Overheard on CNN.com: Lottery inspires $540 million wishes, charitable dreams
Readers shared their ideas for what to do with hundreds of millions of dollars. We heard all sorts of fantasies.
March 29th, 2012
05:23 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Lottery inspires $540 million wishes, charitable dreams

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Video iReporter Matt Sky received hundreds of comments in response to a question he posed to fellow readers: What would you do with what is now a $540 million Mega Millions jackpot? The responses got quite creative.

What would you do with all that money?

Here are some of the kinds of fantasies that our readers shared.


jana21: "I would find the best medical facility in the world and have stem cell work done for my son in hopes that he would then be able to learn how to talk and maybe even walk! I would make sure that no matter how long he lived, he would have the best quality of life possible to fit his needs. I would put away for my daughters' education and set up trusts for both. I would also build more playgrounds for the disabled all across our country. Once all that is taken care of, pay off my student loans and all other debt then take classes that interested me and use my free time to volunteer."


"1) Buy a huge piece of land in the desert Southwest.
2) Build a nice home on it.
3) Build a VAST garage and complete workshop.
4) Build my own private racetrack on the land.
5) Collect a vast array of sports cars and motorcycles.
6) Spend the rest of my days trying to improve my lap times."


bgarrett4: I'd start my own TV show where people would compete for my money. A million-a-year for a prize? I could set up a long-running show called 'What Would you Do for $' lol"


DebAH: "Some very well-thought-out, hilarious and  heart warming comments. You all made my day. 🙂 As for me, like StevenB, I'd consult with a tax lawyer and accountant to get advice on the most prudent, tax-saving ways to handle [it[, put good chunk of it for myself, daughter and family members. I also plan on donating a good amount to worthy charities. I'd also use some of it to travel to foreign countries. I would definitely spend some time in Madrid so I can see my beloved Real Madrid games in person. Oh yeah, better add Spanish lessons to my bucket list. :p"


Brenna3: "I would give all of it but one million to cystic fibrosis research and then offer one million to who ever can find a cure. It is so hard to watch a 5-year-old go though so much that you can't imagine. I want her to live and breathe."


aubrie: "Pay off all my debts. Pay for all the student loans my kids got stuck with, so they can start with a clean slate, buy a lovely house on Mount Desert Island in Maine, leave Texas in the dust, and FINALLY get to travel and see places like Bora Bora, the Australian Outback, Russia, the English countryside, the Egyptian pyramids, etc. Hire a financial team, and set up numerous scholarships for deserving kids to go to school."


Koyotee474: "Pay off all my debt. Set $10 million aside for me and my daughter. Before cashing ticket, I would put it in a safety deposit box for one month and call Dr. Drew or Oprah and let them follow me with cameras to get a feeling about my friends. Then cash the ticket and let them document how horrible people get when they know you got money. I would take the rest of the money and buy houses and give one house a week away until the rest of the money is gone."


kansasjhawk: "I would move to Queenstown, New Zealand, immediately, buy ton of large format photography stuff and stock up on film."


davetharave: "I tell you one thing, there'll be an awful lot of beer around."


pokerstarr: "I would buy a really big yacht and rent a couple of pretty ladies then tour the entire world."


t0ofly: "I'd buy a large chunk of land and have a custom-designed house. Big, but not too big. I'd build a large barn and plow a big garden. I'd get plants and animals that I could raise myself and eat. Cows, pigs, chickens and even ostriches ... as weird as that may sound. I'd probably hire high school kids who wanted part time work to do the maintenance around the farm when I didn't feel like it. Maybe even try and start a business. I'd also give a lot of the money away to my friends. In a way, it would be like we all hit the lottery."


kris10scud: "I'd buy Congress, I hear they are for sale!"


JoeDaPlumbr: "I would hire a team of telemarketers to call politicians, survey companies and charities at dinner time just to say Hi."


MGood: "Divorce my wife and get back to real living. She can have half ... no problem."


disagreement: "Lotteries are a tax on the mathematically challenged."


GasBag: "First, get a nice plot. I'd be dead in six months or less."


Whatever11: "I'd Scrooge McDuck that (expletive). Swimming in gold coins = winning."

So what would you do with all that money? Share your opinion in the comments area below and in the latest stories on CNN.com. Or sound off on video via CNN iReport.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (90 Responses)
  1. Mike H.

    I would give it all to congress to reduce the national deficit.

    March 30, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      No, you wouldn't, lol......

      March 30, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |

    I would hire actors to live out my favorite movie, A Walk to Remember. I would play Mandy Moore's part and play it quite convincingly.

    March 30, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
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