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What would you do if you had a winning lottery ticket? I don’t mean just any lottery ticket. I’m talking huge, life-changing, multi-million-dollar Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot money. When the numbers get up into the hundreds of millions, you’re not just taking the kids to Disney World for a week. How do you think your life would change?

A survey by Play Pennsylvania looked at all things lottery and found that only 1% of people who play do so daily. It also showed that most people (83%) would keep it hush-hush if they won the lottery. Definitely a good idea. Who needs a bunch of “long-lost cousins” coming out of the woodwork? Then again, 88% of respondents said they would donate money to charity or relatives in need. Nice. Maybe there’s hope for humanity after all.

Surprisingly, only 10% of people said they would quit their job on the spot. Two-percent said they would leave their partner. Ouch. And as far as purchases with those lottery jackpot winnings, the top three were New Home, Trip, and Car. But those are short-term changes. What about the big picture?

Sadly, too many lottery winners have either lost all of their winnings really quickly and, in some cases, met with a tragic end. Therefore, the first thing you would want to do is hire a lawyer and financial advisor to keep you from making any foolish mistakes. Then you could start having some fun. Here are the top five things people said they would do after they won a big lottery jackpot:

  • 1. Travel The World

    This one is sort of a no-brainer because not only could you go just about anywhere in the world, you could do it in style. First-class all the way, baby! You wouldn’t even have to pack that much stuff. Just buy new clothes when you get there. Don’t worry, you can afford it now.


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  • 2. Pay Off Debt

    How great would it feel to be free and clear of all your outstanding financial obligations? House? Paid off! Cars? Paid off! Credit cards? Paid off? Future college educations? Already paid off!

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  • 3. Become An Artist

    With no more debt hanging over your head, you can start to focus on the things you really want to do with your life. It’s time to unleash that inner-creative genius that has been held captive by your 9-to-5 job. Paint, sculpt, make movies, compose symphonies. The world needs more art!

    Man painting watercolor

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  • 4. Write A Book

    Writing a book takes time. Fortunately, with your newly-acquired fortune, you can afford to take all the time you need. Here’s an idea starter for your first novel: Person of average means suddenly comes into a massive amount of money. Aaaand go!

    Woman writing on laptop

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  • 5. Play Video Games Full Time

    If you won a Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot worth hundred of millions of dollars, you could do pretty much anything you want. As long as it’s legal, of course. If you want become a professional gamer, go for it. Who knows? It could lead to even more money for you!

    Playing VR video game

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