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#1 Old 02-07-2014, 04:48 PM
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So my dad is a big lottery player and often he'll talk about what he would do if he won. He usually says pay for my law school tuition, start a rescue, and buy a classic car.

I would free Lolita or die trying.

What would you do?
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#2 Old 02-07-2014, 05:16 PM
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I think I'd buy a casino.


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Quit my job, travel around the country in a small camper, and advocate for animals.  And of course do a little hiking, canoeing, cycling, shopping, and visiting attractions on the side.  :D  (yikes I might need a larger camper after all now that I think about the shopping lol).  And I would make sure my sister, who suffers with a profound mental illness, has her needs met for the rest of her life.  No more fighting the system.  

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I would buy out every single ad space in every single country for a year, and put changing graphic images of animal cruelty every single day. The goal is to make sure that people can't possibly shut it out.

What, I can't possibly win that much money from a lottery? Okay sad.gif
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I would buy out every single ad space in every single country for a year, and put changing graphic images of animal cruelty every single day. The goal is to make sure that people can't possibly shut it out.

What a great idea!
I bet you could start a nonprofit with that singular goal. You'd be sure to get donors who are interested.


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I wouldn't change much.  I'm pretty happy with life.

 

I'd probably give money to my Dad so he could retire if he wanted to.  I'd give more money to the local animal shelter.  Other than that I can't think of anything.

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The best investment would be to save the planet for all living beings and to discover cures for physical and mental diseases with no need to test on animals ....To invest in a technology that reverses the damage to our environment and go forward with a more compassionate future ....
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Pass out from disbelief since I don't play the lottery.:think::surprised:eek:

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Pass out from disbelief since I don't play the lottery.thinking.gifsurprised.gifshocked.gif
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Lol I have yet to play since I am now legal to play the lottery!
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My high school economics professor referred to the lottery as 'the fool tax'. The return on investment isn't very high for most people.

I did win a couple of dollars on a dollar scratch ticket once.
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My high school economics professor referred to the lottery as 'the fool tax'. The return on investment isn't very high for most people.

I did win a couple of dollars on a dollar scratch ticket once.
My dad called the lottery a tax on people who are bad at math. (He was an engineer and mathematician.) He did buy a few tickets, though, when the payout was high, and laughed at himself. grin.gif
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Playing the lottery can be pleasurable in itself I guess, which justifies it even though you lose money. But yeah, once you understand the math it's very difficult to see yourself playing it.

 

Still, a lot of government lotteries are used to fund the arts. So maybe these people are not fools, but knowing benefactors? =P


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Playing the lottery can be pleasurable in itself I guess, which justifies it even though you lose money. But yeah, once you understand the math it's very difficult to see yourself playing it.

 

Still, a lot of government lotteries are used to fund the arts. So maybe these people are not fools, but knowing benefactors? =P

Yes and in some states like Georgia, the profits go to public education. I think it is fun to play because you can think about what you'd do with the winnings, etc. smiley.gif
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In this order.

 

Quit my job.

Have my husband quit his.

Pay off all bills.

Go buy one of every vegetarian item at Trader Joe's and LUSH.

Get a luxury hybrid car.

Remodel my house and buy nicer clothes.

Once I settle down from all the excitement, hatch a major plot to address an advocacy issue that's dear to my heart.


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Quit my job and open a parrot sanctuary for all the neglected/abandoned pet parrots that I could find. Provide them with a forever home in a lush, green paradise where they will always be loved and cared for.
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Travel around the world backpacking without having to worry about eating or about finding a place to take a shower, help some people around me in my familly and on the way. Surplus once i am dead going to major veggie and animal groups and charities, and in the meantime a bit to local ones that i met or hear about on the way ( they usually always lack a few thousands from my experience ).
 
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I'd fix up my house (bathroom remodel, new roof, new siding and other repairs, add a grey water system and some solar panels), give some to Stray Rescue, and put the rest in the bank for later.

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First, I'd buy a house.  A nice big house.  I'd adopt some cats!!  I want cats but I don't want to have any in my apartment, just not enough room.  I'd also travel!  To Australia, to see koalas.  To Ibiza, to party!  To Hawaii, to go on the beach.

 

Then maybe adopt more cats? :)

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The very first thing I would do is hire a butler with a large dog.  He would screen all the calls from people asking for money and the dog would protect my dog.  He would also answer the door and would be a good vegetarian cook.

 

Then I would set up the trusts for all my favorite animal charities.

 

Then I would put a new floor in my pole barn.

 

My life is pretty good so I wouldn't change much.  I love my house.  I might buy another horse.

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It really depends how much I would win. But, assuming I would win enough money for all this, the first things I would do are: Buy a couple of brand new cars, buy a nice house, donate to charities (mostly animal charities, but I would also donate to others). Then I would save the rest to do a trip here and there, etc.


