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Mega Millions and the Powerball are both over a quarter of a billion right now, and you just won one of them! You’re taking home, let’s say, about $125 million. What are you doing with the money, and are you staying in your current job? Quitting? Working again? Tell us what you’d do!

 

Me, I’m quitting within 5 minutes of the confirmation I’ve won, and the money is on its way! I would meet with a financial advisor so that I stashed away enough money that my three kids would be set for life, but they’d have to somehow meet certain benchmarks for the money, like graduating college, having a real job, etc.

 

Once I had the kids taken care-of, I’d build a new Children’s theater in our town, with a gymnastics gym attached so we wouldn’t have to take our kids all over for their activities!

I’d then get a contractor and an architect and look at tearing down our house and rebuilding with a second floor, larger garage, and a place for a full golf simulator/man cave.

 

I’m not so sure about a second house, or anything like that, but I would join the three area country-clubs. After about 2 years of just golf, working-out, and relaxing, I would go back and do what I love: Coach hoops, and golf. I’d figure out the best philanthropy that needs help, and I’d give to them and our church. I’d give each of my brothers and sisters a bunch of money, take care of my Mom, and in-laws too. After that, I’d just enjoy my kids, my wife, and my life.

 

It’s good to dream...

 

 

 

 

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Two chicks at the same time man....

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Well, the kinda chicks that would double on a dude like me do

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I'd quit work in spectacular fashion, hire a tax attorney and financial advisor and leave Ohio for Florida.  Buy around an acre of land and build a house to my design. Buy both of my girls back home a house, so they don't have to worry about that and spend my days fishing, playing golf and doing what I want.

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Hire the best club fitter to set me up with the perfect clubs, build a state of art indoor and outdoor practice facility, hire Butch Harmon and Sean Cochran, and make another attempt at that single digit handicap.

 

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This thread has been done before, but it's always fun to dream...

After the retirement, standard pay off of everything and then making many of my loved ones financially comfortable, the FIRST big splurge for me would be to finally get my dream car; a 1993-1998 911 Porsche Carrera Cabriolet and drive it like that air-cooled flat-6 needs to be driven. Many lifetimes ago, I owned a 911 ('73 911T Targa) and regret the day I sold it. Damn what a fun car to drive...I miss it dearly...

As for golf dreams, of course I'd make the trek up to Canada & do a full-on fitting with Matt & Co. at TXG and for kicks, also visit PING and do the full VIP experience down there as well-including drooling inside the golden vault.

Then I'd travel quite a bit and do my best to meet up and golf with my fellow Spies all over the world. This would include going over to Taiwan to meet up with Matt who runs his YT blog; @GolfSidekick, and also hook up with randy from @FriedEggsGolf.

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I’m taking $2 million and I’m searching for any member of Augusta National who will let me donate that money to their favorite cause in exchange for greens fees for me and 7 of my friends.

I’m keeping my job because I’m 37, father to a 16 month old and need to role model.

I’m then setting up a not for profit pit bull rescue that hires disabled veterans and paying them a living wage.

But in all reality, I’ll just wake up and continue my life


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I’d get REALLY good at Golf!! The Wounded Warriors charity would be well taken care of, also.

 

My family’s future would be secure

 

 

 

 

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These are always fun topics to talk about.  If money was no object I would just stop showing up for work.  Let them figure out I ain't coming back.

I would like to invest in a golf course or two.  Heck, there are several local tracks that need some serious TLC.  One is borderline bankruptcy anyway, so I get that for next to nothing (relatively speaking), and I invest heavily in the other one.  This town sucks as far as golf towns go, mostly because everyone here hunts and fishes first, and then maybe golf if it's perfect weather and they aren't doing anything else.

But I could spend my days focused on making these two golf courses immaculate, and making them private, and making it an invite only membership to only the people I want to associate with.  I'd invite all my poor friends who can't afford a club to join and charge them $100 a month for unlimited golf.  My courses would be walking only, and maybe I'd get a dozen golf boards for those that couldn't walk.  There would be no carts on my courses.  If you can't walk, or do the golf board, go play somewhere else.

