10. Do not think about giving your new fortune away immediately.
Many lottery winners and others who become filthy rich fall into the trap of thinking that they need to immediately share their newfound wealth with society. It may seem nice to give away vast amounts of cash to charity or to religious institutions. This might not be the case for everyone, but giving away an entire fortune or a large part of it to a charity or to religious institution needs to be given great consideration.
Imagine that you give away that fortunate and a serious crisis arises in your life or your family’s life. You simply gave away all financial means to change it. There are ways that you can be quite generous without doing the unthinkable. Rather than giving everything away now, the current charitable trend of the extremely wealthy is to plan for how to give the money away upon death. This allows you to divvy up what you want to give back to society and decide what you want to leave for heirs.
Should you be charitable? Absolutely! Should you give it all away? Absolutely not!
11. Do not get athlete or celebrity envy.
Many movie stars, entertainers and athletes live a life of luxury. Lottery money gives a winner the chance to live a life of luxury up with the lucky few. This privilege comes with pitfalls that can make them go broke. Keeping up with the Joneses is bad enough. Trying to keep up with celebrities is a recipe for disaster.
It may seem cool to own a 200-foot yacht, or perhaps to have an entourage or maybe a film crew following you around. It may seem cool owning castles in Europe. Owning an original Picasso painting sure sounds impressive. Having a big new private jet makes sense for a lot of people. Now go add up the price tags of these things, plus the cool cars and houses and the rest of it. You can go broke really quickly. Just ask actors and athletes who did this how they feel now.
Trying to dodge taxes might even sound appealing to misguided people. Before you do this, think about how many athletes and celebrities who have gone broke over tax dodging, and some even went to prison.
12. Do not think the laws or decency standards no longer apply.
There are some people who believe that the rich can do whatever they want without consequences. It is true that the wealthier you get, the more high-class trouble you can find. It is also true that the rich can afford better attorneys and a better legal defense than the rest of us. Still, living a reckless life without concerns about the law will not keep you from going to prison, or worse. A good sports coach will tell any star athlete upfront that chances are high they will have to be human for far longer than they are going to stars.
It is quite frequent that movies and television shows glamorize scoundrels. The reality in life is that fictional scoundrels would be scoundrels in real life. What good would it do you if you are incredibly wealthy and such a pariah that no one will associate with you? Remember, you don’t get to take any of your wealth with you.