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(USA Today)   Powerball jackpot rises to $305 million. What would YOU do with the cash?   (usatoday.com) divider line 340
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2012-08-12 07:16:03 PM  
Travel my ass off, buy houses for people who need them in my family, put my godson through college, tell my absentee relatives who try to get money off of me to find pictures of us in the same room/yard together (good farking luck), do some extreme family tree work, and just generally enjoy life.
 
2012-08-12 07:16:13 PM  

LordSunder: Buy warehouse space downtown. Convert it to an Olympic style swimming venue. Invite inner city children to come and learn how to swim.


Iowan73: I would quit my job in such a way that would require several city permits, a lot of clean-up and probably one hell of a lawyer.


These two are tied for my favorites so far.
 
2012-08-12 07:16:27 PM  
Become a miser.
 
2012-08-12 07:16:31 PM  
1.) Quit my job
2.) Renew my passport
3.) Book a trans-Atlantic cruise to Italy

Beyond those 3 things, i have no idea. I don't need (or want) a lot of space to live in. ( as long as I can live in a peaceful & quiet enviroment, I'm good)
 
2012-08-12 07:16:41 PM  
The one time annuity is $203 million. After taxes (50% where I am), that's "only" $100 million..
So.. it's not as much as you think.
 
2012-08-12 07:17:09 PM  
Buy all of the weed.
 
2012-08-12 07:17:09 PM  
not pay taxes on my winnings
 
2012-08-12 07:17:31 PM  
Buy my way out this horrendous relationship I'm in, and try to get the best visitation rights as possible for my daughter.
 
2012-08-12 07:17:39 PM  
I'd be equipped with a good pair of walking shoes. Starting at Union Station, I'd head east on Van Buren across the river, perhaps viewing one of the intricate lift bridges in action.

My heart would race as I approached the world-famous Loop, named for the "loop" formed by the elevated train or "L" as it circles the downtown area. It would be Tuesday, so my admission is free at the Art Institute. My uncle's membership card gets me into the member's cafeteria, where I would dawdle over a delicious fruit cocktail.

Then I'd stroll down Michigan Avenue...it doesn't cost a dime to gaze in wonder at the elite shops of the Magnificent Mile. "Oh, no thanks, ma'am; just window shoppin'!" The new Comiskey Park beckons warmly from Halstead and 35th. The outfield bleachers are a great value and the always exciting White Sox promise to be a force in the American League West for years to come!

Finally, (thank goodness for my student I.D.!) I'd finish up at the Art Institute, the Shedd Aquarium, Lincoln Park, and Evanston.
 
2012-08-12 07:17:42 PM  
Tell the wife to get lost and drown in coke and hookers.
 
2012-08-12 07:18:04 PM  
I would do your mom, 305million times
 
2012-08-12 07:18:09 PM  
Funny, was about to go to the gas station to see if the powerball was still high.

I would probably donate a couple million each to the Red Cross, American Cancer Society, National Wildlife Fund, and Doctors Without Borders. Put the rest in a Swiss bank and Cayman Islands account, and live the rest of my life in luxury. Fark, I'd still get a degree from college, 3 years away from a Bachelors, and I'm already learning how much college can teach me.

//I like and hate Nietzsche at the same time.
 
2012-08-12 07:18:12 PM  
Your Moms, all of them.
 
2012-08-12 07:18:14 PM  

cynicalbastard: Cyno01: 610 chicks at the same time.

That's 305 mill, not 122 thou. Most gals in the biz will do doubles for about 200 each. Especially since you're unlike to "do" more than a half-dozen or so, even with viagra and speed keeping you going. The rest will just cuddle each other, make moaning noises, check the clock regularly, then take the cash and say "so long, sucker, please call again."


You sound rather experienced in this matter.
 
2012-08-12 07:19:02 PM  
No, with 305 million I'd be thinking Russian supermodel territory, with a no-holes-barred contract, no pregnancy allowed, renewable yearly with half the money held back in escrow until contract completion.
 
2012-08-12 07:19:46 PM  

baka-san: Hunt Ted Nugent.


baka-san wins the internet. you're no fool.
 
2012-08-12 07:19:46 PM  

Captain_Ballbeard: Pay Mitt Romney's taxes this year for him.

/and still have 304,999,999 left over


DAMN YOU! Glad I did the ctrl+F first. Although what I was going to say was brag that I had 10% of the money that made this year.
 
2012-08-12 07:20:14 PM  
buy up sheer gobs of other lotteries about to happen -- complete random picks -- MULTIPLE DAYS ... if your random numbers dont hit one day -- they have a much better chance of happening the next.

You collect on 3/5, 4/5 too.
 
2012-08-12 07:20:19 PM  

Cyno01: 610 chicks at the same time.


Chicks are that expensive? You can do 610 VS model with that.
 
2012-08-12 07:20:39 PM  
Get it out of the country.
 
2012-08-12 07:20:44 PM  
Pay off bills and get a new camera outfit (Canon 1ds Mk 4, several Canon L series lenses, several flash units, etc...).

The remaining money would go in a trust for my son and probably help family members out.

I'd probably also tuck some of it into some retirement funds.
 
2012-08-12 07:20:45 PM  

AeAe: The one time annuity is $203 million. After taxes (50% where I am), that's "only" $100 million..
So.. it's not as much as you think.


Just $100M? It's not even worth picking up the check for that kind of chump change.
 
2012-08-12 07:20:50 PM  
Help pay the way for a moon-landing hoaxer to take a trip to the moon (specifically, the Apollo 11 site); they can take a camera and everything.

Heck, I'll even make it round trip.
 
