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Win $10 Million And Do What Again?

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In U.S., Most Would Still Work Even if They Won Millions // Credit: Gallup, Inc.
In U.S., Most Would Still Work Even if They Won Millions // Credit: Gallup, Inc.

If you won 10 million dollars in the lottery, would you continue to work, or would you stop working?

You have two seconds to answer this; if I could win $10 million what would I do?

According to Gallup 68% of those questioned would continue to work if they win 10 million dollars.

Gallup also proffers some thoughts as to why they would do so if they win 10 million dollars; including:

“This This value American workers appear to place on working clearly plays out in reality, as some winners of the recent $448 multistate Powerball lottery did indeed decide to keep working. Susan Nickel, 63 years old, was one of the winners in New Jersey, but told reporters that while she would urge her husband to retire, she, personally, would continue working. On the other hand, winner Paul White of Minnesota was representative of the minority of workers across the country, saying he didn’t “want to work for anybody else for the rest of my life for a paycheck.” 

“It is also possible that the perceived value of winning $10 million may be less now than in past iterations” 

While polls can provide valuable insight, I’ve always been a bit leery about them due to the way most ask questions, most prompting answers that are not quite as genuine as they appear on the printed results.  For example, the question asked;

“If you won 10 million dollars in the lottery, would you continue to work, or would you stop working?”

On the surface, given the circumstances of our culture, this is a valid question, but I personally think if the question was entirely open-ended like this;

“If you won 10 million dollars in the lottery, what’s the first long-term decision you would make?

Rather than priming the answer, an open-ended question would show entirely different results.

Now; go back to my original question; if I could win 10 million dollars what would I do?  What was your answer?  Did it align with those of the Gallup poll?

I know mine certainly would not have.  Granted, I do fall into the category of the “baby boomers” which weighted the results toward the answer “stop working,” but priming answers with leading questions provide results, intentionally or not, often don’t show a clear result.

I was a major workaholic and loved my career and for many years worried that I would one day “have to retire,” but it took about two weeks to learn that there were far more enjoyable ways of living life than “answering to the man” such as writing on IVN :-)

My answer, if you’re interested, is; “I would purchase another ticket, this time a one way ticket to Dalcahue, Chile, live on seafood, hike, explore, learn the culture, leave my watch and calendar home and never believe results from another survey/questionnaire again.”

Just think; no more “travel by Google Earth.”  I’ll send pictures.  I promise.

Dalacahue on Chiloé Island, Chile // Courtesy Wikipedia
Dalacahue on Chiloé Island, Chile // Courtesy Wikipedia
Dalacahue on Chiloé Island, Chile // Courtesy Wikipedia
Dalacahue on Chiloé Island, Chile // Courtesy Wikipedia

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Sonny V. Bunghanoy
Sonny V. Bunghanoy

I would love to have a chance to win huge and a big wish dream come true to win $1 Million every year for life plus $7,000 every week for life or a chance to win $10 Million plus $7,000 every week for life or a chance to win $500 Million to start my own business, be my own boss, built my dream houses and buy a brand new vehicles, help out with my family that some are suffering with bills, jobs and a home to live in instead of renting random people houses or apartment & give Charity to donate the hungry poor children, shelters for the homeless, Animals shelters and Rise Above Cancers for Women...etc...I have a side job working for my aunty paid in monthly paycheck but not enough to pay bills, support my son & girlfriend with no job but study in college...I been looking, searching for real jobs every weeks with 57% condition vehicle and I even don't have a health insurance yet cause where I live on the Big Island of Hawaii there's hardly any job accepted and some jobs are strict and picky so I want to win big to start a new whole life with my family and enjoy with life while it's worth living cause life is short and why not make life the best of memories and forever live the moment we all went through in life

What would I do with the money:

1. Rent $500 every 2-weeks

2. Bills of Utilities: Water, Cable and Electric ($1,000)

3. Truck Monthly payment of $600

4. I need Medical Care Insurance

5. My 1year, 8months and 6days old son Life Insurance, Medical Care Insurance, Future College Money and Future Money Saving

6. Unemployment for 2years, 8months and 6days. I'm a stay at home daddy

7. Start my small business to be my own boss "love to draw, art, video game designer & video game tester"

8. Help support my family that struggling with all bills

9. Help and support all charity's that deserved to be help and save of there life

10. Foods to support my family

11. Buy my dad brand new dream truck

12. Buy my 2-Sisters a brand new houses plus there dream trucks

13. Buy or Built my mom dream house with her favorite gardens

14. Buy or Built a Big Family Home that need a real place to live instead of renting some random people homes

15. Buy or Built my dream house and vehicles

16. Help the poor hungry homeless

17. Be prepared for Doomsday of End of World

Many Much More...

I have hope, trust and faith in this program to really help others that really deserved the help and support they need for there future of their life.

Life is too short and we only live once. Why not make the best of it for the person that deserved to live there dream and a chance to be a Millionaire just once in there lifetime and they deserved to have a better life and things that they never get the chance to do and give.

Always cherish the memories and forever live the moment.

-SVB-