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    Posted January 5, 2011 by
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
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    How would you spend $380 million?

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     gazer9757, a clerk for the Forestry Service in Albuquerque, New Mexico, says she might change career fields, but she wouldn't stop working if she won the lottery. 'I like having a job to go to every day. Makes me feel like I am giving part of society. It also helps to reinforce to my kids that making an honest day's living is the right way to go.'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    Congratulations...but SHHHHH!!!!

    Immediately, we contact an accountatnt and place it into a blind trust. Why? You won't believe the answer.


    Because my husbands and my job have a clause in place that if either of us win a large enough sum of money through lawsuit, estate, or gambling win, we have to retire. That would kill wither of us.


    We love having a job. Firefighting is his life blood, and I will go nuts not having to work. Beleive me, we have tried for only one of us to work while the other stays home. After I cleaned our baseboards for the third time in a week, we realized I couldn't do it. Him, firefighting is his heritage and his life. No joke about it. He goes into a depressive state without the purpose firefighting gives him.


    After placing it in a blind trust, we have decided that all the chidren in our families will have an education fund. That will include monies for special needs, tutitions, books, and other items for them to have the opportunities to succeed. If higher education is not attained, then that money will go towards wedding fees, housing fees, or cannot be touched until after age 30. Sounds weird, but we do want the best for our kids, neices and nephews.


    Of course we planned a few splurges for oursleves. Building our dream home complete with library and gourmet kitchen for me, and a shooting range and mechanic garge for him. A few nice cars in that garge would be nice along with a motorcycle or two would be great. Of course a nice cruise would be in the amking and setting up a fund for a yearly trip to a foreign location would be mandatory.


    Then here is the kicker, we would live a normal life. We would put half of our winnings left over into stocks, bonds, and mutal funds to mature and set up our retirements. Our own children would get a few perks, but nothing over the top and definitely no MTVesque Sweet 16 party. We would donate to our favorite charities that we have donated to for years, just the number would be greater that we give. Life would be a bit easier, but it still would be a life we could maintain if we had to downsize.

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