If you won the lottery, would you keep doing what you're doing?

9bits9bits Member Posts: 138 ■■□□□□□□□□
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  • mbarrettmbarrett Member Posts: 397 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I won 4 bucks a couple weeks ago, does that count? Or do you just mean the bazillion-dollar jackpot?
  • alias454alias454 Member Posts: 648
    I would kinda do all of the above.
    Buy a home lab; check
    Become an IT "Mad Scientist;" check
    Continue to work in my field; check
    Buy some awesome toys; check
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  • amcnowamcnow CISSP Circle CityMember Posts: 215 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I voted to "keep my job and keep working in my field". I actually enjoy what I do for a living. My career is engaging, challenging, and rewarding. I'm too ingrained to stop now! icon_twisted.gif

    There's too many horror stories of people hitting the lottery only to go broke some time later, for whatever reason. Then again, it's most often due to lack of common sense.
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  • MitMMitM Member Posts: 622 ■■■■□□□□□□
    If it was one of these giant jackpots, I'd definitely leave my job and the corporate world altogether. I'd probably just focus on side projects and maybe open a non IT related business
  • 9bits9bits Member Posts: 138 ■■□□□□□□□□
    mbarrett wrote: »
    I won 4 bucks a couple weeks ago, does that count? Or do you just mean the bazillion-dollar jackpot?

    That's more than I ever won! But mostly I was thinking of a sum that was enough to sustain a person for life, probably a few million or more.
  • 9bits9bits Member Posts: 138 ■■□□□□□□□□
    amcnow wrote: »

    There's too many horror stories of people hitting the lottery only to go broke some time later, for whatever reason. Then again, it's most often due to lack of common sense.

    That's very true. It often creates rifts between family and friends because they perceive that money as not earned, and thus feel entitled to a portion of it.
  • hurricane1091hurricane1091 Member Posts: 918 ■■■■□□□□□□
    LOL, I'd leave my job and never come back. No side work, no projects. Would never touch a piece of networking equipment - ever. I'd buy a boat, do a lot of fishing, do a lot of traveling. Learn guitar or something cultural. 50 million dollars and you'd still want to go to work - LOL no way! I can see starting a consulting company and trying to make more money though, totally within reason. But my actual job? Or any actual job? Never again.
  • NetworkNewbNetworkNewb Member Posts: 3,298 ■■■■■■■■■□
    A part of me would still probably want to work and just take more vacations. But hurricane's plan makes me second think my vote!
  • PC509PC509 CISSP, CEH, CCNA: Security/CyberOps, Sec+, CHFI, A+, Proj+, Server+, MCITP Win7, Vista, MCP Server 2 Oregon, USMember Posts: 802 ■■■■■■□□□□
    I'd keep working where I am for a couple years until my kids graduated high school. Then, I'd move to a better place (Oregon coast). I'd set up a nice home lab and open an arcade in town. I'd write books, blog, and keep helping people online just because I enjoy it.

    I love the field, so I'd stay in it in some form to stay happy. It's fun and it's a nice hobby/career. I still enjoy coming to work. But, I'd like to have it on my time. The arcade would be fun, as I love video games and always try to find the local arcades. :)
  • GSXR750K2GSXR750K2 Member Posts: 325 ■■■■□□□□□□
    A variant of the first option coupled with the second...I'd quit my job but I'd set up a lab to learn the technologies I want to work with and continue to work in the field as a consultant.

    A Cessna Mustang or Beech Premier would be nice to get around the country and they are eligible for single pilot operations. I haven't piloted a plane in years though so I'd have to go back to some of the basics...but I'd have the money and the time. :)
  • lucashgarcialucashgarcia Member Posts: 9 ■□□□□□□□□□
    No way, I would never, ever, touch a computer Again.
  • cyberguyprcyberguypr Senior Member Mod Posts: 6,915 Mod
    My "hitting the millions" plan has always been to quit my job (leave them wondering "hey, we haven't seen CyberGuyPR in 2 weeks...") and start a business (LEGAL) with the 3 things I love the most: cars, women, and guns (in no particular order). I would still keep up to speed on IT stuff though.
  • GSXR750K2GSXR750K2 Member Posts: 325 ■■■■□□□□□□
    cyberguypr wrote: »
    cars, women, and guns (in no particular order)

    I like the way you think. :)
  • TechGromitTechGromit GSEC, GCIH, GREM, Ontario, NY Member Posts: 2,028 ■■■■■■■■□□
    What I would do is Highly depends on how much I win. Anything less 2 million wouldn't do much to change my life style. They take half for a lump sum payout and between federal and state taxes they another half, which would leave me with 500k. That's enough to pay off my house, buy a new car, and take a few nice vacations. Nice, but not life altering, at best I would be able to retire a few years earlier than I would have. In order to have enough passive income around what me and my wife earn now, I would need to win 16 million, after lump sum distribution and taxes, that leaves 4 million dollars. Conservatively invested in the stock market at around 4% return yields 136k after 15% taxes on investments. We could quit our jobs and not work, but our lifestyle wouldn't change, no splurging on new houses, cars, exotic vacations. I would need at least 20 million, that give me 5 million after deductions, keep my current life style and have a million dollars left over to pay off my house, buy a new house and take some nice vacations. You of course could just live on your winnings, without worrying about stock market returns on your investments, but 4 million dollars stuffed in your mattress spending 150k a year would only last 26 years, just long enough for me to be poor at retirement age.

