be solved with one out side of the box act of generosity.

Calvin G. Sims, Sr.

March 28th, 2012
12:53 am

Fishing around the world with my children and grands.

Go Falcons!!!

benita wheeler

March 28th, 2012
11:25 am

backyardcation..thank God we live in hotlanta

@ZGood

March 28th, 2012
12:44 pm

ZGood, not sure if you were joking or not. Your math doesn’t work out. Approximately 85% of households in the US make less than $100k/yr. There are approximately 115 million households in the US. This is just about 100 million households that make under $100k/yr. If you gave each of those households $1 million, it would cost $100 trillion dollars (note this is only $1 million per household, not per person as you suggested). The lottery jackpot is now up to half of a billion dollars. You would need to win such a jackpot 2 million times before you could execute an easier version of your plan (per household). Also note that this $100 trillion number is roughly equal to 25 times the total income of the US federal government for 2012.

In other words, sorry, your plan is incredibly unrealistic.

Truth

March 28th, 2012
1:37 pm

Call a tax lawyer and a financial advisor. Set up a trust for each person I wanted to give money to, so that they couldnt squander it and it would last for the rest of their lives. Put the rest in a trust for myself and set up a 5% annual allowance to myself, reinvesting all other yields.
Pay someone to move my families belongings while I am on vacation at an unknown locale, delete all email addresses, change my phone number (constantly), and try to live out my days in peace,