Biggest Lottery haul in U.S. history. What would YOU do?

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The winner of $758.7m in the Wednesday August 23rd 2017 Powerball Lottery has shown her lucky mug and claimed the biggest jackpot in American history.

The 53-year-old Mother-of-two Mavis Wanczyk played numbers numbers based on relatives’ birthdays – 6, 7, 16, 23, 26, and Powerball number 4 –  at a Pride Station & Store in Chicopee, Massachusetts. State Lottery have validated the ticket.

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While the biggest Powerball jackpot to date was $1.6 Billion, that one was shared by three ticket holders in January 2016. Pfft.

“The first thing I want to do is just sit back and relax,” said Ms Wanczyk, who had already called her boss at Mercy Medical Center, where she worked for 32 years) to inform them that she would not be coming back. Still no word on why she refused to give the courtesy of a 2-week notice.

“I had a pipe dream.. and it came true.”

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She added that she was “going to go hide in my bed”.A  lottery official described Mavis as “your prototypical Massachusetts resident”. He added that she seems like “a hard working individual” and “clearly she’s excited”. Well that’s a waste of a hard working individual.  Let’s get a lazier summbich to win won of these bad boys!

The $50,000 prize awarded to the business that sells the winning numbers will be donated to charity, said owner Bob Bolbuc. Hopefully, it’s not money he could have really used but was donated under some weird local pressure.

Wanczyk chose to take a lump sum payment of $480 million or $336 million after taxesWith the recent trouble Illinois was having paying some lottery winners, The option of taking it over  29 yearly payments would not be for me.

Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and the Virgin Islands had tickets pulling in a nice consolation prize of $2 million each. while Thirty-four other tickets got some walking-around money ($1 million each).

The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million. Cornelius Nelan, a mathematics professor at Quinnipiac University, puts the odds in perspective by noting they’re about the same as flipping a coin and getting heads 28 times in a row. If you’re like Mavis and play “often – mostly scratch-offs”, your odds of winning skyrocket to approximately 292.2 million… and your odds of buying your packs of Virginia Slims or Basics individually throughout the day as opposed to by the carton also increase significantly. I kid, of course. Everybody knows that people in the medical profession know better than to smoke cigarettes.

What would you do with millions?

The Girl and I often fantasize how we would spend “Lotto money” or the less milliony “poker money. With last night’s biggest win in U.S. lottery history While we have played the lottery only a few times, our odds are even slimmer than the already astronomically bad chances of winning. This is a work in progress – a living list, if you will. I’ll keep you updated on how we tear through the list upon our winning. Hey… somebody’s gotta win!!

Tell as few friends as possible. Probably understate money and act like we got super-high paying stressful jobs.

Start an animal shelter a la PAWS.

Hire friends to be overpaid to work for one of our non-profits.

In-Law section of home that’s really it’s own home, for friends (and friends of friends) to come and go as they wish, without having to STAY stay with us.

Maybe run for local government.

Personal trainer for each of us, family, and some lucky friends.

Super healthy and fancy food delivery service.

Play in the World Series of Poker Main Event and every other bracelet event I could fit in. Pay some friends’ entries also.

Pay people to do things.

Private music lessons to force me to keep practicing/playing.

Test ALL the mattresses.

Throw a music fest. Probably annually.

Buy the most fancy-pants VIP for every music fest.

So what would YOU do with a sudden windfall of big money?? Comment below

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3 Thoughts to “Biggest Lottery haul in U.S. history. What would YOU do?”

  1. JJ

    Buy a boat, plane and a number of condos throughout the nice places of the world. Then I would spend time homeschooling my kids as we travel from place to place. Of course, I would hire people to do stuff like fly the plane, cook, specialized tutors, personal fitness person, etc. I would also invest in talented people’s projects. Somebody has the ability to build a production capable flying car, they just need some financial backing.

    1. loudplace

      I like it! My girlfriend and I go back and forth on the multiple condo situation. Definitely should get 2 or 3 but more than that… we think maybe it’s fancy hotel time.

  2. Anonymous

    Fancy hotels. Good call. There are some I would definitely like to visit but not own property in the area of such as Paris, London, Hong Kong, etc.

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