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What is the first thing you would do if you won the lottery?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on May 25, 2011

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“Being that I’m a finance major at the University of Kansas, I would invest my winnings.”

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“Put it in the bank.”

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“Pay off my student loans.”

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“I would fix it so I don’t ever have to work again, though I’d probably continue to keep working. After that I would figure out how to help take care of family and friends.”

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clovis_sangrail 2 years, 10 months ago

Buy the country club at Alvamar and donate it to Loring Henderson to use for the homelss shelter.

If the neighbors put up too much of a stink about the homeless shelter, build Section 8 housing on it.

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gkerr 2 years, 10 months ago

I'd first get on my knees and thank God for my good fortune. Then I'd buy the LJ World and turn it into a great newspaper by eliminating the incessant bias tilt to the left, maybe even tilt it a bit to the right where most of the folks are. Gkerr

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ihatelv 2 years, 10 months ago

Buy another lottery ticket.............

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RoeDapple 2 years, 11 months ago

May have to wait a while for that lifetime supply of Reese's mini cups Whitney . . .

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Scott Morgan 2 years, 11 months ago

This really is an interesting question, and if you can trust in the state lottery folks very likely to happen if you play.

I'm pretty satisfied with the life carved, and unlike Cait48 would never leave the U.S Maybe a couple minor things. Besides buying new wife, children, home, right knee, friends, part of the country, last name, personality, and replacing one of my four dogs, I'd not change anything. Maybe one of those colorful Hawaiian shirts too.

Actually, Uruguay or Paraguay, always get them mixed up seems to be interesting places to migrate. I like the one with the port and during colonial times attracted Italian immigrants.

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worthlessljworldposter 2 years, 11 months ago

Buy LJWorld and ban all online posting. Then dispose of and assume the identity of TV's Glenn Beck. Then buy a dispensary in California. Then offer Barry Penders $1m to stand around downtown wearing a sign that says "Barack Is My Friend And Yours Too". I have this dream every night..

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Cait McKnelly 2 years, 11 months ago

Become what I've wanted to be for most of my adult life; an expatriate. Well, you know you guys did give me a choice when you said, "America. Love it or leave it." (And no, I wouldn't let the door hit me in the rear on the way out because I'd be gone so fast it would miss me.)

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 11 months ago

Roe, I took a closer look at the H&H Land Rover, considering how much an H&H rifle costs, the car is a bargain.

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Bill Lee 2 years, 11 months ago

I'd take the first flight out of KCI. When it lands, I'd check into a hotel and decide where I'd go next and what I'd do before coming home. Most lottery winners go bankrupt by making bad investments trying to make even more money. If the jackpot is big enough for me to buy a ticket, I wouldn't need any more money. I'd put it in my checking account and spend it on things I need or really want, not a bunch of crap just to be spending. I'd give a lot of it to friends and family. I'd make some donations, and then I'd cruise for the rest of my life.

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kansanbygrace 2 years, 11 months ago

Not original with me, but like the old dude in Idaho, I'd keep farmin' 'til it's gone.

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M. Lindeman 2 years, 11 months ago

Set trust's up for all my kids, maybe get the ranch that has been sitting on the "never going to happen " part of the wish list.

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Liberty_One 2 years, 11 months ago

I'd probably give most of it to my friends and family. And buy some gold.

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FlintlockRifle 2 years, 11 months ago

Buy all the 40 s&w, 243, 270, 223, 30-06, 00buck ammo, that Cabela's have ,ops I just bought the store ---all mine

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HollisBrown 2 years, 11 months ago

Peter Fonda comes from a long line of sniveling crybabies. The fact that a talentless, commie nutjob like him hates Obama makes me even happier that I voted for him.

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LadyJ 2 years, 11 months ago

Buy the LJW and then ♣Free the Blog♣. Oh and then make Whitney the "boss".

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southerngirl 2 years, 11 months ago

I would go where no man has gone before and never come back...

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 11 months ago

"Well, I’m not going to say the words ‘Barack Obama’, but "

but he just did!!!

