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A friend jokingly says that if he won the big one that he would hire some full time gamers whose only job it was to be at his disposal for playing games. I've daydreamed about this also. Would I continue to obsess over playing games as I traveled and lived the life of a millionaire? Would I buy every game in the top 2000 and build a huge fancy library for them all? I was wondering where boardgaming fits into BGG'ers lottery fantasy.
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If I won the lottery I would certainly buy more games and spend more time playing games. But I would probably buy a house first.
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I often wonder if I would try to keep winning a secret. Games would certainly be purchased -- and overseas shipping would no longer be a problem. Perhaps I'd open a decent Mexican restaurant or even a Taco Bell in the neighborhood. We only get Chinese/Mexican and Yuppie-Mexican.

Of course it's never gonna happen for me -- I've learned just enough math to know that lotteries are a terrible investment.
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I often wonder if I would try to keep winning a secret. Games would certainly be purchased -- and overseas shipping would no longer be a problem. Perhaps I'd open a decent Mexican restaurant or even a Taco Bell in the neighborhood. We only get Chinese/Mexican and Yuppie-Mexican.

Of course it's never gonna happen for me -- I've learned just enough math to know that lotteries are a terrible investment.


I love how you rank Taco Bell higher than a decent Mexican restaurant.
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I often wonder if I would try to keep winning a secret. Games would certainly be purchased -- and overseas shipping would no longer be a problem. Perhaps I'd open a decent Mexican restaurant or even a Taco Bell in the neighborhood. We only get Chinese/Mexican and Yuppie-Mexican.

Of course it's never gonna happen for me -- I've learned just enough math to know that lotteries are a terrible investment.


I love how you rank Taco Bell higher than a decent Mexican restaurant.


Hilarious, I thought "yeah unless he lives in Brooklyn"

check profile, I just won the lottery!
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I tell my wife if I won the lottery I would open the best comic book/game store in the land.

And it would probably go out of business in about 5 months due to me sitting around playing games and reading comic books all day.
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If I won the lottery (and that's a big if), I sure as heck wouldn't claim the prize money in person. I'd hire a lawyer and send him to go pick it up. Every time I see some dope collecting their lottery winnings in a big ceremony on TV I think to myself, "What a chump."

But mostly, I'm never going to win the lottery because I don't buy lottery tickets.
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I'm not a big lottery player, but even so we have joked and dreamed about what we would do. and one of those things is a very elaborate gaming/geek store which is top of the line and well over the top.

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I would build a secluded yet massive mead hall where I can indulge all my hobbies: beer, music, D&D, lego, miniature wargaming, and boardgames. Good luck getting me out of there once I go in.
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I would definitely still find time for games. I would build a bigger house with a large game room where I could hold lots of game nights/days/whenevers.

A game store would be nice too. Even if the business lost say $20K a year I wouldn't care because my other investments should cover it. It would just be a pet project.
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Why do I find myself suspecting that game store owners are reading this thread and laughing their butts off?
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Leezer wrote:
If I won the lottery (and that's a big if), I sure as heck wouldn't claim the prize money in person. I'd hire a lawyer and send him to go pick it up. Every time I see some dope collecting their lottery winnings in a big ceremony on TV I think to myself, "What a chump."


A lot of lotteries require you to pick it up in person, and that they are able to use your name and image. But yes, if possible, I certainly agree.

I have heard/read that winning the lotto tends to ruin your life. Not only do you get lots of charities/scam artists/etc. contacting you all the time, but you find out which of your friends and relatives now want to hit you up for money / just hang with you cause you'll pay for everything. Many - most? - folk also tend to spree spend it and wind up broke, just like many pro athletes who get big contracts.


But yeah, I've always thought I would do a few sensible things like pay off my house/debts (and probably move closer to Seattle). I'd certainly get a game room in any new place, and spurge on custom shelving and table(s).

I think one problem with the plan of gaming all day would be that all your gaming buddies still have to work all day, and don't have extra free time like you now do. Of course, you can try and find new ones, but I suspect a lot of the random gaming folk who do have all day free are in that class of "people I'm not sure I want to game with" (he said, horribly stereotyping).
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rinelk wrote:
Why do I find myself suspecting that game store owners are reading this thread and laughing their butts off?


Yeah, I always assume most game store owners are doing it for the love of the hobby or as a pet project, as it sure doesn't seem like a way to get rich. While I do think it's a nice idea to open up a game store to enable gaming, I'd want to be wealthy enough to:

• Hire someone to actually worry about the business end
• Be able to focus on the games I like (as opposed to the ones that actually pull in the profits)

Somewhere about this point, it occurs to me I could just be rich and hang out at one of the nice local game stores, instead of owning one.
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sniderman89 wrote:
A friend jokingly says that if he won the big one that he would hire some full time gamers whose only job it was to be at his disposal for playing games.


So, just out of curiosity.
How much would a full time gamer get paid? And would there be benefits?
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People greatly underestimate how long it would take to spend a couple million dollars.

As for board games, I already have more games than I can play, let alone keep track of the rules for. I would certainly buy more but not excessively. If I won enough to quit my job, I think I would spend more time playing them though.
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frumpish wrote:
People greatly underestimate how long it would take to spend a couple million dollars.

As for board games, I already have more games than I can play, let alone keep track of the rules for. I would certainly buy more but not excessively. If I won enough to quit my job, I think I would spend more time playing them though.


I also believe that many people overestimate how long it would take to go through a couple million dollars as well.

this may be a little OT but there are some that don't know how or can't say no to anything and end up going through what should have been enough to retire on. I have worked and so have several others (when i was in warehousing) that have been professional sports players including some championship teams. Granted they may have rode the bench but that still includes a heafty salary, but now (or then at least) making $10/hr looking for ways to scam the system.

Again I don't see too much changing in my life because i am generally a minimalist but I would likely expand my store make more investments and enjoy more gaming time.

rinelk wrote:
Why do I find myself suspecting that game store owners are reading this thread and laughing their butts off?

I do own a store and although i chuckle when people say such things at times (depending on their personality and type of person they are) I wouldn't out and out laugh at someone for wanting to live the dream, if that is their dream.
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Leezer wrote:
If I won the lottery (and that's a big if), I sure as heck wouldn't claim the prize money in person. I'd hire a lawyer and send him to go pick it up. Every time I see some dope collecting their lottery winnings in a big ceremony on TV I think to myself, "What a chump."


A lot of lotteries require you to pick it up in person, and that they are able to use your name and image. But yes, if possible, I certainly agree.

I'm aware of that. I don't know whether the Indiana lottery requires this, but since I don't buy lottery tickets I really have no reason to research it. If I did buy lottery tickets, that would be the first thing I'd check.
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