Okay, so if you won the half a billion in Powerball.......

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Okay, so if you won the half a billion in Powerball.......

Bignuf Bignuf
....forget all the things you would buy, charities you would help...etc. My question is, "how would you protect yourself and your family" from the millions of moochers that would come out of the woodwork to beg, borrow or worse yet, steal your new found wealth? What steps would you take (i.e. Go into hiding on a remote island, hire body guards, etc), or do you think you would do "nothing different"?
11/28/2012
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AHubbyof2SexualMinds AHubbyof2SexualMinds
I don't think you could pretend to go forward as if nothing had changed. I have a friend who's father won a small jackpot (and small was still big, 2 million) and for awhile people were hounding him.

I think the best thing would be to claim the prize without making a show about it. The lottery officials allow you to do it somewhat anonymously, i.e. without the big check and being on the news. People will still find out, but that would mitigate it a bit. And then just be careful and change your numbers and such.
11/28/2012
MrWishyWashy MrWishyWashy
Unless I am totally missing out on this whole concept, can't you just say no to anyone that asks for help? Unless of course, you feel it in your heart to help out. I mean obviously immediate family would come first, but other than that, I would not have a guilt trip just to say no to all of the other moochers.
11/28/2012
married with children married with children
hire a professional who could protect my finances.
11/28/2012
Jimenko Jimenko
I'd keep it a secret from all but a few select relatives and friends. If it did get out, I'd most likely move to another part of the country where myself and my wealth were not known. I have plenty of moocher relatives that hound me for money even though I don't have much to spare.
11/28/2012
Taylor Taylor
I know in my state they allow you to remain anonymous, which is what happened when someone here won a few months ago. I'd try and do that. One of my cousins is a financial advisor, so I'd probably have him manage my money and do the investment stuff.

I'd try not to buy too many fancy things that would draw attention to myself.
11/28/2012
bayosgirl bayosgirl
Just say no. N-O. Easy as that. Eta: after reading Taylor's post..I'd remain anonymous if possible.
11/29/2012
kitty1949 kitty1949
Make sure me and my family and friends are well taken care of.
11/29/2012
GONE! GONE!
Well, I'm antisocial and have few friends so I doubt I would start trusting anyone after I got money if I already don't trust people now.
11/29/2012
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