Livin' Large: Win lottery, but give away $11M

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    Livin' Large: Win lottery, but give away $11M

    An elderly Canadian couple wins $11M lottery, but gives nearly all of it away.

    Calling the money a "headache", Allen & Violet Large said they were happy enough without it:

    "What you've never had, you never miss."

    "That money that we won was nothing," her tearful husband, Allen, told Patricia Brooks Arenburg of the Nova Scotia Chronicle Herald. "We have each other."
    Instead, they opted to give the money to a long list of organizations they valued:

    They took care of family first and then began delivering donations to the two pages' worth of groups they had decided on, including the local fire department, churches, cemeteries, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, hospitals in Truro and Halifax, where Violet underwent her cancer treatment, and organizations that fight cancer, Alzheimer's and diabetes. The list goes on and on.
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    Shoulda given it to me.
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    Now that was real nice.

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    Good for them. Sounds like they have huge hearts.

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    Why play the lottery at all then? I mean thats SUPER nice of them, don't get me wrong.

    Me and my family could more than use that kind of money.

    Frankly, I wouldn't have given away that much to charity. Definitely would help family first, and friends second (even if their not "in need", I'd still pay off their cars/houses.) and make sure my immediate family was set for life, and then some first. (Then some meaning my daughter, and future children, at least set through college.)
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    So they spent untold amounts of money on lottery tickets,just to give it away.Thats real nice.Now let me go smoke some more reefer with my hand earned,fast burned cash while elderly canadians are giving millions away to,oh i get it,the church!

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    Good for them.
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    I'd also give most of mine away if I won. I think I've come to the realization that being wealthy is great, but I'd have to do it by my own hand (mostly). I dont' think I could ever really take a genuine sense of satisfaction from having millions of dollars that I didn't really earn.

    I'd probably pay off debts of very local family (like mortgages, student loans, etc), retire my parents, and put a bit in my savings and give the rest away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul34 View Post
    I dont' think I could ever really take a genuine sense of satisfaction from having millions of dollars that I didn't really earn.
    I could.
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    I believe that lotto winners getting the "big one" always suffer from a life changing experience with that amount of riches. Many wished they had never won in the first place. Some go from rags to riches and then rags.

    Many of them suddenly discover relatives, and good friends they never had before and every charity in the world comes down the pike after money.

    Yet, a lot of us would love to win just to see what it does indeed feel like.
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    My thought was not giving anything to any charity during the first year. However I would compile a list of every charity that called me asking for money. Then, figure out who hadn't called and bothered me and surprise them!
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    I think Pinklady and I could find good use for that kind of money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoJoGunn View Post
    I believe that lotto winners getting the "big one" always suffer from a life changing experience with that amount of riches. Many wished they had never won in the first place. Some go from rags to riches and then rags.

    Many of them suddenly discover relatives, and good friends they never had before and every charity in the world comes down the pike after money.

    Yet, a lot of us would love to win just to see what it does indeed feel like.
    Yup. A lot of people have zero idea how to manage a windfall like that, or what the rich lifestyle really requires in the way of ongoing living expenses. Also, you tend to lose your "real" friends and get money friends.

    Even if I decided to keep it, I'd keep it a big secret... at least as much as I could, I guess.

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    I think I would pay of debt and buy a place instead of living in an apartment. Also probably try to convince my adopted family to move in with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexHassin View Post
    I think I would pay of debt and buy a place instead of living in an apartment. Also probably try to convince my adopted family to move in with me.
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