Proper Lottery Etiquette

All you need is a dollar and a dream – that’s the motto of every lottery player. Yet, some folks still don’t quite grasp the game. Modern Manners Guy has 3 tips for handling the Mega Millions. 

Richie Frieman
5-minute read
Episode #195

Tip #3 – Be Prepared for the Consequences

First things first – if you win the lottery, I don’t feel bad for you. It’s not like you misunderstood the point of playing. “Wait, so I actually get $500 million dollars? No way!” It’s the same as a celebrity complaining about how awful their life is because they’re famous. They conveniently forget all those years they spent doing whatever it took to become famous in the first place. Still, many lottery winners like to sing the blues about how much of a burden being a multimillionaire is. Hogwash! I mean, there are shows on TV about people who to…sorry, I can’t even type this, it hurts so much…“struggle” with the aftermath of winning. Struggle? STRUGGLE!  Hey, gas is up to $5 a gallon, that’s a struggle. You are a multimillionaire because you bought a dollar ticket. Enjoy it.

So when you go to buy your ticket, understand what you’re getting into. If you beat the crazy odds and actually win, your life will change dramatically. You will most likely have people coming to you with their hands open. As well, it may be hard to talk about work with your old coworkers, considering you could very well buy whatever company you worked for and make everyone a Vice President. But understand this: what you want to do with your winnings is entirely up to you. If you want to treat all your friends to houses and cars, go for it. If you want to buy your parents their dream home, knock yourself out. And if you want to run off to some island and swim in a pile of money like Scrooge McDuck, never to be heard from again, well you have the right to do that, too. In the end, be prepared for whatever comes your way and I hope you will handle it properly by not treating your windfall as a curse. Smile and, if you can, do something positive with your money.

Good luck!

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Richie Frieman