Oh, Wait, I Meant to ask, When did you get a Big Cash Windfall?

Ah, one more related question, which will probably be a bit less funny but hopefully more informative.

I've won five halloween costume contests and been paid out for two car insurance settlements. Only two of the costume contests actually involved cash, which I blew at Fry's Electronics and on Christmas presents. The first car insurance settlement covered about 70% of a new(er) car, and the cash from a second settlement is probably going to be spent on a minivan.

When did you get a big cash windfall? Have any of these things happened to you?

  • Won the lottery
  • Got a lawsuit settlement check
  • Inherited money
  • Received a performance bonus at work
  • Won a halloween costume contest
  • Obtained an insurance settlement
  • Other Cash Windfall


The settlement for my car accident was $18,500. My car wasn't worth very much, but my arm was injured, so I got money for my hospital bill plus pain and suffering.

Noel P.
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 1:11 am

I inherited $16,000 from my grandmother's estate when I was 16. This was in 1980, so it was a pretty sizable chunk o cash. I got my hands on it when I was 18 and in college. I spent $8000 on recreational drugs and clothes and dinners out in less than 6 months. My mom basically took the rest of it away from me and invested it in real estate deal. That deal went bad, so I lost it.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 1:43 am

I found a dime on the floor at K-Mart today.

Kevin M.
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 1:45 am

I once won a radio flyer red wagon for writing an essay about why I loved a particular brand of cookie. Totally true story.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 2:51 am

I found $20 on the Sydney Harbour Bridge when I was a kid. School teacher took it away from me. Self-righteous so-and-so.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 2:53 am

An old sword I bought for $45 at a junk store turned out to be worth $2000, I sold it to pay for half of my new camera.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 3:16 am

When I was little and my mum would get those scratchie lottery tickets for her birthday, she'd give them to me and if I won anything I got to keep it. Once I won $50 and put it in a bank account as spending money for a trip to Disneyland, but we never ended up going and my hard-earned money got spent on a new driveway. It was a hell of a driveway, though.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 4:58 am

I have won the lottery (5/6 numbers, netted $1300) and recently inherited $50,000. I used the former for a vacation, used the latter to fix my house, get out of debt, and start a savings account. It's a year later and I still have no debt.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 5:35 am

I won $500K for my awesome trivia knowledge, from a company formerly known as goldpocket.com. No lie; I corresponded with Rob about this back when he was musing "why and how would someone sell an annuity for present cash value?" For everyone who now hates my anonymous ass: I am still pretty much broke.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 6:29 am

I won a $20 gift certificate to the pet store for a coloring contest.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 6:33 am

An idiot president that I didn't vote for thought that he could bribe my country twice by sending everybody money to try to make us forget about a stupid expensive war that he started. He'll be gone soon - but not soon enough - I'd rather have had a different president that didn't start wars and then try to bribe us.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 6:40 am

I invented skittles infused vodka and made millions on the internet!

Captain Morgan
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 7:13 am

I won Publisher's Clearing House! Actually, I won $100 from Publisher's Clearing House for being one of the first 100 losers who took the time to stick all the stickers on.

Tim (http://without-warning.blogspot.com)
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 7:22 am

I bought a house in Oregon in 2004 for $295,000 and sold it in 2006 for $370,000. I paid off lots of credit card debts and some student loans. Yay housing bubble!

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 7:23 am

I won $300 (Canadian) by placing second place in an international film contest.

David C.
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 7:40 am

I won a coloring contest at Carl's Jr. when I was a kid and got a years worth of Kid's meals

Name Wihdrawn
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 8:25 am

I don't think I've ever won any money. You know, they say "You can't win if you don't play." In my case this is definitely true.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 8:26 am

My mother in law recently loaned us $10,000 to finish our basement, but then told us a few months later that we didn't have to pay her back. That was pretty sweet.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 8:29 am

I got a $700 award at work. Twice (in different years). Oh, and when I went to Vegas I gambled $13 in slot machines and won $16, for a net profit of three bucks. That's right, I'm a real big spender. Look out!

