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£126 Million, we can dream.

(79 Posts)
mokryna Thu 05-Sep-19 08:20:59

What would you suggest on how to spend/share it with family/friends or others.

sodapop Thu 05-Sep-19 08:42:30

Where to start Mokryna
Set up children &grandchildren with properties
Start animal rescue centre with daughters as previously agreed if one of us won
Donations to all deserving charities
Buy a small plane for my husband
Hire a hit man for certain politicians

lovebeigecardigans1955 Thu 05-Sep-19 08:53:13

Ooh, well exactly, where to start?
I'd either buy a nice house or a plot of land on which to build one. It would a pretty cottage. I'd plant a traditional cottage style garden with an orchard.
Share the rest out with friends, family and charities. But what if one of them decided to gamble it away, become a drunkard or similar - then it would be my fault for enabling them and I'd be blamed for their downfall.
I have no desire for a stately home with an estate, a helicopter, sports car or designer gear. I'm obviously an adman's nightmare.
Don't you think that amount of money is an obscene win for one person? Why not make 126 people happy by winning £1m each? That would suit me.

Maggiemaybe Thu 05-Sep-19 09:00:24

I’d let the National Lottery keep £120m for its good causes - a person could go mad deciding which charity and individual to support and by how much.

The £6m would be more than enough to set each child and grandchild up with a decent property and leave plenty of wriggle room for other gifts and fancies, and donations to a couple of favourite charities. I think giving anyone too much money would be more of a curse than a blessing.

Maggiemaybe Thu 05-Sep-19 09:02:05

I could come round to the idea of hiring a hit man though....grin

Minniemoo Thu 05-Sep-19 09:04:56

It would mostly go to my favourite charities. There's an animal charity in India that I support. Also one in Thailand. A Swedish (?) chap had moved out there and helps all the stray dogs.

I'd obviously give the children and grandchildren a nice amount.

It would be lovely to help a few of my friends who are struggling somewhat.

Then I'd buy a nice large property and start my own dog rescue.

I'm sure I could manage with the stress of such a win

annodomini Thu 05-Sep-19 09:32:19

Start with a spa week. Then a bungalow near to my sons' families. Business class air travel whenever I wanted to travel to parts of the world I'd love to see. Money to research MND which lost me a very dear sister; and MS , my DGD's dreadful diagnosis. Create a family trust fund for my DSs and DCs. Regular donations to my favourite charities. Finally invest a considerable sum to provide comfortable care in my old(er) age.

KatyK Thu 05-Sep-19 09:33:29

Sort out family's debts, mortgages etc. New house, new car, holiday home somewhere sunny, gifts to certain charities.

GrannyGravy13 Thu 05-Sep-19 09:37:54

I would pay off ACs mortgages

Buy a large villa, complete with pool and gardens in Spain (where we used to live) for the use of all family.

Buy a large "holiday" house in Suffolk which could accommodate all of us, for weekends, short breaks etc.

Buy a stable yard for youngest AC so they could rescue horses/ponies and secure a "forever" home for our own.

Create a trust fund for all GC.

Create a charitable trust for our local children's hospice and the adults hospice.

Look for small local charities to help as and when needed.

Charleygirl5 Thu 05-Sep-19 09:38:08

I would give to some local charities- the cat protection League being one and they would think that all their Christmases had come at once.

I would have enough money to have decent live-in help when I needed it and perhaps extend to accommodate them.

I also could cope with the stress but I am inclined to agree, spread the money more widely but I would do the same if a million £££ came in my direction.

gillybob Thu 05-Sep-19 10:08:43

Oh what a massive amount of money that would be to have responsibility for. I'm really not sure I could handle it.

But, and its a mahoosive BUT, if it were to land on my doormat ;

The first thing I would do (before I even took breath) would be to phone our accountant and say "that's it, we're whatever you need to do" it would be the most delicious phone call ever. Sigh...…….

I would (of course) make sure our faithful lads got a decent share and my family of course and then I would give masses of it away to charities that are close to my heart. Mostly small ones to whom a £million would make a massive difference to what they were able to do. I would also remember my lovely Gransnet friends some of whom struggle along every day without moaning (like me).

To have that sort of money would be quite scary I think and I might fear for my DGC being kidnapped once the word got around, it would be impossible to keep that sort of money quiet wouldn't it ?

