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Open Thread: How Would You Spend Your Powerball Winnings?

The new jackpot has reached $550 million.

To paraphrase comedian Chris Rock: $500 million! Good lord, that’s a lot of money.

After 15 straight Powerball drawings without a winner, the jackpot, which has a $327 million cash pay out, is at a record high, Patch editor Nicholas Gestido reported Tuesday.

UPDATE: The jackpot has increased again. How about $550 million?

But the best part—excluding the person or people who actually win—is dreaming about what you would do with all that money.

Some people would do something eminently practical like paying off the mortgage, some would want to be philanthropic and others would train an army of monkeys to run their hyperlocal news website so they can sleep all day.

Hopefully when the drawing happens at 10:59 p.m., your dreams will become reality.

So what would you do if you won the Powerball drawing? Tell us in the comments.  

Tom Hughes November 28, 2012 at 12:20 PM
ANY THING I WANT!!!
MJ November 28, 2012 at 12:37 PM
I'd buy the Alms House, behind Cockeysville library and turn it into an organic restaruant. Not only would I create some local jobs, but it is such an amazing piece of history and very few people even know it's there!
Geoffrey Atkinson November 28, 2012 at 12:59 PM
I'd live very well, be active, get a doctorate in Astronomy (partly because I want to do it, partly to set an example for my kids who I would work at not letting become wealthy do-nothings with an expectation of unlimited stipends). Work part time in something I am passionate about, and fund a couple of scientific endeavors (brain cancer research comes to mind). Ski and surf a lot.
ELIZ November 28, 2012 at 01:44 PM
I would divide the money among my children, I would be so proud to do that for them.I would also get some repairs done around my home.
Aaron Mongeau November 28, 2012 at 01:48 PM
I would build BMX and Velodrome Bicycle parks in Baltimore. These would be poised to invite underprivileged youth to a healthy outlet. Each track would have it's own fleet of quality bikes available to all. -ride on
Philip Einhorn November 28, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I would give Trinity Lutheran Church in Joppa the money necessary to build the food building to distribute food to the needy and donate 90% of my winnings to help those in need. I would use the other 10% to help my six children and their families achieve financial independence.
Laura M. November 28, 2012 at 02:08 PM
i'd get the heck out of Baltimore.
Baltimore Matt November 28, 2012 at 02:48 PM
I would pay to dig a giant pit and fill it with lions where we can throw all of the human trash in Baltimore!!! If I were to win, I would watch out if I were a junky, drug dealer, gang member, criminal, bum, second generation city councilman, mayor, multigenerational welfare receiptant, deadbeat, etc. Those will be some well fed lions.
JA November 28, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I would buy the Hampden Water Tower and fill it with gold coins then swim in it like Scrooge McDuck.
John Doe November 28, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Vegas, baby, Vegas!!!!
number9dream November 28, 2012 at 04:03 PM
As a patriotic American I'd send it to President Obama to help him continue the war in Afghanistan. You know, the war on tara, where Dorito-eating "soldiers" sitting in La-Z-Boy recliners somewhere in the good ol' US of A are remotely piloting drone aircraft to drop bombs on innocent women and children in the name of freedom, justice, and the American Way.
Don Thomann November 28, 2012 at 04:36 PM
I would live in the great cities of the world a year at a time. Go to London, live there for a year. Go to Tokyo, live there for a year. Madrid, live there for a year. And on, and on.
DCMerkle November 28, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I would split the money. Put half of it in investments for the future generations of the family and the other half I would split again and put in trust funds for the current family members. The remaining I would split between the family members to spend as they would like.
Lorna D. Rudnikas November 28, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Geez number9dream...you aren't by chance a "talibanita" are you? Just wondering, because they have great plans for the women and female children!! It would be interesting to see what you would really do with the money...but, nahhhhh...let me win it!! A lot of folks would be very, very happy!!!
Steve November 28, 2012 at 05:09 PM
"Just wondering, because they have great plans for the women and female children!!" LOL So do the Republicans
Harry Callahan November 28, 2012 at 09:10 PM
1. Tell NO ONE about my winning ticket. 2. Make copies of the original ticket and put the original into my safe deposit box at the bank. 3. Meet with my lawyer. 4. Meet with my tax guy. 5. Buy a new home in an area of the country that is gun friendly. 6. Buy my children homes in the same part of the country. 7. Cash in the ticket in the lowest profile the law will allow. 8. Continue to live where I live now for about 6 months. 9. Tell the neighbors I am moving to my new location for health reasons. This is so that they don't later even SUSPECT that I was the winner. 10. Tell my children that I'm moving and that they can move with me if they wish...but not tell them why I'm moving. The fewer people who know the less likely the real story will get out. 11. Move and tell my new neighbors that I am a professional poker player who makes a comfortable living. This will explain why I'm home all of the time. 12. Legally change my name and the names of my children and grandchildren. 13. Apparently, drop off of the face of the earth. 4.
photog November 28, 2012 at 11:20 PM
This is such an obscene amount of money that beyond paying off debts and setting up trust funds for my grandchildren's education, I'd give most of it to charity. I don't want to be poor, but being rich is no picnic; generally wealthy people are not happier than average-income folks and they tend to have more soap operas in their lives due to how money affects their personal relationships. People who think they are doing their kids a favor by giving them millions in prize money: think again.
Anna Oakes November 29, 2012 at 03:12 AM
I would buy my own cable Chanel..where I would taunt every one who ever did me dirty ...then I would clean out all the puppy mills I could find.
Anna Oakes November 29, 2012 at 03:12 AM
I would buy my own cable channel..then I would taunt every man that ever broke my heart....then I would clean out all the puppy mills I could find....and get a little plastic work done.....ha ha ha I
Grace B. November 29, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Well, obviously we didn't win. But, if we had, my husband and I would have moved out of Maryland, and would have taken our daughter, son-in-law, and grandson with us.
John Doe November 29, 2012 at 09:04 PM
I would pay off that $511,000 in legal fees/court costs - in pennies.
Geoffrey Atkinson November 30, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Wondering of moving to Delaware before claiming the prize would save in taxes... but I suppose it all depends on where you bought the ticket.
Steve November 30, 2012 at 01:26 PM
It looks like one of the winning tickets might have been bought by a guy in Maryland http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/watch_did_maryland_man_win_the_powerball_srGpWYav4ODhQfw3RwUlMO

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