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Buy a plot of land and build a tiny (eco) house ~ http://www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/blogs/the-year-in-small-a-world-tour-of-13-tiny-houses-we-loved-in-13

 

Start a farm sanctuary and rat rescue

 

Set up a trust fund for each of my boys

 

Hold a MASSIVE party

 

Set up a high-yield savings account with the interest going to charity

 

Buy up abandoned buildings and make them available to homeless people

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Buy up abandoned buildings and make them available to homeless people

 

+Hire a lawyer to make sure you don't get sued into the stone age for being compassionate (no good deed goes unpunished, right?).

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+Hire a lawyer to make sure you don't get sued into the stone age for being compassionate (no good deed goes unpunished, right?).

 

I'm in the UK, we are far less litigious :up:

 

I'd obviously get them refurbished and make sure Health and Safety regs were satisfied :deal:

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Assuming it's a jackpot (millions of £/$/¥/€, etc) I'd buy my parents house and houses for all my close friends & sister, customize a bike and hit the road. Life's better without the worry of money.
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Pay off my remaining student loans, move to my hometown, buy a house and do some traveling.

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Pay off all parents loans, buy house for them and one for me, buy stuff for the house and the rest give to charitties.
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I have a lot of plans so we'll assume I've won the billion dollar bracket challenge :D

I'd buy a silver Tesla model S electric car and a black 2014 Chevy 2500 diesel with orange clearance lights, spray on bed liner and a gooseneck trail attachment. I'd also buy a really nice four horse gooseneck trailer slant load with a ramp and a changing room. As an added bonus for my rig I'd get mare stare, a camera that you put in your trailer that sends video to a screen in your truck, so that I could keep an eye on my babies. 

Some other horsey stuff I'd get would be a fancy 14hh welsh or welsh warmblood cross pony jumper and a dead broke 12.2hh pony for trails and fox hunting. Then I'd buy an equestrian estate in Ocala or Wellington Florida with a super fancy 20 stall barn, indoor and outdoor rings the whole set up. I'd turn my place into a boarding, training and show barn to bring in a little income. I'd also buy and sell some race horse young stock and hopefully get a few winners. 

I've always been somewhat interested in show dogs as well so I think I'd invest in a high quality english springer spaniel or two and maybe start up a small kennel at some point. 

Then I'd buy another property (not sure where, maybe Virginia) to be a farm sanctuary and working farm all rolled in one. I'd rescue as many farmed animals as possible and sell every heirloom plant I could think of. I'd do this all in an environmentally friendly manner that would improve the soil quality and provide a safe haven for bees and monarchs. It'd be an example of how the animal rights movement and the sustainable agriculture movement can and should co-exist and even collaborate to provide a future in which people, animals and the planet are protected without the well-being of any being compromised. 

All of my properties would be totally green and have solar panels. The solar panels would provide electricity for me to charge my Tesla model S so it wouldn't cause any sort of pollution at all. 

Next I'd buy a vessel or helicopter for Sea Shepherd and go on one of their Antarctic campaigns. After the campaign I'd tour Australia and see Steve Irwin's zoo and go scuba diving in the great barrier reef. 

Speaking of vacations I'd go on a horseback safari in South Africa, kayaking with orcas in Washington state and freediving with tiger sharks in the Caribbean. I'd also buy a shark swimming expedition from Shark Angels.   

I'd also consider starting my own non-profit that fights for animal rights, human rights, environmental protection and sustainable agriculture all at once. Sort of like Human Rights Campaign, Human Rights Watch, and the Against Malaria Foundation meets Heifer International meets Humane Society of the United States, Sea Shepherd and ASPCA meets Sierra Club. None of those issue have ever been grouped together by one organization before and it might not even be possible, but in a way it makes sense because they're all intertwined. Whatever is best for animals is best for people and whatever is best for the planet is best for everyone.  

Before I did that though I'd go to college for quite awhile. Since I'd have tons of money and could afford the best schools and lots of degrees I'd go to Cornell and get an undergrad in sustainable agriculture with an environmental science concentration and double major in ecology or some other environmental science. Then I'd get a sustainable ag PhD from UC Davis and an environmental science PhD from UC Berkeley. To top if all off I'd get some sort of degree in oceanography and an associates in political science. 20 years later I should be done with all that xD But with all that money I could hire some really good tutors and maybe get it all done in a little over 10 years. Then I'd make it my goal to do something with the United Nations, maybe help them set up some better agricultural programs for impoverished people in Africa and set up better fishing policies. After that maybe I'd even do a stint with United States politics. I highly doubt I could get elected anywhere but California though haha.  

Lastly, I'd invest in some sort of socially responsible company. Maybe Tesla or some solar innovation corporation. That way I could have constant revenue and I could help businesses that are doing good work.  
 

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