This would be the kind of golf courses that I could play anytime without being held up by that slow foursome, and I could make the conditions so fantastic that PGA Tour pros would be envious.  But no frills.  I don't need much of a clubhouse, or social events, or any of that nonsense that bankrupts a club.  We'd have a place where golf was taken seriously, and all that extra stuff would not exist.

On second thought, the two courses I am thinking of aren't set up for what I want to do.  I'd probably have to go buy some land north of town, where no one lives, and build it up, putting a fence around the property so no one could see in, and when you entered the property, it would feel like you are a million miles from anything else.  Yeah, if that sounds like what Augusta National is, that's what I am looking for.  Except I would build my own little slice of golf nirvana.  A place I could go every day to escape the rest of this messed up world.  And I might build 36 holes, with both 18's being interchangeable among the four nines so that I could always have 18 holes in perfect shape with the other 18 or 9 or whatever being worked on.  And sure, let's throw in a 9 hole par three course for fun.

Yeah, it's just my dream, and it'll probably never happen, but I think that is what makes Augusta so special.  The fact that it's impeccably maintained, and they exclude anyone they don't want around.  But yeah, you'd probably need more than what that one lottery winnings will allow you to do with this course for very long.  Eventually you'd need some revenue to make it work, and since I am not Bobby Jones, you can't just invent "The Masters" and make it a cash cow.  But hey, I figure I have about 25+ years tops left, so that money should last at least that long on my golf course mecca.

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Oh man... I love daydreaming about this... where do I start?

-First would be getting a tax advisor to figure out how to split the money (real estate, bonds, different banks in different countries, etc.)

-I certainly wouldn't waste the money on private jets, yachts and such. All I want is a nice piece of land where I can build my dream house: splurge on a swimming pool, half a basketball court, tennis court, mini golf/putting green, small movie theater, karaoke party room, etc. I would also get a house in Taiwan and Costa Rica so escape Germany's winter and spend time with family.

-What kind of dream house would it be without a garage? Nothing luxurious either. Probably an SUV for the family (the new Mercedes GLE), a Porsche Panamera Turbo as my daily driver and an American muscle car for fun (probably a Camaro). Not really into the supercars...

-I would quit my job for sure just to spend more time with the kids and play golf. Use my free time to learn couple more languages, painting, or any other hobby.

-My kids' future would be safe, but I probably wouldn't let them know how many millions are waiting for them. They will eventually figure out (based on the house and cars), but I want them to also learn the value of hard work. I guess this would be the hardest part. Obviously, I would share the wealth with my parents, siblings, friends and a few relatives.

-What good would all this money be if you can't help others? I've though about different projects: create a scholarship programs for kids who can't afford an education. Go to rural areas and invest in housing for the homeless/poor. Probably can't feed them a lifetime, but at least they'll have a roof on their head, somewhere to sleep, shower and eat.

-As for golf... probably just join a local club where my house is located, get the best bag there is after a luxury fitting and travel around the world playing whatever course is on the way.

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I've thought about this quite a lot...lol.

I'm a simple man. I don't need or crave extravagance. If we're talking $100 million or more............

The very first thing I would do is get a good lawyer on retainer. The next thing I would do is find a trustworthy financial guy/gal. After that, I would make sure my family and friends have no more worries.... and make certain they all know that this is a one time deal... don't squander it.

I would find a parcel of land to build a new house... a moderate sized house. I don't need or want anything palatial. It would be on already existing water or be able to build a decent sized pond/small lake. I would have a very nice and well equipped wood shop. I would have a large (10 car or so) garage.... attached to the house. No swimming pool for me...lol. I would fill my garage with classic American muscle cars.... most of them Mopars, of course.