    People really don't realize how much money it takes to become independently wealthy, at least wealthy enough not to burn though your money and be poor in a few years. I would need a good 50 million to be wealthy enough to be care free not have to worry about money. That would give me 12.5 million to work with, that's a good 400k a year investment income to enjoy life without any money cares in the world.
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  • alias454alias454 Member Posts: 648
    Also let's not forget about inflation. A dollar today, isn't the same as a dollar a year from now.
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  • DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead Teradata Assc 16, Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014, CSM Member Posts: 2,643 ■■■■■■■■■□
    When I see these types of surveys, unless the author specifies an amount, I am assuming Powerball type numbers, Net 30+. In that case I'm out period no questions asked.

    All this deflation etc becomes a moot point. If it was a nice payout like a few million I would invest the money and continue on as I am doing now.
  • networker050184networker050184 Mod Posts: 11,962 Mod
    Assuming it's a large amount set for life, I'm out. I love what I do for a living don't get me wrong, but I can find a lot of other stuff to fill my day with!
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  • DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead Teradata Assc 16, Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014, CSM Member Posts: 2,643 ■■■■■■■■■□
    I'd live on a fishing boat and reel in huge ocean fish all day everyday. I wouldn't own a house, car anything like that.
  • JoJoCal19JoJoCal19 California Kid Mod Posts: 2,829 Mod
    Agree with networker050184. I love my field, but if I win one of the big jackpots, I'm throwing up the deuces and I'm out. I have a laundry list of interests I'd rather pursue, books to be read, and a house full of expensive toys I rarely get to play with. My exact option wasn't listed above but I would start my own real estate investment firm and brokerage and work on my own schedule, partially on a boat icon_wink.gif
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  • E Double UE Double U Member Posts: 1,875 ■■■■■■■■■□
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    Lawrence: I'll tell you what I'd do man: two chicks at the same time.
    Peter: That's it? If you had a million dollars, you'd do two chicks at the same time?

    Lawrence: Damn straight. I always wanted to do that man. And I think if I were a millionaire I could hook that up too; 'cause chicks dig dudes with money.

    Seriously, I wouldn't feel comfortable continuing to work without needing the money. My position could could be filled by someone that isn't sitting on millions.

    I think I would just invest - and by invest I mean buy more lottery tickets. If I won once, I can win again. That plan is so stupid its gotta work. It just has to. icon_cheers.gif
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  • shochanshochan Member Posts: 957 ■■■■■■■□□□
    I would leave IT behind in a heartbeat & start my retirement early. Retirement at age 62 is WAY too old to really enjoy life, hell you have to start worrying about wearing depends by that age! LOL
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  • pitviperpitviper CCNP:Collaboration, CCNP:R&S, CCNA:S, CCNA:V, CCNA, CCENT Member Posts: 1,376 ■■■■■■■□□□
    Heck, if I win a little bit I'm relocating and changing fields lol Corporate life is for the birds - but it pays the bills so.....
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  • VeritiesVerities Member Posts: 1,162
    If I lived in a state where you can remain anonymous after winning the lotto, I would keep my job and continue working without telling anyone I won. Otherwise, I'd move somewhere much cheaper, settle down and find another IT job. Definitely take a long vacation, invest in stocks, put some money aside, donate to some charities, and invest in some venture capital projects
  • MooseboostMooseboost Senior Member Member Posts: 775 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I kind of like the third option. Except the cat part, I will keep my malamutes.
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  • Danielm7Danielm7 Member Posts: 2,304 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Huge mega lottery? I'd be gone in a heartbeat. Like some others, I enjoy what I do, but I enjoy my family and hobbies a lot more. I could easily fill my days without spending very much of the money and be very happy.
  • dhay13dhay13 Member Posts: 580 ■■■□□□□□□□
    My current job? I would stay on, at least for awhile. I like my job but the pay sucks. If I won millions then the pay wouldn't matter. I work from home and like what I do so why not keep doing it if the only negative is $$$. That may change if I decide to take a 2 month vacation to another country or something but otherwise I would stay where I am.
  • GeekyChickGeekyChick CISSP, CEH, CCNA, Sec+, Splunk Member Posts: 317 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I would do the mad scientist one in a crazy lab and just work when I want to. No cat though, I already have 2 dogs. :) Then I would travel and scuba dive everywhere I could, and read history books. However, I haven't been in the corporate world in a while, so a job actually sounds kinda good. Ok, you can hit me now.
  • stryder144stryder144 Senior Member Member Posts: 1,684 ■■■■■■■■□□
    I would probably keep my job, just change from FTE to contract and only pick up the teaching jobs that fit into my schedule. Then I'd set up a complete mini-DC in my basement and play with whatever technology piqued my interest.
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  • QueueQueue Member Posts: 174 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I would buy a large piece of property and start a farm. I would use my IT skills to set up my website, business class environment. Technology would always be integrated into my life, whether it be a new fancy high tech car, IOT around the house, etc.

    Maybe get political and lobby for the local schools to teach more technology from a younger age.
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