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Old 23.08.2008, 22:56
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Winning the lottery - what would you do?

So, I see the Euro Millions is at more than CHF 100 million, again. Just curious: What would you do if you won? After paying your taxes, as pointed out in this thread Paying tax on Lottery winnings and making a donation to the Englishforum, of course?

Quit job? Travel around the world? House? Donate? Help out family and friends? Buy a country or at least a town? Go to the casino to lose it all, again?

I think I would do most of the above - well, definitely not the last two, and probably not the first - well, I would get a different job, I think.

What about you?
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Old 23.08.2008, 23:46
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Re: Winning the lottery - what would you do?

I go straight to the BEER store
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Re: Winning the lottery - what would you do?

I would add to my collection of old broken mutts.

So as not to further strain the tolerance of my neighbors, I'd use those millions buy a small isolated farm. Actually, the price of a Swiss farm is relatively trivial - most of those millions would go to cover the bureaucratic and legal costs of getting permission to buy that farm.

Or I'd simply up sticks and head to Wyoming, where that isolated farm is easy to find.
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Re: Winning the lottery - what would you do?

Buy a house that can fit loads of cats, a gym and a pool. Then go to the local shelter and get all the cats nobody wants.
Buy the little shop at the corner of my current street and turn it into a cool smoothie and salad bar.
Get my pilot's licence, including one for acrobatics.
Go and fly in a MIG.
Disappear in a health farm for three months and then hire Dave Dollé as my personal trainer. Then get married to whomever I choose and live happily ever after...
Stop working next to my studies and spend that time doing charity work instead.
Get someone to clear my father's house up.
Send my mum on holiday and have everything she wants done to her house done. Or just buy her a new house.
Get my sister a horse.
Get my brother his own flat.
Maybe study medecine after all...
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Old 24.08.2008, 10:18
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Re: Winning the lottery - what would you do?

Although, I never play lotteries or gamble, I've always thought about what I would do.

Quit job and travel the world for a year
Spend another year solely learning to actually speak French, and maybe some other languges
Pay off andy imediate family morgages
Buy modest villas in Italy, Spain, CH (mtns), and a flat in London
Get a sailboat
Buy a building in Lausanne and open a real cycling and triathlon shop
Spend the rest of my years happily working in my store, with my new dog
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Old 24.08.2008, 10:29
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Re: Winning the lottery - what would you do?

I would`nt tell anyone except my two year old boy . Then would just do some of the things mentioned above by you guys and much much much more. I do play the Lotto at times.
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Old 24.08.2008, 10:31
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Re: Winning the lottery - what would you do?

The usual stuff....

Buy a nice property or two
Travel in style
Donate some
Give some to family
Build a death star.
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Re: Winning the lottery - what would you do?

Oh yes, I forgot.

TRY TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD.

And then ban skinny jeans.
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Old 24.08.2008, 11:07
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And then ban skinny jeans.
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could you ban crocs while you're at it?
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Old 24.08.2008, 11:07
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Re: Winning the lottery - what would you do?

Tell Nobody !
Get to the airport and go a long way to a luxury hotel.
Sit on the beach and think very carefully about it for a long time.
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Old 24.08.2008, 11:13
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Re: Winning the lottery - what would you do?

If you buy your tickets online at the UK national lottery site, would you still have to pay tax in CH?

Not that 50mil+ CHF wouldnt be enough, but i'd rather give the "tax" to family and friends than the CH-government..
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Old 24.08.2008, 11:28
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I would add to my collection of old broken mutts.

So as not to further strain the tolerance of my neighbors, I'd use those millions buy a small isolated farm. Actually, the price of a Swiss farm is relatively trivial - most of those millions would go to cover the bureaucratic and legal costs of getting permission to buy that farm.

Or I'd simply up sticks and head to Wyoming, where that isolated farm is easy to find.

I'm with you, with a different twist, Basset hound and parrot rescue. We would definitely need to be in the middle of nowhere, because of the parrots.
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Old 24.08.2008, 11:30
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Re: Winning the lottery - what would you do?

[quote=Gregsyuk1;299402]If you buy your tickets online at the UK national lottery site, would you still have to pay tax in CH?[quote]


I actually wonder a similar thing - I sometimes play euromillions on the swiss lotto site. But if I won 100mFr I would want to probably move to Zug or somewhere before recieving the money for tax purposes. But if I play online I get the money upon winning as opposed to when I submit my ticket, no? Or does the ticket constitute the asset as soon as you win...
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Old 24.08.2008, 11:31
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Re: Winning the lottery - what would you do?

