Top Ten Things Not to Do if You Think You Will Win a Contest or the Lotto

Here is a post from May 4th, 2015, that has some advice that may still be worthwhile. I hope you enjoy it.

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This list was inspired by reading a story about a person who had a dream that they were a Lotto winner and went out and bought new cars before the drawing.

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Top Ten Things Not to Do if You Think You Will Win a Contest or the Lotto

10 If you think you will win a contest or the Lotto, do not quit your day job until the drawing is over. If you do, at best, your boss won’t take you seriously when you give a reason for resigning. At worst, the Publisher Clearing House Award Team will knock on your door only to discover they have made a mistake. (Your neighbor with the constantly barking dog is the actual winner.)

9 If you think you will win a contest or the Lotto, do not brag to your in-laws before the drawing. If you do, at best, they will believe you are a little naive. At worst, your father-in-law will present an IOU for the amount of money he has loaned to your spouse. (The bill will still be due even if you don’t win.)

8 If you think you will win a contest or the Lotto, do not sign the papers for that beautiful new house until after the drawing. If you do, at best, you will be the proud owner of two homes and utterly broke. At worst, the Federal government will want to talk about the amount of income you stated on the bank loan forms of twenty million, which was used to approve the loan. (They keep mumbling vaguely about something called bank fraud.)

7 If you think you will win a contest or the Lotto, do not tell all your friends before the drawing. If you do, at best, they will want the money back for the drinks they bought you. At worst, they will think you won and are avoiding their requests for a loan. (Never thought you had so many broke friends did you?)

6 If you think you will win a contest or the Lotto, do not put off saving for retirement. If you do, at best, you will need to keep working until you have enough to retire. At worst, you will retire and find out you need to work more. (No one is hiring someone that dumb.)

5 If you think you will win a contest or the Lotto, do not put your house up for sale until after the drawing. If you do, at best, you will sell it and need to find another. At worst, you will sell your house and find you don’t have enough money to buy one of similar value. ( The bank just said you don’t qualify for a loan.)

4 If you think you will win a contest or the Lotto, do not tell your boss exactly what you think of them before the drawing. If you do, at best, your boss will send you for a mental evaluation, and all will be forgotten. At worst, you will say things you want to retract, but you know a retraction is impossible even as you pack for your new assignment in North Korea. (Don’t forget the down jacket with the red star.)

3 If you think you will win a contest or the Lotto, do not avoid setting up a college fund. If you do, at best, your kids will be so bright and talented that they will win full scholarships to Ivy League schools. At worst, your kids will have to take jobs and loans to get through college and eventually find their way back to your basement. (Good to see them more frequently, right?).

2 If you think you will win a contest or the Lotto, do not invest in that oil well with your brother-in-law before the drawing. If you do, at best, you have given your brother-in-law a gift. At worst, the oil well came in dry. (I’m not sure that scratch-off ticket is going to help.)

1 If you think you will win a contest or the Lotto, do not buy that expensive gift for your partner before the drawing. If you do, at best, you will be thanked for the thought. At worst, you will have to return the gift and explain why you bought it in the first place. (Whichever way the excuse comes out, it will still sound like you have lost your mind.)

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Michael.

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  1. Very thoughtful and also useful advices, John! Maybe a little slap in the face of the boss could not harm too much? Lol Have a great week! xx Michael

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    1. I prefer a custard pie to the face. 😊

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  2. I’ll add to number seven. If you actually win, still don’t tell your friends. 🙂

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    1. There you go. Smart edition. 😁 Thanks, Joan

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  3. This topic always makes me think of the lottery curse stories. Guess people winning and having their lives get thrown out of whack is more interesting than things working out.

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    1. Always more interesting for sure. Thanks, Charles.

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  4. The moral of the story…never think you will win.

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    1. Yes. Good summary, Jill. 🤣

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  5. At least the neighbor with the barking dog will probably move. Good list John. Your sad sack(s) in this list seem doomed.

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    1. Like most who wish instead of do they are doomed. Thanks, Dan

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  6. Maybe I can wallpaper one of the bedrooms with all the old tickets.

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    1. Good idea. Would be a very exclusive look.

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  7. Won’t have to worry about any of these – don’t play the lottery because I know I’ll never win, lol.

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    1. I don’t either! (It’s a statistical thing.)

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    2. Yeah the odds of wining are the same if you buy a ticket or not.

