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Tax on the stupid

My coworker Steve Loves to buy lottery tickets. He probably spends $20 a week on the Mega. About once a month I will go with him and put in $5 knowing I will more than likely not even get one number per play. I am a very lucky guy but when it comes to life, not contests or games of chance. I still enjoy playing the lottery when I do. I like to dream about what I would do if I won, how I would overcome the problems that accompany an instant change in financial status. Those of you who believe that winning the lottery would solve your problems are fooling yourself.

I can even imagine the horrible problems outherelistenin would have to endure if he won. His mother would go insane with her crazy get rich (but in reality get poorer) scheme that she has been blindly dumping money into. Would he keep working? I'm sure he wouldn't continue the temp hell that he was doing before.

This all started in my head because a friend sent me a link to http://www.heygayeric.com. I sent in my application which included my answer for what I would do if I won $100 Million. Of course, I mentioned I was only filling out the application because I love to fill out surveys... I'm sure he doesn't want a boyfriend who already has a boyfriend.

So lets be interactive a little. I really don't know what outherelistenin would do if he won $100 Million or what he would do to ensure the money didn't make him miserable. I have no idea what almost all of you would do. But I'm interested. It's fun to dream and it interesting to hear what other people dream about. What would you do if you won $100 million?

oh and here is a link of kitty porn for gary_the_cat and others interested in this sort of filth.

U And I - Vitalic - OK Cowboy


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Apr. 3rd, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
$100 million is such an absurdly huge amount; I know what I'd do with a million, because I've already thought about it: that's a fairly standard question that English teachers use when they're teaching sentences with "if". But $100 million just sounds like unreal money.

The first thing I'd do, of course, is pay the $60 million tax bill that I'd get! That amount of money would be in the 60% tax bracket in all the countries I've lived in, and tax is one of the three inevitable things in life. The only way I wouldn't pay the whole sum is if I could write some of it off in charity donations: I'm happy enough to pay tax, but I also like deciding for myself what some money is going to get spent on!

Regardless, I'd be giving some of the remainder to charities that are important to me.

I'd also help out all the people who've helped me over the years: the people who've put me up or organized lodgings for me, the people who've listened and supported me, the people who've been there however they could. Each of them, from my parents through my adopted family to my friends, would get some slice of that pie. I wouldn't be where I am now without you all.

Next, I'd get myself a home. I'm tired of being homeless.

Then I'd set up some investments that would pay dividends that would cover my expenses each month. I'd set them up in a few different countries so that I could travel freely, as every country will grant you a permanent residence permit if you invest the right amount. I'd also set up investments that would pay out to my brother, his wife and their children, and Martin's brother and nephew. And a few other people too.

I'd probably get myself a couple of places that I could stay in wherever I wanted to travel regularly.

The whole point of all this spending would be to get rid of the whole amount: tax, charity, giving back to people, buying property, investing and then not having the money itself, only the dividends from that money. It would be difficult to achieve because it's a ridiculously high sum, but I'd try my best.

Sorry if I've been too unspecific with who I'd help or what charities I'd support, but I'd rather not say in a public forum like this.

If there was anything left, I'd set up my own publishing company and publish my own writing and art and that of a few other people.

And I'd probably lose a lot of friends, because money is divisive, and I'd probably end up lonely despite all my best efforts!
Apr. 3rd, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC)
There is no need for you to figure out how to spend everything, it's more to get an idea of what you would want if you had the financial resources. Lucky for me I'm not focused on money, I am very self sufficient and do not readily accept money from people. I have only borrowed money from my parents once. When they wouldn’t allow me to repay them I spent the money on their Christmas, birthday, mother’s/father’s day gifts that year. So you and I would still be friends.. Unless you became insane with charitable power.
Apr. 3rd, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
Bow down before my will to be charitable!
Apr. 3rd, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC)
If I won the lottery the first thing I would do is make reservations with a plastic surgen and have the following done.

Fanny inplants and lift.
brow lift.
neck lift.

On heck. A total body lift.


Apr. 3rd, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
Don’t you dare go Michael Jackson on me. Do you really think improving your looks a little would make you happy? You are such a great and giving guy. I think you should use the money to start a record label and put out mixes containing some of the best tracks available to those who are in the know. That being said, I could probably be talked into getting that light therapy for that makes your skin have a beautiful clear glow... Because who doesn’t like to look pregnant.
Apr. 4th, 2006 01:19 pm (UTC)
I only wrote that post in jest and to try and lighten my mood.

If I won the lottery. I would give it all away if I could turn back time and have my nephew Wink back the way he was before Saturday.

Apr. 4th, 2006 12:02 am (UTC)
I am disappointed that heygayeric is only looking for Erics age 30+ =\
Apr. 4th, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)
I start thinking along these lines every time Powerball gets over 100 million. I like to think that I'd donate a large chunk to a couple of organizations, pay off all debts, set up my financial future so I wouldn't have to work, move to a better place with a decent kitchen.
Apr. 4th, 2006 02:19 am (UTC)
winning the lottery
ok, so macboy applied to be my boyfriend even though he has a boyfriend. isn't that how it always works? the good ones are taken.

but the what would you do if you won the lottery question is one of my favorite games. my friend julie and i play all the time. we refine our answers each time depending on how much we "win."

but with $100 million after taxes, it's easy:
$1 million each to 23 friends and family members, plus an all-expenses paid trip and accommodations as a surprise and to give everyone their checks.

then pay off debt and buy a modest house with an art studio.

then put $5 million in the bank.

and immediately give the rest away before i get used to having all that money.

thanks, macboy, for telling folks about the site. to all the gay erics and gay erics in spirit who are single and looking, check me out at http://www.heygayeric.com
Apr. 4th, 2006 03:32 am (UTC)
I'd share enough money with my closest friends and family so they would be comfortable for the rest of their lives (provided they were smart with the money I gave them).

I'd "retire" from the job I currently have and open up my own business. I've always wanted a bakery/coffee shop, so that's what I would do.

I'd hire an accountant, lawyer and investment person so I could invest my money and draw up a will for my estate.

I'd pay off all the bills I currently have, sell my house and buy a bigger one.

I'd donate to charities that I was passionate about.
Apr. 4th, 2006 07:25 pm (UTC)
I would buy a house for my partner, pay off all of our bills, send limos out to close friends for a cruise to some tropical place, invest for my nieces and nephews' future, send my Mothers (plural) around the world, see the world with my partner,establish a Drug and alcohol Rehabilitation Center for the GLBT community. With so much, I would have to think I would wake up and ask myself, Who can I really help today, who do I know that could really use a leg up. How can I add to the stream. How can I make my little corner of this marble better? What a dream....
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