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 8:37 am

I got double refunded when I returned a computer that did not work on arrival. ($1,000). The deal was that I had to return the computer, get a refund, and buy another. Stupid scheme, but it ended up working for me! Also got rear ended and got $2,000. Guess what, my car's backside is still smashed in, and I've got a 51" wide screen TV.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 8:41 am

i like to glue quarters on the sidewalk by my work and watch the homeless try to pick it up

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 9:02 am

I have on several occasions found a $20 bill in my winter jacket pocket when taking it out for the first time of the season. I don't care who you are, that always feels good. But then maybe I'm just really forgetful.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 9:24 am

Remember Nintendo Power magazine? When I was a kid I used to subscribe. I entered the drawing they held every month. One month I won the grand prize of 50 Super Nintendo games! Also I won a gameboy from a Cap'n Crunch cereal "find the real captain" sweepstakes. As a kid, this led me to believe that I was lucky. I am now 31 and have won nothing since. Guess I was wrong.

- Josh
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 9:27 am

I won second place in a beauty contest and collected $10.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 9:37 am

1) I once wrecked a car I'd paid $3,000 for and got $6,000 from the insurance company to replace it. 2) When I was a W2 contractor for a previous employer, I kept getting $2,000 bonuses every year because I kept my billable hours high. 3) My wife's grandmother died and left her $30,000, most of which we still have in savings.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 9:59 am

If you're going to have a baby, I suggest giving birth to him or her on New Year's Eve. My son was born December 31st and I received almost $7500 back in taxes for the year. Paid off my car and student loan balances.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 10:05 am

But My father and his siblings (two) are set to inherit at a minimum of $1 million (w/ bad market) thats post tax fees and smaller accounts for grandchildren. This is the info I have put together over time, I am happy b/c I worry about my parents future and retirement. In addition I have won a few hundred dollars from gambling.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 10:27 am

After explaining to my wife why 97.5% payout in Vegas was their way of telling you that you should expect to lose money, I put exactly .25 in a slot machine. I won $1.25. I told her that unlike most people leaving the casino, I'm actually up on my money. Moral of the story: statistics can suck it, 'cause I beat them. Take that unseen forces of chance.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 10:28 am

I inherited over a million bucks from my uncle. (which explains why i'm sitting here on the comp. at 11:30 am in my robe, drinking a Bud)

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 10:33 am

Won a million dollars by rolling seventy-seven sevens in a row at a Las Vegas casino. I bought my momma a car. I spent the rest on...PCP.

Grits 'n' Gravy
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 10:48 am

Every year that I've worked at my current job, I've recieved the perfect attendance bonus ($400 before taxes) One year I bought myself a new camera. Another year I bought an ipod. I always make sure I spend it on something I want, not bills or something boring like that! It's not much, but I worked hard all year for that!

Kate, NY
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 10:52 am

I once won 8 frozen chickens at a "Poultry Bingo and Pie Bake-Off". I was about 10-years-old. It was awesome.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 10:57 am

I received six $50 savings bonds from work back in the early 80s while I was in college, and then won a $25 bond from a summer job. I promptly filed them away and forgot about them until a month ago when I found them again. They'd long since matured, so I cashed them in at the bank. $600!!! All gone now to pay the credit cards.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 11:15 am

When cleaning out a safety deposit box, my dad discovered 2200 dollars in savings bonds that he had purchased through his workplace over 20 years ago. They were in my name, so he gave them to me. I spent it all on a sweet honeymoon with my wife.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 11:26 am

I once was in a drawing to win $1,000,000 for the state lottery. I got into the drawing by signing the back of a winning scratch-off ticket. I didn't win the big drawing, but everyone who was in it got $5,000. I spent it on a trip to Europe and a computer.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 11:31 am

Went on Jeopardy!. Won $24,000

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 11:39 am

I won $1000 worth of grocery gift certificates as a consolation prize at a car giveaway contest. You know, one of those "pick-a-key-out-of-this-here-box" things. My key of choice was not the winner, but I was one of 10 selected second prize winners. My wife and I actually used the certs for.... GROCERIES!!!

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 11:47 am

I won a dozen bagels at a boy scout raffle when I was 6 (I'm a female though, which rocked), then when I was 8 I won a huge stocking from Mutts and Butts filled with toys, and now that I'm 20 I'm trying to find a sugar daddy on the side... hey you never know.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 11:48 am

In primary school I won a 'citizen of the year award' because I was polite. They gave me a $50 savings bond which was forgotten about until last year when I was going through an old filing cabinet. Cashed the bond in for $700 unexpected dollars, which was promptly re-invested by Superwife as a CD.

