I just won $50 million but need to top up my retirement fund...read on...what a bunch of scum bags
the advice from financial gurus for anyone who strikes it rich in Friday night's lottery.
A record $105 million in prize money is on the line - the $50 million Lotto Max jackpot and 55 separate $1 million Maxmillion draws.
Adrian Mastracci, portfolio manager at KCM Wealth Management, says it's easy for instant millionaires to let money slip through their fingers.
The Internet is rife with stories of big jackpot winners who went broke by gambling, going on wild spending sprees or giving away their winnings. Some have even been murdered.
Lottery winners need a solid financial plan to decide what to do with their new-found wealth, Mastracci said from his Vancouver office.
"One of the first things to do is maybe (go on) that holiday you haven't had in awhile," he said.
"After that you might do something for a family member. Maybe there is a loan that needs paying. Perhaps there's a little charitable donation that you can make."
The RRSP and Tax-Free Savings Account may need topping up, he said. He also recommends putting money into a long-term portfolio for retirement.
Put the rest of the money aside for several months, he said, so there's enough time to figure out a game plan with the help of a financial adviser, accountant and lawyer.
Don McNay, a syndicated columnist and author of "Son of a Son of a Gambler: Winners, Losers and What to Do When You Win the Lottery" likens a lottery win to starting a business.
"You want to have a clear structure in place before you go forward," McNay said from Lexington, Ky.
"Ninety per cent of people who get the lottery will dissipate all the money within five years or less. Four years is actually the average."
Family and friends borrowing money are a problem, he said. Change in lifestyle is another, with new millionaires funding trips and other expenses so friends can join in.
"The fact that the money came quickly and you weren't expecting it, it tends to go out very quickly as well," he said.
McNay stresses it's important to find a financial adviser who has worked with more money than the lottery winner is pocketing.
"If you win $50 million tonight, I'd like you to have someone who's worked with $100 million," he said.