Peter Fonda is one of those people that when his name comes up I think, "I thought he was already dead."

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g_rock 2 years, 11 months ago

The moment I win, I calling the plastic surgeon. I need thing lifted, implanted and sucked.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 11 months ago

I can not believe Peter Fonda is not in custody after calling our President Obama a "F*@cking Traitor", then saying " I’m training my grandchildren to use long-range rifles,” said the actor, 71. “For what purpose? Well, I’m not going to say the words ‘Barack Obama’, but …”

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 11 months ago

I have no idea what the topic is.

/scrolls up

Oh, yeah. Winning the lottery. I don't like to dwell on statistically improbable hypothetics.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 11 months ago

I'd open Snap's House of Bruschetta.

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autie 2 years, 11 months ago

topic? what topic? we don't need no stinky topics.

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rockchalker52 2 years, 11 months ago

This topic is like a rudderless boat in a storm - listing all over the place.

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cj123 2 years, 11 months ago

Jump up and down and scream! Anyone ever see the video of guy who thought he won the lottery but his friends set him up? That was just plain mean!

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kinder_world 2 years, 11 months ago

Invest. Donate to charity. Help family. Move away from Lawrence.

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Clickker 2 years, 11 months ago

first thing would be to set up a charitable trust. May as well help folks out rather than donate to the govt.

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beatrice 2 years, 11 months ago

I guess it all depends on how much money we are talking about. I've won $10 in the lottery before -- it wasn't quite enough to retire. $100 million on the other hand? First thing I'd do is probably change my tune and take the side of the folks who argue that rich people shouldn't be taxed.

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autie 2 years, 11 months ago

Ronaldo, such a narrowed vision.

transplant list vs. the you die list nice list vs. naughty list (I happen to be on both of those) invite list vs snubbed list A list vs. D list listerine vs. listeria mustard vs. ketchup jury list vs. I'm not registered list

It can go on and on and on....sometimes list are our friends.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 11 months ago

Yah, I'd spend my day staring at the U.S Debt Clock while conjuring up all kinds of hateful political thoughts. Rosie the Riveter was a man.

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grammaddy 2 years, 11 months ago

Cash in my winning ticket and disappear.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 11 months ago

I'm going with CW. And I've never watched "Glee". I saw it the first time, when it was called "Fame". Debbie Allen was hot, and there was more of an emphasis on the dance, which is my passion.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 11 months ago

Tornadii Maybe Camping was right after all...

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bangaranggerg 2 years, 11 months ago

Buy a share in a private jet, call a transportation company and give them a large retainer for limo/ town car travel. Donate enough money to the Willams Fund that I would be in the first flight of Allen Fieldhouse seat selection. Upgrade real estate holdings. Set up gift trusts. Hire a nutritionist/personal trainer for home, and a security advisor for foreign travel.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 11 months ago

autie, Lists, lists are evil, vile, exclusionary, persecutory.

Whitney - Has a list Evil Santa Claus- makes Lists - Evil McCarthy - made lists - Evil Baseball Writers Assoc. - makes lists - Evil Stalin - made lists - Evil Guido von List - Evil

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HollisBrown 2 years, 11 months ago

I would probably buy Bob Dylan's house in Malibu, on the condition that he would have to live there with me.

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autie 2 years, 11 months ago

Location: lieberry. Funny, I don't find that odd at all.

RC52...there are some list that are good to be on; then there are list that are not so good to be on; and finally some list that are very very bad to be on. The real trick is to know you are on the list because nobody will tell you straight up. You have to discover that for yourself.

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 11 months ago

"Stop Identity theft!! (You know who you are!)"

! I can't say anymore or Whitney would disappepepepepepeeerereeeded me.

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Andini 2 years, 11 months ago

Bring back The Good Guys! Dan Starks needs to solve crimey.

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CWGOKU 2 years, 11 months ago

I would pay whatever it takes to keep Glee off television

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he_who_knows_all 2 years, 11 months ago

Stop Identity theft!! (You know who you are!)

