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What would you do with £161 million?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by kibosh, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

    So, apparently it's a UK ticket that won the Euromillions rollover last night. So much money!!!! What would you do with it all?
  2. I on the other hand would want that much money. I'm getting on. I could have a house with a big garden and staff. I could have the best of medical attention and live to be as old as the Queen Mother. I could travel the world in luxury (sod the "getting in touch with the local vibe" thing - I've done all that when I could afford no different). I could set up several charities. I could give my kids, their in-laws, my friends, my brothers and their families 2 or 3 million each. Mr L could dabble in the stock market to his heart's content and buy a box at Old Trafford.
    And the only reason I'd give up this job would be because it interfered with my travel plans. I may just come in and do it on a voluntary basis when it suited.
    The dishing out of the goodies would pose a problem in that it would advertise my wealth and make me a kidnap target so perhaps some playing down would be necessary.
    But sadly, all academic. [​IMG]
  3. I'm with cosmos - far, far too much money!
    I've always wanted 5 numbers and the bonus - the prize for that is just enough to make me debt free and allow me to retire.
  4. I'd want to tweak my life considerably but I am not sure moving away from all you know and love is a good thing.
    I'd give lots of it away and ensure family and friends could live comfortably for the rest of their lives.
    I'd really like to do something global for starving families, people in shanty towns, kids in Africa/poorer parts of the world who value education so much, and even people in the UK who'd hit rock bottom but being who I am I'd probably want a finger in every pie and oversee the spending myself, fearing that any money I'd given to good causes would be creamed off by corrupt types. That would be a huge problem and then I'd have to become a full time charity worker, which I wouldn't want at this stage in my life. Trust would be an issue.
    I'd also want to retain familiarity. I wouldn't want to be far removed from all the people who make my life so good. We should never under-estimate the value of friends, routine and daily life. Ironically, even though I've left teaching I'd want a job of some sort and some purpose in my life. Sunning myself, cruising the world and sight-seeing would lose it's charms if that's all I did.
    If I moved to a mansion in several acres, drove fast cars and lived my life in fancy places...would those I knew before be able to come along with me or would they fall by the wayside as I travelled the world?
    All that money would provide me with lots of fun but it would be a huge and life-changing responsibility. Right now a mere (ha ha...'mere') £100000 would solve a lots and lots of problems.
  5. Pay off our mortgage, and other debts.
    Make sure we are going to be comfortable for the rest of our lives.
    Invest for the future.
    Make sure my mum and dad are comfortable for the rest of their lives.
    Make sure my sister and her family are comfortable (although I would have to set a limit on her, lol).
    Possibly, make sure husband's sister and brother are okay ;)
    Then I would consider if there were any friends in need of a little something.
    Give some money to carefully selected charities.
    Possibly make some kind of donation to the girls' schools.

  6. I wouldn't tell anyone if I won the Lottery as I wouldn't want the publicity or the worry about whether people liked me for me or my cash. I would share the windfall with friends via anonymous payments into their bank accounts; pay off my mortgage and car, and pay lump sums to gas/phone/council tax etc. so I could just ignore the bills for the rest of my life. I would put some aside to make sure I had enough to keep me in my old age, and do the same for family members. I would buy a house for my sister and one for my niece, and pay off my mum's mortgage, as well as giving each plenty of 'spending money.' I'd also put money in trust for my niece so that she can go to University or travel when she is older. Then I'd go travelling around the world for a year or so. I would eventually return to work because I like the social interaction and sense of purpose, but not my current job. Instead I would set up my own school of Performing Arts for underprivileged students and work there. It would have a centre for disabled children and teens next door, with a pool and any other facilities they could ever want. There'd probably still be tonnes of cash left over, and that could go to various charities. There are enough people suffering in the world who could benefit from my hypothetical good fortune, I'm sure.
  7. lurk_much

    lurk_much Occasional commenter

    Give most away and not worry about money ever again.

  8. I would embark on an orgy of hand bag/shoe/facecream buying and never give any of it away.
  9. lurk_much

    lurk_much Occasional commenter

    I might build a castle.
  10. I'd buy a motorbike, a yacht and hire an architect to design a house, with a playroom just for the wee scabby dug, for starters. I'd pay off my family's mortgages, and my friend's mortgages too..... I'd buy my school, which is in debt, hire another music teacher to take the awful year 8's, and just spend time with the kids that are genuinely interested in music...... then I'm make some investments, and give the rest to charity. It's too much for one person to keep......
  11. lurk_much

    lurk_much Occasional commenter

    I fancy building a villa with mildly pornographic floor mosaics and alhambresque internal spaces.
  12. lurk_much

    lurk_much Occasional commenter

    And a folly.
  13. lurk_much

    lurk_much Occasional commenter

    Or a Scooby Doo styled gothic hotel chain.
  14. lurk_much

    lurk_much Occasional commenter

    Actually I don't think I willl have enough.
  15. I'm happy to share!
  16. Depending on how much the electric anti-yowie fence costs...........
  17. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    That sum of money
    Firstly make sure my family are looked after and all debts sorted. Then take a prolonged break to view many of the places i ca only dream of seeing.Maybe taking along my special friend who never ask , but are always willing in time and cash to help.
    Then leaving enough aside to live comfortably on interest, do one of two things
    Invest it and with the earnings help out lots of the small charities which need small helping hands...such as in secret millionaire,,,,but i would want to see them all in action and not just give to the begging letters.Ths includes to school and community charities abroad as well.
    Or i would blow a lot of it doing the same..but ths way i wouldnt be ablle to sustain the giving.

    I would also consider investing in smaller firms with potential as in dragons den........not all have good ideas but some do.and often in so doing you keep the ideas within the UK and hopefully employment.
  18. I'd buy a country house in the warmer south, Kent or Sussex but near London, so my wife could grow fruit and vegetables . And spend most of the time travelling the world. A sports car or two would be nice too.
  19. voodoo child

    voodoo child New commenter

    I heard of a winner who didn't tell her husband as she knew he would blow it all. Instead she used to pretend that she'd had a bonus from work and was spending it on a lovely holiday for them both! 2 million would do me - I check my lottery ticket every week to see if I can hand in my notice but no luck so far![​IMG]
  20. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

    11 people matched 5 numbers and one of the lucky stars last night. They got £1,779,995.
    So not far off 2million each.
    It's something that bugs me about the lottery and Euromillions; one person wins crazy money and then the next jump down is vast. Why not make 80winners out of that 161million instead?
    More than 90 people could have won about 2 million last night, instead of 12 high winners.

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