I would pay for DH to be seen by the best doctor in Urology and then we would have a MUCH needed and longed for holiday ….

and then I woke up sad

okimherenow Thu 05-Sep-19 10:19:27

I frequently put myself to sleep working out how I'd divide up any winnings..
Divide into 10/100....1/10 each for direct family 2/10 for us.. 1/10 charity... 1/10 friends and rellies. Sorted... And fast asleep

EllanVannin Thu 05-Sep-19 10:22:38

Family would be the first and foremost in my mind.
A first-class visit to Oz to present my family there with a goodly nest-egg.
Homes here for my family, another chunk to friends. I wouldn't be going too mad for myself at my age, apart from a large detached bungalow, big enough to house a maid and a chauffeur, I'd be quite happy.

Anyone struggling with sick children to send abroad for treatment.

When you think about it, there'd be enough to give a million to every person in this country and still have enough left over to do as you wish.

gillybob Thu 05-Sep-19 10:23:01

Oh yes me too okimherenow. Its my best way of dropping off. Its a bit of a disappointment when you wake up though eh?

TrendyNannie6 Thu 05-Sep-19 10:23:43

Would give me a massive headache to be honest knowing as the days go by it’s making more interest, although I’d be giving almost all away to family first n charity’s,I would be scared about kidnapping etc.

gillybob Thu 05-Sep-19 10:24:48

When you think about it, there'd be enough to give a million to every person in this country and still have enough left over to do as you wish

Well not quite EllanVannin grin

Daddima Thu 05-Sep-19 10:26:07

My plan has been in place for a long time! I keep quiet about the £126 million, then tell everyone I’ve won on a week where the prize is much less. I can then give quite respectable sums to family & friends, and secretly give away the rest at my leisure, to a mixture of charities.

NanaNeets Thu 05-Sep-19 10:26:58

I would donate a lot of it to Fight Bladder Cancer then they could do a lot of research with it, it has only a 50% survival rate as it costs the NHS the most amount of money out of all cancers due to high recurrence rates, (hopefully they could then cure me if my terminal small cell bladder cancer) know the signs ladies, blood in pee, ongoing UTIs, peeing more or painful peeing, extreme exhaustion... if you have any of these go straight to your Doc!
Make sure my Son and family are set for life, sort my dear friends out, Hubby and I to go on a well earned holiday, maybe a cruise and buy the house that we rent... surplus can go to good causes

EllanVannin Thu 05-Sep-19 10:31:38

The odd 6 million would keep me quiet Gillybob.

moggie57 Thu 05-Sep-19 10:33:25

a holiday home in the seychelles/cornwall and the usa. grandchildren put some away in a trust for them for after school/college/university.bigger house for my daughter and grandchildren. money to many charities.ovarian units.seaside bungalow for our new church...(4 million)

moggie57 Thu 05-Sep-19 10:33:45

oh and open a cat rescue home.

grandtanteJE65 Thu 05-Sep-19 10:37:18

Well, I would start with a new roof and a new bathroom, plus new windows and a garden fence, paving in the yard and better insulation in the attics.

After that we would need a holiday, so DH and I would go to one of the places we have always wanted to see, or perhaps even all of them.

I would however be sensible and run all expenditure past my bank manager.

Pantglas1 Thu 05-Sep-19 10:45:52

I’m with you Daddima - I’d tell no one and only give small amounts away so as not to raise suspicion and hopes. That kind of win would cause as many problems as it would solve if word got out.

I wouldn’t spend an awful lot on myself but would love to pay for treatment for loved ones in need and holidays for those who want them. Deposits for houses and tuition fees are a given and of course set aside the inevitable inheritance tax.

Most would go to charity- job done!

Rowantree Thu 05-Sep-19 10:45:57

Don't think such large amounts should be on offer. It's an obscene amount. Don't do lotteries so it would be strange if I won anything!:That said, if such a huge sum came my way, I'd want some of it to go to projects funding clean water/toilets in developing countries; setting up a clinic or school, ditto; MSF; and maybe funding outdoor activities for children in urban areas in the UK. If there's anything left, I'd like to get one daughter a decent she'd to store things, and another loo. The other daughter I'd get her outside sorted: garden is a mess and steps outside are crumbling. For me - sort the damp and woodwork; maybe a small extension so we could enlarge the third tiny bedroom. Oh, and sort the dingy and dilapidated study which hasn't been touched in at least 45 years!

Rowantree Thu 05-Sep-19 10:46:40

Shed not she'd!