Keyboard Stomper
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 11:51 am

My wonderful Grandma developed individual trusts for my mother, aunt, cousins, sister and (most importantly) me! The trusts became ours when she passed away a couple of years ago. I am presently worth a quarter of a million dollars and if all goes well, I hope to retire by the time I am 50. I put $35,000 down on my home, but I haven't touched the rest, nor do I intend to for some time

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 12:18 pm

I recently appeared on the dr. phil show with my wife, and we were given a free all inclusive vacation. The show airs May 19th for all who wish to watch.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 12:23 pm

I won a color the weather contest when I was 5, it was sponsored by a local TV station in WA State. I won a Happy Meal Birthday Party from McDonalds and my name and photo on the air. A few years later my Mom entered my name in a contest at a Hallmark store and I won a 3D (lifesize for a 7 year old) cardboard replica of the 3 little pigs' house.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 12:34 pm

I've gotten performance bonuses at work totalling $200,000 over the past year.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 12:36 pm

I found 20 dollars in my lane at K-Mart I won 32 dollars on a deal or no deal slot machine...came back with a 12 dollar profit! And I won 20 bucks on a 1 dollar scratch off once too. I just received 1000 dollar scholarship for being a dependent of a member of Automotive Recyclers of Minnesota. Not gonna lie, I'm pretty lucky

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 12:37 pm

I joined a small company near it's start-up and bought 10K worth of their stock. We grew and sold to a big company a few years later. I made 50K, less taxes. I put it in a money market account. I now have 52k there. I take cash out to buy a car every few years and pay myself back monthly at 3% interest. I treat it as any other loan. That fund makes me feel secure.

H.B. Armstrong
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 12:37 pm

I saw $105 on the floor of a busy restaurant in Roseville. Nobody else noticed it so I walked over, picked it up, and headed to my table. My girfriend and I had an awesome dinner that night!

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 12:48 pm

I used up all my luck in 1980 when I won a random radio station drawing for a full size Space Invaders arcade game. I kept it for a couple of years then sold it to an Arcade for $1500 and bought a huge (by today's standards) VHS video camera.

Mark J.
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 12:53 pm

I beat up this kid for his lunch money. best $5 ever

Billy the bully
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 1:11 pm

I got an inheritance from my Grandmother for $50,000 - biggest check I've ever seen with MY name on it. I used it to pay off all my debt (car, student loans, etc) I also lent some to help a friend do the same.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 1:26 pm

I found 60 bucks outside a pet store a few years ago. Bought dinner for my son and wife.

DJ Jazzy Jeff but not the Fresh Prince
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 1:34 pm

Over the years of working in San Francisco, I've found $73 in cash in the gutters. I hit the superfecta for the Derby in 2005 and walked with $130,000 after taxes. I recently inherited a chunk of change from my parent's estate. I sure am happy I decided to stay single and childless!

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 1:36 pm

I found £20 on the floor and then literally 30 seconds later I found out that I had won a draw to meet the author, Neil Gaiman. That was my whole year's luck bundled up into one happy minute. Oh, and when I was 10 I won a Michael Jackson t-shirt 4 sizes too big for me in a Pizza Hut competition.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 1:38 pm

I sold a house last year, just as the housing bubble was about to burst. Walked away with $70k after all the fees. We paid off all the bills, the wife's car, bought a newer used one for me (cash) and put 50k in the bank. Before that, the best I had done was $100 in the lottery a couple of times.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 1:38 pm

I won a sweepstakes from Real Simple magazine and got a check for $10,000 and 4 hours with a professional organizer.

Real Simple Fan
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 1:39 pm

pre dot com bust years we would get 20% bonuses at work. i never should have bought that lexus!

Pinto Pete
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 1:53 pm

I got some inheritance money from two dead grandparents and also some one rear-ended me last year. I got about 1000$ from that.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 2:20 pm

My in-laws bought my wife and I a huge house in a swanky neighborhood filled with custom homes. They have also given us large cash gifts and cars. We have no mortgage, but our income just barely covers the cost of living (property tax and bills). On paper we are "rich", but the reality is that we just scrape by...

