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(WITH VID) How Lottery Winners Spend Their Millions

What would you do with your millions?/Google ImagesWhat would you do with your millions?/Google ImagesTUESDAY night's Mega Millions drawing could result in a USD636 million windfall for a lucky winner. Besides buying a new house or going on a cruise, USA Today Network looks at a few other ways past lottery winners spent their newfound fortunes:

Fix school's leaky roof

Gloria MacKenzie won a USD590.5 million jackpot in June, the largest single-winner Powerball prize. She donated USD2 million of the pre-tax USD370.8 million lump-sum payment she received to fix the leaky roof of Schenck High School in East Millinocket, Maine, where her children attended school and her daughter has taught for 39 years.

Wrestling TV show

In 2008, Jay Vargas became the youngest Powerball winner at age 19. After opting for a USD17 million payout, Vargas combined his two loves — beautiful women and wrestling — to create the TV show Wrestlicious.

Water park

John Kutey donated USD250,000 to build a water park — Spray Park — in Green Island, N.Y. Kutey was one of seven employees at the New York State Homes and Community Renewal in Albany who shared a USD319 million Mega Millions jackpot in 2011, The (Albany) Times Union reports.

Marijuana legalisation

Canadian Bob Erb donated USD1 million of his USD25 million winnings toward 420 Day, an annual event advocating marijuana legalisation. Erb ran for office in 2001 as a member of the B.C. Marijuana Party, according to The Huffington Post.






- USA Today

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