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  8. Now, how does that old saying go, “Don’t count your chickens . . . “?

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    1. Yes. A good saying in this case. 😁

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      1. For sure. I can’t believe anyone would be dumb enough to make a major purchase he can’t afford because he THINKS he’s going to win the lottery.

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      2. There are some that dumb.

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      3. Tut tut . . .

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  9. Gambling on a gamble? I guess there’s a chance of a chance but, like you say, the results can be counterproductive. 🙂

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    1. I wonder what the odds are on unproductive.

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  10. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Great list, John. I don’t play Lotto, mostly because it’s not on my radar. I get gas and just don’t want to bother with buying a ticket. But, I do enjoy reading about those who have won. 😊

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    1. I used to play once in a while but decided it wasn’t worth it. (Precious dollars.)

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  11. Yep! Never count your chickens before they hatch. Good one, John!

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    1. Probably best to never count you chickens ever. Thanks, Jan.

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  12. Dan Conti · · Reply

    Don’t tell your wife you want a divorce and buy an expensive new condo and move into it with your new young lover. If you don’t win you most likely will still get the divorce, lose your house, lose your young lover and be stuck with an expensive condo payment.

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    1. Sounds like something I would do. Thanks, Dan.

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  13. I play once in a while. Good odds. 50-50. I win or I don’t.
    I really thought I was going to win the BIG ONE a year ago.
    I marched into my bosses offices, stared him in the eye, sat down, stood up and left. Whew, I didn’t win but had fun thinking about it.
    A year later I won $50.00. Life is funny that way.

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    1. That $50.00 was a sign. Reinvest my son.

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  14. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    Having the Publisher Clearing House team show up at your house by mistake or stopping to ask for directions would be the worst.

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    1. Ha ha ha. I can just picture it. Thanks, Pete.

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  15. Great list, John! I’ve played once in a while, and I think the most I’ve won is $11. I still report to my day job. 🙂

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    1. I don’t blame you, Lauren

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  16. Very thoughtful advice, John. I’ve never won anything and doubt that I ever will, but I’ll keep them in mind.

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    1. Yes please do. 🤣

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  17. I don’t play Lotto … even when it gets into that sky-high range. There’s just something about spending money on something I have no control over that doesn’t sit well with me. But this is a great list, John. Full of wisdom!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. I’m glad you liked it. I don’t play Lotto either.

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  18. I read them all, but kept going back to # 7. Great list, John!

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    1. Thank you, GP.

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  19. Number 4 brings to mind the Seinfeld episode where George had the shits of his boss and told him so, only to return with tuck tailed the next day.

    As for who to tell? How about no one? Until AFTER you have the money . . and you can tell them all about it in a nice letter, while living somewhere else?

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    1. Tell no one before its time (Which is never)

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      1. Thank you muchly Orson.

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  20. #3, I’m so glad our basement is a crawl space.

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  21. Till that cheque is in your hands… better yet, till that money is deposited in your account, tell not a soul. Better yet? Keep that to yourself! 😉

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    1. I think I will keep it to myself. 😁

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      1. Tell you what… with my winnings, I’ll fly over to your neck and we can toast with a Voodoo Ranger 😉

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      2. sounds like a plan 😁

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      3. Thought that might work 😉

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  22. Hilarious, John!

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  23. Don’t you think it should be “before or after…”?

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  24. I always think I’m going to win.
    Something keeps happening to my winning tickets….. They seem to be replaced with losers.

    All good advice, John, especially about the down parka with a star!

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    1. Ha ha ha. There must be a gremlin where you keep the ticket, Resa. Happens to me too. I’ve never caught ’em though. 😁

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      1. I 🤔 wonder if we have the same gremlin?

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      2. I’ll bet we do. I think he is a Canadian.

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      3. Figures… Canadian Gremlins are the sneakiest!

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      4. Nice though, eh?

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      5. For the Gremlins!!!! Yeah

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  25. All ten are sage advice. On a related topic (and this is true, it happened just last week): A woman was about to buy a scratch-off ticket from a machine. Just as she was about to push the button, a man bumped into her and she hit the button next to the one she wanted. The man made no apology or said anything. He just kept going. The woman thought, “How rude!” She begrudgingly retrieved the ticket she did not want, went to her car where she took a quarter from her purse and proceeded to do her scratching. Guess what? She had won 10 million dollars.

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    1. Was an angel who hit here for sure.

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