Rich OnPaper
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 2:20 pm

I bought an electric guitar at a yard sale from a single mom across the street from our old house for $10. Turns out it was a genuine 1965 Fender Jazzmaster, and some guy in Texas bought it from me sight-unseen for $1000. I used that money to buy the sweet Ovation acoustic guitar I now use. Oh, and the single mom had moved by the time I figured out what I had, so I couldn't give her $

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 2:55 pm

Man! These are awesome stories! So many of these are so amazing! After 100, I'm kind of getting jealous!

Rob Cockerham
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 2:55 pm

I won ten dollars and a blue cup from a raffle they had at the grocery store. Also I placed third in a cake decorating contest and won fifty bucks.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 2:58 pm

When I was twelve, I found a dollar bill stuck under a rock, underwater, on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. I put it in the piggy bank I've yet to empty, ten years later.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 3:23 pm

About 2 months before my wife (then-fiancee) and I got married, her mom received an inheritance that had been tied up in probate for a few years. She paid for our wedding reception out of it. The, when my grandmother passed, my folks shared part of their inheritance with my brother and myself. My wife and I received enough to pay off both of our cars and still have a bit left over.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 3:29 pm

Oh, and thanks to being a single-income family with three children, the government happily pays us back every cent of federal taxes withheld throughout the year. It makes a nice little chunk for doing home or car repairs.

Palad again
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 3:30 pm

I sued a telemarketer and collected $1100. I used to work in an amusement park. In the span of two weeks, I found three $20 bills on the ground. That was back when the minimum wage was about $3, so it was quite a find.

Matt, Sacramento
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 3:32 pm

I won the space-lottery and was given $60 in prizes, the best of them being a used CD player.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 3:40 pm

I won $1,800 on one round of Keno early on the first night of a vacation in Vegas. That paid for all of my buffet and bar goodness for the rest of the trip and covered all of my inevitable losses during the other nights. I wound up with a $22 profit at the end, which I blew on crappy souveniers at the airport for my family.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 3:41 pm

I sold some gold jewelry that I am not wearing for almost $2k, I am going to the casino tomorrow and hopefully will turn some of it into more money. I bought a penthouse condo in 1995 for $90k, sold it in 2003 for $285k, used part of that to buy my first house, banked the rest. Have won big at church bingo a few times. Made $40k the day my company went IPO. Guess I am pretty lucky.

Smart in CT
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 3:45 pm

I won a NCAA Final Four pool in 2000, for a sweet $870. For that reason, I will forever be a Michigan State fan!

Doo Doo Berry
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 3:50 pm

I live in Canada, so every few months I get a GST (tax thinggie) from the government, I keep finding quarters in newspaper machines, I sold some stuff I got for free for like $98 on ebay, I won a T-shirt in grade one for drinking orange juice, I got a free T-shirt once for walking intoa health food store. there is more . . . but I forget them :)

Shannon of Canada
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 3:53 pm

I won $50,000 on a game show. Some will go towards credit card debt. Some will go towards a new kitchen. But the biggest chunk will go to the IRS for the privilege of having won $50,000!

Thom from NJ
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 4:11 pm

We were in Vegas; the girlfriend taught me how to play video blackjack in an attempt to break even while collecting on free drinks. You have to be at a terminal at the bar, I would suggest ordering beer. They can't water that down. Basically just play conservative blackjack while loading up on free drinks! Get tanked for 3 or 4 dollars! If you are lucky you can make just enough to cover the bartenders tip!

Bobby "The Ballsack" Neudstrom
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 4:39 pm

While driving a rental car, got hit by a woman talking on a cell phone. a) my personal vehicle sustained no damage; b) my personal vehicle insurance was unaffected; c) she was an idiot. Invested the $5,000 windfall in my 100-year-old house. Shall I tell you what my $69,000 house is worth now?? I see another windfall in my future...

