If I won the lottery...

Old May 3rd, 2006, 01:13 PM
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"defective lottery tickets" lol. I always say if ever we DO win the lottery we'll break even ;-)

After paying for degas dream to come true--too funny and a must see for me--seated comfortably in first class I would head straight to China, India, Mongolia, Russia and India...to name just a few places I'd like to see and spend time.

As necessary, I would hire a driver otherwise foot patrol, horses and trains work well for me. Lodging doesn't need to be first class as long as there's a private bathroom, a/c and room service I'm happy. And I'm happy eating whatever and am willing to try just about anything but prefer food that isn't mobile.
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 01:22 PM
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Oh, I talk about 'what if I won the lottery' a lot!!! This is not a new subject in my home

Well, depending on the amount (over $1M) I'd buy an old house/villa in Italy and convert it into a B&B (nice and rustic - very artsy (is that a word?) but not so hoyteetoytee that people would feel uncomfortable staying there (yes, I would feel weird staying in a very expensive place where I couldn't kick up my heels; I'm just a Latina from the Bronx!) - I'd grow olives (for oil and grapes (for wine!! and make parmesan cheese all the days of my life. Oh, Italy!!! I love it there Can you tell?
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 01:30 PM
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I'd take off for Paris with my husband and daughter and we'd stay in a beautiful apartment. We'd eat and drink and walk and walk.

And I'd have enough money leftover to buy leather pants for my first class airplane ride to Paris (a la Muffin).

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Old May 3rd, 2006, 01:38 PM
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A mathematician friend of mine reminds me that your odds of winning are about the same whether you buy a ticket or not.
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 01:49 PM
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There's a joke about an old Highlander on his knees at the bedside, praying hard "lord, Lord, let me win the lottery; just once Lord. Please"

And a voice booms from the Heavens "Meet me half way, Jock. Buy a ticket!"

Me, I'd

1. pay off the debt

2. pay 2 years' salary for an expensive assistant, who could look after my work when I was on holiday

3. Buy an old house with some ground near a beach on Crete.

4. Buy an old house with some ground near a beach on a Hebridean island.

5. Take long holidays in the Cretan house

6. Take long holidays in the Hebridean house

7. Retire in 5 years time. Spend the spring and autumn in Scotland and the summer and winter in Crete.

8. Go where ever I wanted, when ever I wanted

9 Live happily ever after?
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 02:24 PM
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Robespierre - Ahh come on....don't put a damper on the dreams of those of us who aren't wealthy...we know the odds, well at least I want to believe we do. I'd be flying 1st class to my newly acquired European vacation home which would probably be in Italy. I regularly drive past the home of a local couple who won "big" years ago...with no children...maybe they'll adopt me!!
 
Old May 3rd, 2006, 02:47 PM
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Double that amen to Missy--would like to upgrade PLUS I would naturally pay off college debts, but even more important --

I would hire a personal shopper to buy me a beautiful, color-coordinated travel wardrobe that, of course, doesn't wrinkle, washes itself, and packs light.
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 03:39 PM
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"A mathematician friend of mine reminds me that your odds of winning are about the same whether you buy a ticket or not."

WRONG!

The odds of winning if you don't buy a ticket are 0 in (let's say) a billion.

Your odds of winning when buying one ticket are more than a million times greater than that!
 
Old May 3rd, 2006, 04:28 PM
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Infinitely more, to be precise.
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 04:48 PM
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I would simply buy a house in Tuscany and live and die in Italy.

Of course between the living and dying part I would travel extensively from my villa in Tuscany.

OK..I'd go back to Florida once a year and visit my DH too.
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 05:17 PM
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 05:21 PM
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I would take my whole family-in law 30 people on an around the world cruise.

Even if it took all my $$ I couldn't think of a better way to spend it.

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Old May 3rd, 2006, 07:47 PM
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If the odds of winning are zero (such as in the absence of purchasing a ticket) - - then the odds of one million people (all of whom did not purchase a ticket) - - for any ONE of them to win - - is still zero.

This is also true if the number of people involved is infinite - - for example, let's say that the population is all the people who will ever live, in all eternity... and they all choose not to buy a ticket - - then the odds of any ONE of them winning - - remains zero.

Or expressed just mathematically...

Infinity times zero = zero.

Pedantically yours... and ever on a crusade to stamp out "innumeracy"...

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Old May 3rd, 2006, 11:27 PM
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Besides returning to England again, I would probably see other parts of Europe, such as Paris.

But my first thought is: FLY FIRST CLASS!


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Old May 3rd, 2006, 11:46 PM
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... that your odds of winning are about the same whether you buy a ticket or not...

This makes me think of the french advertising for the lottery. It said:
"100% of the winners have participated."

What would I do...

It depends on the amount.
If I can stop working forever, I would have to reorganize my and my family's life...
I would secure life financially for the family first. I would then buy a boat to live on and do the mediterranean, allthough that would be difficult to organize with schoolgoing kids. I would have to take a private teacher on board also...
If the amount would not permit to stop working, life would just go on with some more extended trips in europe, japan, australia and new-zealand, and so on,...

Now I only have to paticipate...
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Old May 4th, 2006, 11:03 AM
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that's my problem too. I always dream of winning but I never play!
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Old May 4th, 2006, 11:53 AM
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I never play, and have never dreamed of winning. I am happy with my life, my job, and level of income, and I wouldn't change a thing about our travels, except . . . we would start flying First Class. That's about as much luxury as I could handle.
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Old May 4th, 2006, 12:29 PM
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First and foremost, I'd be waiting for the bank to open, so that I could stash the non-defective (or is it undefective?) ticket in the safe deposit box until my divorce is final.

That's when the hard part starts...keeping my big fat greek mouth shut!!

Once all is said and done, I wouldn't even pack a bag, I'd head to the airport with the following, kids, passports, cash and credit cards. We'd draw straws to see who picks first, and we'd look at the departure board and decide. We could easily spend a few weeks doing that, buying clothes and such along the way.

I'd end up buying a cottage in Yorkshire, to be closer to family and friends, and so that I could send my parents there to visit.

Probably the most important part though would be paying Degas a sizeable amount of money so that I could stash the ex and his mother on her 'family ship'!!!!!
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Old May 6th, 2006, 06:49 AM
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whispers:-Rex, I think that's what they meant. It was a joke
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Old May 6th, 2006, 07:19 AM
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I beg to differ, Sheila - - read what they wrote.

Neo... indicated rather directly that you can express a very small number (1 divided by one million, or 1 divided by one billion) as "so many times greater than" zero. Robespierre replied that the more correct exprssion is to say that the odds are infinitely "greater than" zero. In both cases, this suggests that a very large number.. or even infinity... multiplied by zero equals a very small number (or even one). It's a popular misconception - - that infinity times zero equals one (or any number greater than zero), but it simply isn't true, in mathematics.

The initial assertion by Robespierre - - that Neo... was trying to "correct" with the emphatic assertion "WRONG!" - - was closer to correct. The difference between a very small number and zero - - is not a very great difference.

Pedantry may be boring and/or obnoxious, at times - - but implying that Neo... (or the follow-on comment by Robespierre) can be construed as "trying to say" the same thing I was - - well I don't see how you can view it that way at all.
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