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kernal 2 years, 11 months ago

Give a 10th of it to charities, setup trust funds for the kids (as long as they go to college and don't screw it up), pay off some friends mortgages and buy my dream home in ,,,

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rockchalker52 2 years, 11 months ago

I would finance Autie's party in shameless attempt to attain a spot on the list.

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Marty_McFly 2 years, 11 months ago

Go back to the future.
And thanks somedude, keep Cool Hand Luke as it is. Remakes suck.

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rockchalker52 2 years, 11 months ago

Hire a coupla men Fridays to call on a whim, help with the heavy lifting. It'd be an easy gig, lotsa beer runs probably. Gal Fridays ok, too. I yam equal opportunity sloth.

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somedude20 2 years, 11 months ago

Have Van Halen play my bithday party (after saving Brook Shields from drowning) I might also buy the rights to "Cool Hand Luke" so that it never gets remade starring Ben Affleck or Pauly Shore

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autie 2 years, 11 months ago

I could make a list of people I would invite to the party. But it would be sketchy at best.

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rockchalk1977 2 years, 11 months ago

I would help pay down the national debt. My share is currently $129,179.

http://usdebtclock.org/

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RoeDapple 2 years, 11 months ago

Buy two .45's? Nah, I'd buy Colt Industries . . .

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Royals 2 years, 11 months ago

Make the Royals World Series Champs once again.

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autie 2 years, 11 months ago

Roed, they said win the lottery, not Fort Knox.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 11 months ago

Fund A homeless shelter for Lawrence. In Tulsa.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 11 months ago

buy Whitney a lifetime supply of Reese's mini cups

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prospector 2 years, 11 months ago

A round at Free State for all.

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CWGOKU 2 years, 11 months ago

Change my phone number, give something to charity, quit my job, buy a Colt 1911 with about 100 rounds of hollow points, hire Hollis as my bartender, buy an RV and get out of town for a while. Head to where they make Jack Daniels, then to the Budweiser brewery. Then to Denali National park and look for grizzlies. The "twins" comment above sounds good. Ketchup, only on fried taters and hamburgers.

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speak_up 2 years, 11 months ago

Yep. Student loans. Then pay off the car. Then go on an amazing trip abroad.

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 11 months ago

I'd also go buy many exotic and expensive rare mustards.

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 11 months ago

I'd commission Anthony Bourdain to make the best biscuits and gravy meal ever made.

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BigPrune 2 years, 11 months ago

I'd create high paying jobs in..........Eudora, since I know Lawrence never wants them.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 11 months ago

Holland & Holland would have a very profitable quarter.

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BABBOY 2 years, 11 months ago

I would hide it where no one could get THEN sell my business, get the flip out of the flipping red neck imbred state and move to Hawaii and run a hot dog stand on the beach in my swim trunks.....

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 11 months ago

I guess I'd row on out into the middle of a lake, bring along a bottle of tequila, my sax and some Bach.

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LadyJ 2 years, 11 months ago

Take a day off and do nothing and maybe try out Starbucks or some other coffee place. Then I would hire somebody else to paint the house this summer.

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autie 2 years, 11 months ago

I'd buy Hollis a new computer and a bottle of Wild Turkey.

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nomansland 2 years, 11 months ago

Take $10 of it and donate to Joplin tornado victims and then who knows.

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Gene Wallace 2 years, 11 months ago

Yes to the RV and travel travel Travel!!!

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Pywacket 2 years, 11 months ago

Buy a big piece of strawberry rhubarb pie.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 11 months ago

Most likely go into cardiac arrest . . . as I am hit by lightning . . . while photographing Bigfoot . . . stepping out of a flying saucer . . . On Dec. 21, 2012.

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jackpot 2 years, 11 months ago

First R.V., second 9mm, Third travel.

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Gandalf 2 years, 11 months ago

Ist thing buy 2 45 autos. Second buy an island.

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deec 2 years, 11 months ago

2nd. Scream until I was hoarse or soil myself, whichever comes first.

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thuja 2 years, 11 months ago

Try to remember when exactly I bought a lottery ticket.

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