Saturday, December 25, 2010

If you had a million pounds


Yesterday Friday night 25 prizes of £1 million were won on in the Christmas Eve EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle. If all winners come forward and claim their prizes, this will break the existing world record for the most millionaires in a single draw, according to the National Lottery.

I can't help but wonder whether winning a million may be a curse. I mean look at the history of past winners.

I read that winning that kind of money doesn't make you happy. Winning £2million made Stuart Donnelly miserable. He became a recluse and died alone in his luxury home. Alex Toth who won Thirteen-million dollars also died penniless.

There are so many other sad stories and in most there seems to be a familiar story line - most of the winners just spent all their money in such a short time - usually on booze and materialistic things. A million is not that much and it is possible to spend all of it in a few years. I wish they had done something useful with their money.

Maybe it was the curse of living under the spotlight. And of course, there were some who kept their head level and managed their money well but they are few. Of course, there are loads of winners who didn't want the publicity and they probably did well as well.

I was reading the article "What to do when you become an instant millionaire" on the BBC website and was wondering what I would do if I had that kind of money?

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