Now the important stuff... I would volunteer my time to Habitat for Humanity... I have always wanted to use my skills to help other people that truly need it. I would take care of my church (the building) and donate time and money to the charitable causes that my church undertakes.

I would build furniture in my wood shop and give it away to family and friends... and people that need it. This isn't all unselfish on my part, as I truly love to build furniture and work wood..... you can only build so much furniture until you run out of space to put it...lol.

Golf: I love golf.... but I would be content to be able to just play any time and any course I wanted. I don't need to be a member of a country club, although, I probably would...lol. I would definitely be fitted for my whole bag and probably buy new stuff more frequently.... but probably not as often as you would think. I cherish quality over quantity and flash. I don't need the newest flavor of the day in anything, golf included. Unless it's a proven upgrade in quality and/or performance, I would likely just keep playing what I have.

That's about as far as I can go in this dream... I can't see much farther past that...lol.

 

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I'm a pastor so I wouldn't quit BUT I would look for a church in a nicer neighborhood haha. No seriously, I would take a great vacation with my family and I would buy all my children a home and car and cancel all their debts. I would buy a few watches, set up a trust fund for the grandkids, and give A LOT away! That would be so fun!


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I think it’d be fun to buy my parents s and brother a house. Maybe a nice trip for a few friends and myself. Make sure college would be paid for the girls and then save the restz

As far as golf related items, I think I’d turn a portion of my house into a club champion room. Hitting area, putting green and a wall of shafts and heads to tinker with.



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Always a fun thing to think about. My wife thinks I'm boring when it comes up.

 

Going into it it'd:

-set up a trust for my kid(s) and hopefully grandchildren. Some rules that it's for education, first home purchases and a small yearly amount. 

-Pay off any remaining debts/mortgage for myself, my parents and my siblings.

-give my parents and siblings a one time life bonus for being great.

-reduce my work week to 3 days.

-join a local golf club.

-start coaching youth sports again.

And that's it. squirrel the rest away and make some yearly donations to charities in the area.

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1. Hire a tax attorney

2. Retire in 5 minutes

3. Buy a house in Florida and Phoenix

4. Get a proper fitting for the perfect bag of clubs for the wife and I

5. Hire Butch Harmon as a coach for a little while and touch ups

6. Take care of my siblings bills

7. Donate a chunk to charity

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Definitely quitting once the money hits my account. An advisor is a must - at least in the beginning for sure. From there I'm going to pay off any outlying debts, purchase new cars for the wife and I, make sure the kids have money for college, stash some for later, and then give away a bunch of it. With that much money my dad and my in-laws would get some money along with our siblings. I'd look to do something nice for the grandparents as well. Give some to a church and some local charities. Truth be told, I could do everything I want with less than half that amount and give the rest away. I don't need to live a life of luxury. Just a life without worry and maybe a few nice things for the journey. I wouldn't buy some crazy mansion or ridiculous car (well maybe one), and I'd still have a job - just not the one I'm in right now. I'd either start a business or work part-time somewhere that provides health insurance.

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This is always fun, but you almost day dream to the point where you talk yourself into the lie that you have a chance of actually winning.  Never gonna happen.  Hope it does, but never will.

So like many have said, first things' first.  Hire Lawyer and Financial Advisor and basically put away 95% of the money to grow and let the interest pay for the taxes/bills going forward.  Set my children up with a trust as others have stated with some boundaries.

Most likely quit my job, but I like what I do for the most part and I'm 31 so I certainly want to do something.  Would love to get back into coaching, whether it's basketball, tennis, or golf to kids.

Help the family with cancelling their debts for the future as well as my own.

Most likely move further south or at the very least buy a home in Florida/California in a golf course rich town.  

Set aside some time to travel and see the world with my family. 

I'd buy an nice SUV, probably a Volvo XC90 and maybe something more sporty, although I do not have the need for speed and could care less about sports cars.

Would want a fantastic man cave to an attached building with all the things I could think up.  That new Wall TV for watching games, great simulator, bar, pool table, half court indoor basketball, gym, etc....

