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Quit the job, obviously. Travel extensively, buy an old home in Tuscany, maybe an apartment in Manhattan, tinker with bikes, learn to sail, get involved with some charitable organization, and basically do whatever the hell I wanted.

Yes, I think some sort of volunteer work or avocation would have to be incorporated. My father has lived a life of relative leisure for about 15-20 years, he was a smart man, his brains have turned to mush because all he cares about is golf. I have been blessed with a sharp mind, along with my mediterranean remarkably good looks I really need to cherish them rather then fritter them away.
 

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Pay $100million to never hear PL or PS commentating again.

The rest would be a trip to europe for a year to watch all the big cycling races and to go to all the great cities of Europe.

Ravens idea or strippers is not bad either. I would also start up an Australian cycling team.

Perhaps investing in technology that marries the sites like ustream to hd tv's could even yield returns. So live pro cycling could be found in less than the dark corners of the internet.
 
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I gotta start playing Lotto. There's some great ideas on here.

The hookers and blow sound like fun, though at my age, it might kill me.

Then again, there are those guys that win big lotteries, only to wind up penniless a year later.
I certainly wouldn't mind being put to the test.
 

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Bad News for South African lottery 'Winner'

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE61F41V20100216

OK, 2nd story of the day. This is a true story. My neighbor used to work on wall street as a technician, it was a miserable job, people were ruthless, none of the glamour you read about. They were the little folk that keep the market action happening. Their boss was a flaming ***, and his co-worker was even more miserable. He hated everything and everyone. (In other words, he was your average new yorker.) The only thing that gave him satisfaction was looking at his lottery tix at lunch and swearing what he would do if he ever won.

My neighbor decided to play a trick on him.

he waited til the pot was huge and there was a winner. That night, he bought the same winning numbers for the following drawing and put it amongst the guys' treasured tix. They watched as he sat and looked at his numbers. He checked and re-checked to be sure he had the winner. He got up, went over to the boss and punched him right in the mouth and walked out.

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http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE61F41V20100216

OK, 2nd story of the day. This is a true story. My neighbor used to work on wall street as a technician, it was a miserable job, people were ruthless, none of the glamour you read about. They were the little folk that keep the market action happening. Their boss was a flaming ***, and his co-worker was even more miserable. He hated everything and everyone. (In other words, he was your average new yorker.) The only thing that gave him satisfaction was looking at his lottery tix at lunch and swearing what he would do if he ever won.

My neighbor decided to play a trick on him.

he waited til the pot was huge and there was a winner. That night, he bought the same winning numbers for the following drawing and put it amongst the guys' treasured tix. They watched as he sat and looked at his numbers. He checked and re-checked to be sure he had the winner. He got up, went over to the boss and punched him right in the mouth and walked out.

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Barracuda said:
I wouldnt want to win that much ...... I would wait until the jackpot got bigger !!!!!!!!:eek:

But seriously Folks ....

Big boat for the warm sunny calm days.
"Sick fish" Plymouth Barracuda.
Couple of Madone 6.9's
Hoist and workshop for the engine powered toys.
Personal Lear jet for the :- TDF
Vuelta
Giro
Superbowl
Wimbledon
Monaco GrandPrix:cool:
etc.
No more working for a living. Just living !!!!

our BigBoat?

What would you do with him? How would you buy him? Would you buy him to shut him up? Or for a bit of rough trade?
 
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Donate 10% of gross
Pay off my mortgage
Go find a homeless woman with children and give them my home to live in for as long as they like
Pay for law school with cash instead of student loans
Buy all of my immediate family members a nice $300,000 or so home
Tell my friend who is a very well respected financial adviser to take the rest and tell me how much I can actually live on, and how much I need to invest to grow the amount 7-10% each year.
Travel inexpensively because that is what I have always done. I don't mind camping and staying rustic cabins, etc. It makes me happy.
Get Brew to make me a couple of custom bikes
 
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A big boat for the Med

House in Chania, Crete

House in Algarve

Another house in the Dominican Republic.

A 1955 Merc 300 Gullwing

A BMW 2002 Abarth

Ferrari Restatosser(not really)

A Moroccan town house with courtyard

To sort out loads of second hand gear
for Africa and Caribbean. With incremental increase in quality of gear, depending how good they can go.


A special scholarship scheme for people who do stuff for others.
Carefully excluding all the fright wing fanatics I know who do it for themselves but pretend otherwise.


Campag Record(new) for my beauty, plus some Ram bars and , no I got the Boras anyway, Boras and Veloce, not good.


A fortnight away, every two weeks.

A restaurant to blow peoples minds. I already have the food.

A hotel with no drunks, opposite the Restaurant, beside my bike shop, next door to my classic car shop, beside my bakery. The timber yard and joinery shop would be at the back.
 
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Buy a few houses in Europe(Spain, France, Italy).
Buy a house or two in Central and South America.
Give family and friends some cash.
Give money to charities.
Sponsor a developmental cycling team.
Start a museum worthy classic & vintage bike collection.
 
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I also could buy some land and develop it for cycling. Turn it into a crit circuit, with a fully usable club house with male and female locker rooms and showers, and to be used for Sunday races, training rides and for use by the general public. Also build a velodrome and a bmx/mtb/cyco-cross course in there as well. Plant trees and use it as habitat for birds and other animals and in time, a place for Koala's to live.

I would also put money aside for animal conservation groups, and again more land to use as animal habitats, and make it so legally binding that it can never sold off and used for housing development, or challenged in court.
 
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What would I do with the money? I honestly do not know.

I do know it would not bring me any more peace within myself than I have at this very moment.

This is where the illusion of fortune falls woefully short.
 
