I would probably wait the whole period dof time they allow to claim the winner, then get a lawyer?accountant, pay off all my student debt along with the wife's debt, build a modest house out in country somewhere between Des Moines and Ames, then I would be talking to Mr. Pollard about some improvements for all sports facilities and give a hefty donation for years to come. I would then donate a small chunk to the University itself for academics. As for working, I would probably quit my job and travel to every home and away game for the Cyclones in football and basketball and become a season ticket holder for the Cubs. The rest the wife gets.
Lock my doors, go into hiding.
Current Estimated Jackpot $500 Million - $327.4 Million Cash Value
ya I'd take it
buy a house in CO and snowboard all winter.
Someone posted above it being closer to $327M cash value. That seems high to me, but I'll believe them. In that case you are probably looking at somewhere in the neighborhood of $200M after taxes.
Buying houses (one here, a couple in places id like to spend time), paying off family\friends debt.
First vacation home would be right along the beach somewhere, possibly San Diego area.
if you use a countries nominal GDP you could by the Marshall Islands.
List of countries by GDP (nominal) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I'd buy a new car and relatively modest house, but I don't think I'd change much else. I doubt that I'd quit my job because I'd be bored a lot.
I'd immediately quit my job and come up with a game plan.
Probably give my sisters and my mother a couple of million and then tell them I never want to hear about money again.
Talk to the other couple that we've been friends with for 20 years and tell them that we're going to give them enough to retire and travel with us.
Sell my house
Sell nearly everything I own
Pick out 10 or so places that I've always dreamed of living and spend time in each one to determine where I'd like to build a house.
Buy the wife an Aston Martin
Mercedes S Class
Mercedes G Class
Buy a handful of Motorcycles (mostly italian) to put in the house for display-I'm worth too much to ride:)
Buy a bunch of land near my new house to build a private racetrack.
Have a huge party for all my friends and pay Jack White and Meg to get back together for one last show.