Oh, and what would I do with 100mFr, one thing: Minions, lots and lots of Minions. Do my bidding yee!
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Old 24.08.2008, 11:39
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Re: Winning the lottery - what would you do?

Wow, so much money and I only have one life to spend it all, so I'd probably give a lot of it away to organizations protecting endangered species (tigers, sea turtles, cheetahs). Probably I'd also hire mercenaries who would use brute force commando tactics against Japanese whaling ships. I'd use a little money for myself, do some traveling for a few years, and comfortably retire in France in a nice maison de campagne. One thing I definitely would NOT do is buy frivolous luxuries (paintings, expensive rugs, solid gold showerheads) there's more to life than that.
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100 million....?!
Before doing anything stupid with the money I'd have to first talk with my winnings consultant Michael Carroll..!!
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Re: Winning the lottery - what would you do?

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If you buy your tickets online at the UK national lottery site, would you still have to pay tax in CH?
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No. But then you won't be able to receive your winnings.
Read the smalll print?

At least you could sell your story though to the gutter press.
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Re: Winning the lottery - what would you do?

I'd buy an utterly charming and utterly unprofitable second-hand and antiquarian book shop in some quaint little market town in England, perhaps opposite the parish church, next door to a furniture shop run by Plymouth brethren, and just down the road from a very nice Marston's pub run by Indians who, in addition to serving very nice ale, make a bloody nice curry. For example.

I'd install a manager who knows about these things, and my only contribution would be to snaffle anything that came in that was related to Balkan history, Ottoman poetry, Persian art, Greek Orthodox iconography, thus ensuring that my own library continued to be well stocked, and that the shop remained utterly charming but utterly unprofitable.

I would then begin my tour of all the interesting places in the world, beginning with a year-long tour of Greece, visiting Meteora, the Epirus mountains, Ioannina, Macedonia, Thrace and Evia, collecting music and icons as I went, then moving on to Turkey, where I'd spend six months in Istanbul, collecting a few miniatures, smoking immense quantities of apple tobacco, drinking gallons of tea, and eating anything that once went 'baa' and now goes 'sizzle'. After that I'd visit central and eastern Turkey: Trabzon, Van, Cappadocia - taking photographs of abandoned Armenian churches, trying to avoid getting arrested, and learning to play the zourna.

After that, I'd make my way into Iran (I'm hoping I'll have a Swiss passport by this time), where I'd marvel at the wonderful architecture in Mashhad, visit Hafez's tomb in Shiraz, and, perhaps, pick up a few more miniatures.

Then India, Singapore (I want to eat a durian!), Malaysia, Sarawak (orang-orang-utan!), Papua-New Guinea (Tok Pisin!), Australia (Greeks in Melbourne, the Nullarbor Plain!), New Zealand (obligatory visit to relatives - absolutely no plans to visit anything even remotely connected to dreary, self-indulgent, over-long films about short-arse hairy-footed people (no, not the Welsh) and wizards), and then onto North America, where I'd spend years touring in a big red convertible, shooting alligators, admiring penguins and learning to shout 'yee-haw' while lassooing a steer. Or something.

Buenos Aires, Rome, Dublin, Edinburgh, Transylvania, Budapest, Tirana, Belgrade, Dubrovnik, maybe even a little while in London, which I've never really visited properly (drunken weekends with old school friends notwithstanding), Cornwall, the Frisian Islands, Heligoland, Norway, Hamburg, Brittany (to learn the cornemuse), Bulgaria (ah! attar of roses!), Galicia, Euskadi, Granada, St Petersburg...

If I had any money left, I'd retire to my little bookshop and spend the rest of my life listening to the ticking of the clock, picking lint off my tweed jacket, and being exceedingly happy.

Yes. That's what I'd do if I won the lottery...
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Old 24.08.2008, 12:31
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Buy a house that can fit loads of cats...Then go to the local shelter and get all the cats nobody wants...Then get married to whomever I choose and live happily ever after... ...
You assume that a bloke will put up with the hundreds of cats just to be near your millions.

We're generally cheap and easily led, but c'mon...
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I would add to my collection of old broken mutts.

So as not to further strain the tolerance of my neighbors, I'd use those millions buy a small isolated farm. Actually, the price of a Swiss farm is relatively trivial - most of those millions would go to cover the bureaucratic and legal costs of getting permission to buy that farm.

Or I'd simply up sticks and head to Wyoming, where that isolated farm is easy to find.
Ditto for SWMBO, but probably rabbits and wee cute things.

For me, nice car(s), house(s), charity work.
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