2012-08-12 07:20:59 PM  

inflatedKarma: baka-san: Hunt Ted Nugent.

baka-san wins the internet. you're no fool.


Karma always wins in the end.
 
2012-08-12 07:21:55 PM  
Well, since this is the USA, you wouldn't be getting 300+ million. After taxes & if you went for a lump
sum, you would only be receiving around 150 million, so I'd sit around and complain how the government screwed me out of the other 150 million just to watch the "99%ers" complain about how much money I had and how it wasn't fair.
 
2012-08-12 07:22:22 PM  

farkityfarker: AeAe: The one time annuity is $203 million. After taxes (50% where I am), that's "only" $100 million..
So.. it's not as much as you think.

Just $100M? It's not even worth picking up the check for that kind of chump change.


I know, right? Fark this noise. I'll wait until the jackpot gets to something real.
 
2012-08-12 07:22:40 PM  
I would keep $5 Million, that is enough for one person to live comfortably for the rest of their life and if it's not enough then you are too stupid to have money.

Rest goes to Children Charities, Hospitals and around the community to help the most possible people.
 
2012-08-12 07:22:59 PM  
I'd just try and fit in with my new peers. Maybe go hunt 'The Most Dangerous Game' with Biff, Thad and Mittens.
 
2012-08-12 07:24:12 PM  

RexTalionis: My first dream - fund military coup d'etats against Subsaharan African despots.


Hand to Jesus, I came here to say this. Hire a big farking army with medical professionals, construction workers, trauma counsellors and fix the DRC.

Also, pay off my mortgage, then fix up my house with solar panels, a well, and a huge sustainably grown garden.
 
2012-08-12 07:24:58 PM  
I'm too smart to fall into your trap...Win 305 million dollars under the tax oppression of the Obama regime? No way. The current tax rate disincetivizes me from winning the lottery. I refuse to win the powerball until the Ryan plan goes into effect.
 
2012-08-12 07:26:18 PM  
This is too easy:

1st: Take care of the family, all of them.
2nd: Set aside 5-10 mil for my daughter (payable in installments so she'll never have to 'need' anything.
3rd: donations to Cancer (RIP mom!), Diabeetus and heart disease research groups.
4th: Dog/animal welfare organizations...the sky is the limit.
5th: My own goddamn island.

Finally, with the huge pile of cash left the wife and I would piss EVERY FARKING CENT AWAY so we have nothing left when we die.


I have to get through that hurdle of buying tickets first. Not sure if I feel up to it though.
 
2012-08-12 07:26:27 PM  
Randomly choose 24 OWS protesters and provide them with an annual salary of $250,001 per year.

Sit back and and enjoy the amusement.

A bunch to fund arts programs.

Buy the Barnes and Noble on Union Square in NYC and turn first floor into a place for children to learn and play. Fees based on a sliding scale.

Turn the second floor into 3 theaters. 2 @399 seats, the other 100.

Turn the 4th floor into my office.

Live in the remaining floors. Very part time.
 
2012-08-12 07:26:56 PM  
Meh. I have more money than I'll ever spend and I don't have even a tenth of this jackpot. I don't think there's really anything I'd do with that money that I'm not already doing.
 
2012-08-12 07:27:16 PM  
Pay off my debts (student loans, house, credit card). Use the rest to hire Ted Nugent as my man servant.
 
2012-08-12 07:27:30 PM  
I would spend $100 million on an education campaign about why playing the lottery is a losing proposition.
 
2012-08-12 07:27:30 PM  
One chance in 175,223,510. I'd run for Congress for laughs.
 
2012-08-12 07:27:49 PM  

baka-san: Hunt Ted Nugent.


Surely the most dangerous game.
 
2012-08-12 07:28:22 PM  
y'know...i'd also have to go back to school. I think a degree in anthropology would be nice to have.
 
2012-08-12 07:28:25 PM  
Buy a whole bag of Cashews.
 
2012-08-12 07:29:31 PM  
i486.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-12 07:29:34 PM  

Weaver95: I have a couple of ideas:
9. build a castle for myself. anyone who wishes to do so may move in with me free of rent...but they have to donate time to helping maintain the grounds and house. I hate dusting. there will be a pool and a jacuzzi tho.


i'm in. i'll even bbq for you. it's the one thing i'm good at.
 
2012-08-12 07:29:45 PM  
Hide

/and then fund charities from the hide
 
2012-08-12 07:29:48 PM  

urban.derelict: If your random numbers dont hit one day -- they have a much better chance of happening the next.


I don't think you understand how random numbers work.
 
2012-08-12 07:30:40 PM  
Actually, I'm going to spend the $2 I didn't waste on the lottery to buy a McDouble and a McChicken for lunch.
 
2012-08-12 07:30:54 PM  

theodopolis13: Weaver95: I have a couple of ideas:
9. build a castle for myself. anyone who wishes to do so may move in with me free of rent...but they have to donate time to helping maintain the grounds and house. I hate dusting. there will be a pool and a jacuzzi tho.

i'm in. i'll even bbq for you. it's the one thing i'm good at.


You're not good at dusting? Frankly, I find it hard to imagine that anyone with functioning hands would not be good at dusting.
 
2012-08-12 07:30:56 PM  

LordSunder: Buy warehouse space downtown. Convert it to an Olympic style swimming venue. Invite inner city children to come and learn how to swim.


Cool plan -- only black people and water don't get along that well.
 
2012-08-12 07:31:21 PM  
Go Galt.
 
2012-08-12 07:31:22 PM  
I would do nothing for the rest of my life.
 
2012-08-12 07:31:33 PM  
Would I be in line for a tax cut?
 
2012-08-12 07:31:48 PM  
Open 3 IRA accounts?
 
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