Thursday, February 28, 2008

Two Seventy Five


Two Seventy Five

Two hundred seventy five???


That's how much money a Georgia man won last Friday in the Mega Millions jackpot. Robert Harris, an iron worker, played the winning ticket numbers, 7-12-13-19-22 and a Mega Ball number 10, which were a combination based on his six grandchildren's birthdays. Harris and his wife drove 200 miles from their rural hometown of Portal, Ga (pop 600) to Atlanta to meet with the media and to claim their money. According to Robert, they played the same numbers each time that they play the lottery. The funny thing is that they ALMOST DIDN'T WIN. His wife had gone to the store but had left without getting the lottery ticket.

"It was raining like crazy and I said, 'No, I'm not going back up there,' " Tonya Harris said. "And then something changed my mind."

According to lottery officials, the odds of winning the jackpot was approximately 1 in 175 million.

Tonya Harris said all the money might change their lives — new home, new cars, college for the grandchildren — but it won't change them.

"I'll be back in jeans and a T-shirt tomorrow," she said. "It is not going to change me at all. Him maybe, but not me — I'm too country."

In the immortal words of Clay Davis... "shheeeeeeeeeeeeeyyyyt!!!!" I'm gonna change.

I'm gonna change phone numbers...I'm gonna change addresses...I'm gonna change clothes...I'm gonna change drawz...

First, I'm not gonna do a stinkin' press conference. If I won that kinda money, I'd rather be anonymous. It would take me about 15 mins and 45 seconds to get from my house to the Lottery Claim Center downtown. I could go in the back door and leave through the back door. I don't need the fan fare. No need for a press conference for me to answer silly questions like... "What do you plan to do with all of this money?" or "Do you plan to quit your job?". The answer is simple. I plan to live life to the fullest and ball outta control and I quit my job as soon as those six numbers showed up on the tv screen. LOL

Second, I'm gonna leave the crib. I live in a very nice neighborhood but I'll leave the house as is. No need to spend another night in here. I'd prolly go live somewhere else while the dream mansion is being built. Call me paranoid...but the last thing that I want to worry about is some clown tryna kidnap my 1 yr old son and hold him for ransom. Maybe I've watched too many movies...but you get my point.

I'll drive to SC and tell my parents that they are retired. They've worked long and hard and it would feel great to be able to let them know that that they'd never have to lift a finger again.

Next, I'd make a few phone calls...round up the crew...and we're going to Magic City! Call the National Weather Service b/c there's gonna be a tsunami in Atlanta! We're kickin ole punk azz Pacman Jones out. And its gonna its never rained before. LMAO!!!

Lastly, me and my wife are going someplace..."where no mosquitoes is at."

What would YOU do???


Eb the Celeb said...

I would be anonymous too... I got too many vultures in my family... to let are them know I just won that much money... only my mom would know and that's it... definitely aint having no press conference... first thing I would do is quit my job and start my own business... enough of that working for the man mess...

12kyle said...

You got vultures in your family, too? LOL. Can you imagine how many "cousins" would mysteriously appear? Haaaaa

L. Renee' said...

I agree with both you and Eb the celeb. I would keep this on the down low. However, My family is HUGE and somebody is going to tell somebody. LOL
First and formost I would SCREAM!!! I mean Scream like my life depended on it. Then I would GO ABSOLUTELY CRAZY! LOL
I know they say money can't buy happiness but I would love to try and find out for myself. LOL

Trish said...

12Kyle, I agree, I wouldnt want any of that press conference crap, although I have heard that its sort of a requirement when you win the lottery. Its just like another big prize winning contest here in NY. Part of the rules say that you must agree to them using your likeness for pics, ads, etc. when and if you win.
Family members would come out of the woodwork and cuss me out when I dont freely hand them MY money. I believe in helping others but Im not gonna become the family national bank !
I would DEFINITELY quit, retire my husband and maybe one of my sisters, Set my Mom up lovely, buy a bunch of dream homes is places Ive always wanted to go. I would give to my church, ONCE!
Invest, own a laundry mat, liquor store and a funeral home.
Have a huge, huge bash at my house on one of the carribean islands and fly over a ton of true blue friends. I dont need much just want to be comfortable and want for nothing.
Now for these bumps on a log that won the 275 (actually one lump sum of 164 million) where is the enthusiasm?? I dont know that I could contain myself !

RezidL said...

12Kyle, don't think I didn't peep that you incorporated a picture in your blog....for the first time.

I'd go away for about two months with the wife. Somewhere warm with lots of fruity drinks for her. Get away to get perspective how to deal with the windfall and just unwind before the hellish ride that would be sure to be coming once our families and friends found out.

Then I'd buy that new Gulfstream private jet I've always wanted!!!

12kyle said...