 Donate to some great causes as well as setting up scholarships in the local community.

 

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Ok, so $125 million huh, let's see how fast I can blow that cash!

First, Call up one of my good friends from law school who specializes in Estates and Trusts to help me set up something that would set up future generations for me and my family. Likely established in South Dakota, Delaware or Nevada since they have really advantageous trust establishment laws.

Second, PAY OFF STUDENT LOANS AND INTEREST. Do it for my sister, my girlfriend, and my mom. 

Third, Buy a nice house for me and my girlfriend and complete paying off family houses. 

Fourth, Set up an investment portfolio based with blue chip stocks, long term bonds, and other securities with high yield potential while mitigating risk.

Fifth, Leave my current job and transition into the pro bono legal field and work a few cases a year on retainer or flat fee. Simple stuff too, like tickets or easy to handle criminal work. 

Sixth, Get a nice car with 4WD and a good amount of space, nothing crazy but maybe like a nice SUV or Crossover, hopefully a hybrid.

Seventh, Donate enough money to my school district or colleges to get my parent's name on a building or establishing a scholarship in their honor

Eighth, Give seed money to up and coming companies, politicians, and nonprofits that would match my personal ideals and attempt to cut down on youth violence in Syracuse by forming after school camps and other things to get kids off the streets and into classrooms

Ninth, Travel with family or send family on trips they want to go on. Namely, Alaska for my folks, Europe for my sister, and everywhere for me.

Lastly, Vanity Purchases. Get some new golf stuff and put some aside for potential upgrades over time, perhaps join a club or maybe buy one of our local clubs that's fallen on hard financial times. My girlfriend's family owns and operates a local theater in Rome, NY so I'd either buy it outright and install them as lifetime workers or act as a silent backer and fund them whatever they needed. Also, I'd buy out the owner of our local semi-pro soccer team and run it as an owner who would try to make it more for the fans. Lastly, donations to arts programs throughout the community.

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Ok, so $125 million huh, let's see how fast I can blow that cash!
First, Call up one of my good friends from law school who specializes in Estates and Trusts to help me set up something that would set up future generations for me and my family. Likely established in South Dakota, Delaware or Nevada since they have really advantageous trust establishment laws.
Second, PAY OFF STUDENT LOANS AND INTEREST. Do it for my sister, my girlfriend, and my mom. 
Third, Buy a nice house for me and my girlfriend and complete paying off family houses. 
Fourth, Set up an investment portfolio based with blue chip stocks, long term bonds, and other securities with high yield potential while mitigating risk.
Fifth, Leave my current job and transition into the pro bono legal field and work a few cases a year on retainer or flat fee. Simple stuff too, like tickets or easy to handle criminal work. 
Sixth, Get a nice car with 4WD and a good amount of space, nothing crazy but maybe like a nice SUV or Crossover, hopefully a hybrid.
Seventh, Donate enough money to my school district or colleges to get my parent's name on a building or establishing a scholarship in their honor
Eighth, Give seed money to up and coming companies, politicians, and nonprofits that would match my personal ideals and attempt to cut down on youth violence in Syracuse by forming after school camps and other things to get kids off the streets and into classrooms
Ninth, Travel with family or send family on trips they want to go on. Namely, Alaska for my folks, Europe for my sister, and everywhere for me.
Lastly, Vanity Purchases. Get some new golf stuff and put some aside for potential upgrades over time, perhaps join a club or maybe buy one of our local clubs that's fallen on hard financial times. My girlfriend's family owns and operates a local theater in Rome, NY so I'd either buy it outright and install them as lifetime workers or act as a silent backer and fund them whatever they needed. Also, I'd buy out the owner of our local semi-pro soccer team and run it as an owner who would try to make it more for the fans. Lastly, donations to arts programs throughout the community.

Man... Nothing to protect from the girlfriend trying to snag the new digs???


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