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 4:42 pm

I was swimming in a local community pool one summer when i was about 13, found 5 bucks on the bottom of the pool, so i grabbed it and laid it out to dry with my stuff, jumped back in, and not 5 minutes later found 10 more dollars floating around the bottom. Not much of a "big cash windfall", but when you're 13 any money is big money. Same goes for when you're a poor college kid.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 4:47 pm

I finished in second place in an online stock-trading simulation game in 1999 or 2000. The winner got $5000 in airfare vouchers... I got a t-shirt. Extra large. I wear a Medium.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 5:13 pm

When I was 12 I won $50 and an american flag for an antenna playing bingo on July 4.

and bingo was his name-o
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 5:17 pm

I was the 7th grade state math champion of Wisconsin. I won a $100 savings bond. It matured when I was in college and I blew it all on something lame, I'm sure.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 5:51 pm

I got a $15,000 signing bonus when I changed jobs. I used the money to finish Dave Ramsey's baby steps: Emergency fund (check) Pay off all debt (I paid off my car loan) 3 to 6 months of expenses in savings (I topped off my savings to meet increasing costs) Invest 15% of income into IRA (check) College funding for kids (check) Pay off home early (started) Build wealth/give

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 5:53 pm

When my brother and I were 12 and 14, we dumped out all of the coins in my dad's big coin bottle, sorted and rolled all the coins, and got $500 each. Not bad for pocket change! I also won a Dell Axim x30 in a contest for some sort of online library (although they took so long to send it to me, I thought they were liars). I sold it 4 years later (parts/repair) for $75 when it broke.

Jen, NYC
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 5:55 pm

I "won" a coloring contest at a radio station when I was three. The prize was a Kitty Kat snowmobile - top speed: 8 mph! I sold it when I was seven and made $300 and started a savings fund that paid for my first car. I also recently won $11 dollars in the CA lotto! That's not a typo, eleven.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 6:13 pm

I won a billion dollars and the right to post a lie on cockeyed.com!

Liar Rat
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 6:14 pm

I entered into an adult website contest to sleep w/a pornstar on camera and won, along w/it came some of the proceeds of the DVD sales. The pronstar liked our on screen chemistry and used me as her partner for about ten adult films. I got about $2,000 per shoot and part of the DVD sales proceeds too. Total luck.

Skeet skeet skeet!
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 6:17 pm

This year the Feds owe me $650.

Chernoble Pastries
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 6:17 pm

In Canada, all tuition is tax deductible, and rolls over if not claimed. This my first year after university of working a "real" job, and I got 3700$ back in taxes. It all went to pay off student debt.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 6:37 pm

I got a $50 secret shopper bonus when I was working at a movie theater. I guess it's good to treat nice customers like they're people instead of scowling at everyone. The money went towards rent since I was only making $7 an hour at the time.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 6:38 pm

Tax return time. I put extra in the tax kitty to ensure that 1.) I don't have to fork over more money to the tax man 2.) I get a healthy return that I can spend(just bought a new TV!)

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 7:30 pm

When I was ten, I was an extra in "Lazarus Man" with Robert Ulrich. From one day of shooting, I made $1,000. Then, every couple months afterward, I'd get a royalty check for them re-airing the episode, which totaled about $65.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 7:40 pm

I work for a large financial services company and I earn $350,000 annually at the age of 31. I am not smarter or more talented than anyone else, but I worked hard and took advantage of the opportunities that came my way.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 7:45 pm

I won a lovely pair of hiking boots in a raffle at the touring Banff film festival. I had to yell "yahoo!" or something, which was a little embarrassing, but well worth it. I also won a snowboard in a raffle at snowboard camp, which I had paid for with the last of my savings because I had no desire to live. Oh, and I got a free legal education from USC. We'll see how far that gets me.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 8:17 pm

In May or June I'll be getting an $1800 "tax rebate" from our friendly Federal Government. Too bad our kids and grandkids have to pay it all back with interest, but I guess I'll be happy to take it.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 8:19 pm

"I once won 8 frozen chickens at a "Poultry Bingo and Pie Bake-Off". I was about 10-years-old. It was awesome." - It's so strange, I feel so sorry for this person yet I strangely want to be them. Also, I'm in love with C, and his/her $200,000 in bonuses. What do you do with them? Do you need any suggestions?

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 8:27 pm

I spent a little over 6 months working for a large firm as a financial planner. The mgmt did everything they could to help me NOT succeed. It was a horrible experience. Then....came the class action sexual discrimination suit. And I had kept EVERYTHING from my office, including written complaints regarding the treatment I was receiving from mgmt vs. my male coworkers: 6 mo = $36,000

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 8:36 pm

I anticipate collecting ~$50000 in tax-free scholarships over the two year period ending December 2008. Hard work in undergrad paid off.

