Well, Camelot (the operators of the UK lottery) commissioned a follow-up report in 2002:
A third of winners (34%) buy a car straightaway, while one in 10 (11%) buy new clothes or new jewelery. For around four in five (77%) the most expensive single purchase is a house, followed by a car (14%). A quarter of winners give up to 10% of their winnings to their family, while nearly a half more (45%) give family eleven to thirty percent. Almost three in five give up to 10% to friends, while two thirds give up to 10% to charity.
Why do these winners figuratively throw their money out the window?
I think I’ve stumbled on a clue; they think that they can just win it all back again:
As to doing the Lotto, four in five jackpot winners (82%) still play every week — and one in five (21%) is very confident of winning again.
And, I think that in here is a very important lesson for those of you lucky enough to become successful with your Making Money 201 (Wealth Acceleration) activities:
Don’t spend your money as though you can just keep on making it all over again … you take on huge (hopefully, calculated) risks to reach your Number by your Date.
But, once you get there, switch to Making Money 301 (Protecting Your Wealth) because you just may not be so lucky the next time around 😉