@ LRenee
Change the home phone number and the cell number. Hopefully the family members won't be able to track you down. Haaaa

@ Trish
I think I'd try to find a way to skip this press conference crap. Just a waste of time. You'd give to the church once? WOW! That'd be one helluva tithe.

No more liquor stores, Trish. Haaaa. I think we have enough of them. As for the winners, this dude was really acting like he didn't care. I would've been a little bit more excited than this stiff.

Yeah. I got a picture on the blog. I'm still learning the ins an outs of this blog. Once I figure it out!

I'd definitely take the wife on a trip...minus the kids. And then once I got back, there would be 100% chance of rain at Magic City.

Opinionated Diva said...

After taking the early pay out & and after paying Uncle're still left with a considerable amount of money.

This is going to sound REAL crazy, but I'd probably give most of it away.

12kyle said...

@ Opinionated Diva
That's not crazy at all. There are a lot of people who'd do the same thing. I've heard Bill Gates say that he plans to give a way most of his fortune away before he and his wife die. They will leave very little for their kids.

Just remember that if you win...and you're in the mood to give...holla atcha boy! LOL

Thanks for the vibe.

RezidL said... gon' make it rain in The City if it's the last thing you do.

12kyle said...

@ Rezidl
You damn right! We're gonna make it rain like it's never rained before. LOL

PCD (Pretty Circle Drawer) said...

my hubby and i discussed this after watching True Hollywood Stroy: life after winning the lottery. anonymity is key...especially for family and friends-LOl!!!

Brown Girl Gumbo said...

I am a really giving person, but my husband is just the opposite. We've daydreamed about winning the lottery and he's told me time and time again that we're not going to give our money away like I probably would if we weren't together.

The first thing I would do is MOVE into a house and leave my small, ugly Brooklyn apartment immediately!!! I would quit my 9 to 5 and just live life to the fullest...finest clothes, food and vacations.

12kyle said...

This is soooo true. I think anonymity is very important. I'd want to keep in touch with my immediate family but I wouldn't want to talk to anybody outside of them.

@ Brown Girl Gumbo
I hear you. I'd give SOME away. But the rest will be for me and the generations to follow.

Question...would you stay in Brooklyn? I'd stay in Atlanta if I won this kinda loot but I'd be real low key about it.

12kyle said...

Funny Side note...for some STRANGE wife seems to think that if you're gonna buy the winning ticket it needs to be in some secluded place. She doesn't think the winning ticket will be sold here in a metropolitan area. I find that very funny. I explained to her that it doesn't matter where the ticket is sold. But she always points out the facts that the ticket winners never come from a city. When I told her that the winning ticket was sold in some country town called Portal, GA...her response..."I told you!" Haaaaaa

Brad said...

I got too much family to keep it on the down low. As soon as I triple the size of my mommas house they gonna know that I came up on some mega ends. Plus When they see me pull up in the Bently Continental. That might give it away too. I'd set my kids up and their kids with a lil somn too. Give my siblings enough to not have to worry....then Ball Outta control.

Paula D. said...

I would disappear like a fart in the wind!!!! At least in the beginning. I would some down time to let everything sick in.

RezidL said...

12Kyle....stop smashing the dreams of folks in the big city....We can win big, too...LOL

eclectik said...

No one would know.
I'd break the fortunate off gradually.

Other than that.
and live WAY within my brand new means.

The blog Meet and Greet would be BANANERZ all on e!

You're're ALL Welcome!

Gotta get you on the messageboard fam.


12kyle said...

@ Rezidl
Don't shoot the messenger. LOL

@ Paula D
Fart in the wind? LOL. Very descriptive.

@ Opinionated Diva
@ Brown Girl Gumbo
@ Paula D

Thanks for coming to the 12th planet for the first time. Make sure that you come back again.

12kyle said...

@ eclectik
Thanks for the invitation. I'm on the message board now.

To all my fellow bloggers and visitors, y'all should check out his blog as well as the other blogs that are listed on my blog. You will definitely enjoy em.


Boogie said...

I think I'd go the 'anonymous' route myself. Of course, I'd pay for Momz to live wherever she wanted to live, then hit up my brother and sister, take care of a couple of my closest friends, and FINALLY, after getting out of debt, I'd get a nice house, but I wouldn't "ball out of control"....that's you LOSE the money. AND, I'd still work (I'm a teacher), because I would want to see how it would feel to NOT have to work to live. Oh yeah....and I'd have to make it BLIZZARD in the skrippa joint just ONE TIME.....(not rain, but BLIZZARD, where folk can't even SEE ANYTHING ELSE BUT the dough that I'm throwin' around........rotflmao)!!!


12kyle said...

@ Boogie
Blizzard? LOL! Youz a fool, bruh. I think you'd prolly work for about 30 mins and then quit once one of those kids got on your nerves. I think you could live 3 lifetimes and not blow that money.