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Author's Note: 10 Most Spectacular Lottery Burnouts

"If I won the lottery, I'd still work." It's a refrain I read countless times while researching this article (what people decide to do with extra money is fascinating!) and I'm sure the sentiment was most sincere at the time it was uttered. It didn't take long, though, and most soon-to-be-flat-broke lottery winners were ready for their pink slips. The winners who held on to their money seemed to hold on to their work ethic, too, parsing out their good fortune according to a budget and planning for the long-term. Would I keep working? You bet I would. But just to be safe, ask me again when I win.

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