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auscyclefan94 said:
Maybe a little Question and Answer session...;) see what lies he can come up with. i think if he went on this forum, it would go ito melt down.:D

Q: Hello how are you?
A: I don't know
Q: What do you mean you don't know
A: What part in I don't know do you not understand? :p
 
Well... for starters I'd get them changed into Danish currency... :p
Then I'd raise my UNICEF givings... make sure to pay every eventual unpaid rent and bill... all that practical stuff.
The rest would just go to my bank account and I'd take good care not to use them all at once. Sometimes I might go visiting a few places... be able to buy more awesome presents for family (and some really close friends) for Christmas and Birthdays...
Yeah... I know... I'm a very boring girl! :rolleyes:
 
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First things first...
1. Set up annuities for my mother and my girlfriend's mother that ensure that they're comfortable for the rest of their lives...the idea is that they get the annuity income, but the principle remains in my name, so everyone's happy. :)
2. Set up college trust funds for both my children and my girlfriend's children to ensure that they have all expenses and a reasonable income during college, but also make it so that they can get the money when they've finished college and held a job for 8 years. In other words, they have to decide if they want to live a little lavishly during college and have less money later or if they want to have more money later...and yes, I'd still be the trust fund director with significant oversight even during college...oh, I'd do this for my nieces and nephews, too, so add four more!
3. Purchase my home for now; purchase my sister's home; purchase two neighbor's homes...figure out how to grant these houses to them without tax ramifications for them. Oh, and purchase a home for my mother, preferably far away from me!
4. Donate US$10,000,000 to Heifer International
5. Donate US$10,000,000 to The Salvation Army with a stipulation that it goes to social services and disaster relief and not to the church operations.
6. Donate US$10,000,000 to Habitat for Humanity.
7. Get everything updated and fixed in my own home, purchase reasonable furnishings and such...but likely still from Ikea and not lavish because honestly? Having nice things is good, but I'm not all about having ridiculous excess.
8. Purchase Volvo V50 T5 and maybe a Miata
9. Hire an excellent tutor for my kids so that if we decide to travel, we can without impacting their schoolwork...but if they are studying the Roman Empire or the Chang Dynasty , why the heck NOT visit?
10. Look for a homestead of around 10 acres that is build-able and farm-able...

11. Oh, and since it's about to summer, I'd plan a crazy trip wherever we want to go...I'd love to show my kids PRC, Japan, Singapore, India, and Europe...take them where I've been...find new places to visit...here is where I will be lavish to an extent...I will have us travel business class and stay in reasonable hotels...

Ok, first week or three accomplished...

Next steps will depend on a number of things...finding additional charities that meet my criteria and interests, for example...
 
Oooh... maybe I'd buy a new bike too... you know; just for the heck of it! Not a racer bike, just a regular commuter one. The one I have works okay (made a few squeky sounds during the winter... don't think it liked the snow)
Then on the other hand; the benefit with having an older bike is that people won't be bothered with stealing it...
Oooh... and I'd buy a flat too...
 
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I've always thought it would be fun to be able to afford to just mess with people. One idea is to go do really bad job interviews. Talk to the interviewer like a pirate(Yar, is it my curricullum vitae ye be needin), dance on his desk, whatever. The opportunities to be creatively twisted are limitless. I'd be doing the interviewer a favour really, he'd have a great story to tell for the rest of his life.
The other thing would be to open up a store that sells only one completely useless product. Just off the top of my head I'm thinking a store that sells nothing but bent nails. Row after row, shelf after shelf of bent nails. I'd call it something like "Maureen's Ladies Wear".
 
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Oooh... maybe I'd buy a new bike too... you know; just for the heck of it! Not a racer bike, just a regular commuter one. The one I have works okay (made a few squeky sounds during the winter... don't think it liked the snow)
Then on the other hand; the benefit with having an older bike is that people won't be bothered with stealing it...
Oooh... and I'd buy a flat too...

you should buy a racing bike :D
I'd buy a truck full of them :p
 
Once family, friends are taken care and a large chunk were put into low-growth securities, of I would:

1. Buy a couple of houses. Not mansions. Just nice houses in nice places. Let my friends and family visit anytime they want.

2. Travel Micronesia and the South Pacific by yacht.

3. Spend a few mil on a film and video production company.

4. Start an animal rescue.


Now, the one everyone here wants to hear:

5. Buy about 10 square miles in a hilly, forested area on the outskirts of the city, put a large paved cycling course on it, and make it to where everyone could ride on it whenever they want. I'd also then help promote a race there every year. I'd also put a small housing project on the edge of it, make sure a high quality bike shop went in, plus a health food cafe, and a covered velodrome as well.

Okay, now I'm broke.

:)
 
I'd buy homes in Italy and Provence. Pay off the homes of my family, fly them over to the Med whenever they wanted.

Buy a new friggin bike.

Travel the world.

Do something charitable, but I'd have to dwell on that in terms of which charitable activity.

Break-up with my girlfriend. :D
 
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Alpe d'Huez said:
Once family, friends are taken care and a large chunk were put into low-growth securities, of I would:

1. Buy a couple of houses. Not mansions. Just nice houses in nice places. Let my friends and family visit anytime they want.

2. Travel Micronesia and the South Pacific by yacht.

3. Spend a few mil on a film and video production company.

4. Start an animal rescue.


Now, the one everyone here wants to hear:

5. Buy about 10 square miles in a hilly, forested area on the outskirts of the city, put a large paved cycling course on it, and make it to where everyone could ride on it whenever they want. I'd also then help promote a race there every year. I'd also put a small housing project on the edge of it, make sure a high quality bike shop went in, plus a health food cafe, and a covered velodrome as well.

Okay, now I'm broke.

:)

that is so awesome!