The First Three Things Lottery Winners Do

From Worry to WealthyUpdated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”

133-May 13

“I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor. Rich is better.”—Sophie Tucker

Your wildest dreams come true: You pick the winning numbers in the lottery and suddenly you are a millionaire!

Now what? What do you do first?

There was a study several years ago that determined the top three things that most winners did—and nearly 90 percent did all of these three things. I will list them for you in reverse order, a la David Letterman:

#3. They buy a new car.

#2. They take a trip. If they were married with children, they go to Walt Disney World in Florida. If they are married without children or single, they go to Hawaii.

#1. The very first thing they all do is say, “This isn’t going to change me.”

That one fearful statement, “This isn’t going to change me,” rang in my consciousness like a clarion call. To me, this is stark evidence that most people have a negative picture of what having money will do to them. Many people in our society grow up with the idea that “dirty money” or “filthy lucre” will somehow corrupt them—that they will become arrogant or miserly and lose all their friends. A nationwide study conducted by the AARP in 2000 showed that the majority of people believed that “lots of money makes people greedy and insensitive.” How are you going to let money in your life if you think having it will make you a bad person? Doesn’t it make sense that if you thought money was a powerful force for good and that having an abundance of money would mean you could make large contributions to worthy causes, that a lottery winner would say instead, “This is really going to change me for the better”?

If you think that having a lot of money will make you a bad person, your internal sense of integrity is probably not going to allow it into your life. You need to change your attitude about having money and being rich if you want more abundance in your life. Make a list of positive things you would do with money if you were wealthy. Why not decide that money will make you a better person?

Today’s Affirmation: “The more money I get, the more money I share.”

Sometimes you just have to go left...
Sometimes you just have to go left…

“Today, rather than coloring outside the lines, I’m erasing the lines I drew in the first place.”—Katy Bray

Do you keep a list of favorite quotes? I do. I started mine years ago when I would read some self-help book, or take a class or seminar, or someone would say something pithy in a conversation.

“Ahaaaa,” I would sigh, “That’s a good one. I’ve got to write that down.”

I had a little notebook that I kept in my purse and I’d scribble it in. Now of course, I’ve got a cell phone to record them and a word file to collect them in.

Once in a bookstore, I found a book in the bargain bin called, “The Last Word on Making Money”. Published in 1988, it was a collection of quotes about money. I thought to myself, “That will come in handy some day” and purchased it immediately.

I flipped through it, then stuck it on my bookshelf where it remained unread for years.

Ten years later, when I started writing my page-a-day book “The Wealthy Spirit”, I decided to put a quote at the top of every page. That book really came in handy!

Intuition will strike you in the oddest little ways. I’m so glad I bought that book instead of looking back and wishing I had bought the book.

Pay attention to your inner voice.

Uh, let me reframe that. Pay attention to your positive inner voice. The one that’s happy and full of possibility, that sees stars instead of bars, that sees the beauty of the world, and the beauty of you.

I’d rather fail living my dream than succeed at living someone else’s.

Love and blessings!


Prosperity is a habit. You have to practice it every day.

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Chellie Campbell is a Financial Stress Reduction® Coach and the author of The Wealthy Spirit, Zero to Zillionaire, and From Worry to Wealthy. She is one of Marci Shimoff's “Happy 100” in her NYT bestseller Happy for No Reason and contributed stories to Jack Canfield’s books You’ve Got to Read This Book! and Life Lessons from Chicken Soup for the Soul. Past president of the LA Chapter NAWBO, she was "Most Inspirational Speaker" by Women in Management and "Speaker of the Year" by the Association of Women Entrepreneurs. She does daily inspirational videos in The Wealthy Spirit Group on Facebook.

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