And I still have a liver
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 8:40 pm

I once place a single penny in a slot machine at the Palms in Vegs and pulled out over $63.00, It's all about the return... Oh and when I was like five I got $200 for passing go like a hundred times...

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 9:00 pm

Rather than leave her 26 grandkids $2,000 each when she passes away, my awesome grandmother took us all on a cruise for her 85th birthday. She paid for our entire families. There were 83 of us total. Her 8 kids, 26 grandkids, wives, husbands and great grandkids. It was the best. My grandma has proven it. Leaving money behind is for fools. Instead, she left some awesome memories!

Calm Tom
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 9:49 pm

I married into money. My wife is worth $20 Million. I still work.

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 10:09 pm

I've had several windfalls. I lucked out and got a valuable domain name. I sold it a year later for $500. My wife has been raking in the dough with unexpected overtime at work. That's kind of a tough trade off, but the extra money is nice. My wife is also... well... a klutz. AFLAC rawks when you're a klutz. $800 for broken arm. $1200 for broken ankle. Even $200 for a cracked finger.

Trint in DFW
Tuesday 25th of March 2008 10:32 pm

I won $10 on a scratch off lottery ticket the other day (the ticket cost $10)

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 11:19 pm


Tuesday 25th of March 2008 11:22 pm

I won an iPod Shuffle with a code on a Slurpee cup. By the time the contest ended, Apple had stopped making the iPod Shuffle, so they sent me a $75 gift card to the Apple store. I gave it to my wife's aunt who had some money troubles so my niece could get an iPod for Christmas. Lessons: 1. Share the wealth when you can help out someone else in need 2. Drink Slurpees

Tuesday 25th of March 2008 11:33 pm

I received about $5000 when my grandma died in 2003, and I used it to pay for my tuition when I studied abroad in New Zealand... And I just won a new car on Saturday, so technically, it's not a "cash windfall", but when I have $300 in the bank and new student loans cropping up every year, winning a $25,000 car with taxes paid was pretty damn cool!

Wednesday 26th of March 2008 1:27 am

I won $50 USD in a middle school talent show last year, I was in sixth grade, and the majority of the 20 contestants were 8th graders. Awesome.

Alex Price
Wednesday 26th of March 2008 1:44 am

During the dotcom years my Silicon Valley roomate's exercised his million dollars worth of stock options. He kept the stock rather than selling, hoping to save a few percent in taxes. The stock declined and he had to sell most everything to pay his tax bill. He wound up with only $11k and a pink slip, and soon went to live with his sister when he was broke.

Wednesday 26th of March 2008 2:42 am

I was a starving student but I was in the right place at the right time when Skylab crashed to earth - while I took photos of it. I rushed to the local paper and 30 minutes later the photos were being faxed around the world by an AAP guy. I was published in many papers and in Time and Newsweek and they paid me a heap of money - thanks to a nice AAP guy who saw me right.

Wednesday 26th of March 2008 4:09 am

I inherited over @2,000,000 from my grandfather. I bought a cabin on a lake and put a modest addition on my house. The rest is invested because as a teacher in CT (We don't pay into Social Security) I'll get PENNIES when I retire. The best part about inheriting is that now I CHOOSE to work (same job) as opposed to NEED to. Makes a big diff. when faced with difficult students/parents.

Wednesday 26th of March 2008 5:33 am

I found ten dollars in the dryer at my apartment complex. (It paid for the laundry I was about to do.)I also just won a free ticket in the lottery. My windfalls are lame.

Wednesday 26th of March 2008 7:25 am

about $15000 from driving bad (aka insurance payouts from accidents). most of that money was spent paying my car insurance bill for the last 5 years (high risk insurance= high premiums). won $400 on one roll in Crapps while on a business trip in Green Bay. I was rolling 11s and 12s, and this high roller who won about 5k off of my rolling placed a $25 bet for me and i won on the next roll

Wednesday 26th of March 2008 7:45 am

I shall be getting a payout soon, after a woman driver knocked me down and broke my collar bone. I shall get a new bike out of the bargain, but not sure what £££

Wednesday 26th of March 2008 7:52 am

Never won money, but won a trip to the Cuervo Nation - free travel, lodging, booze and food in the British Virgin Islands...

Wednesday 26th of March 2008 8:01 am

I got a $50 savings bond for second place in a regional essay writing contest when I was like 10 or 11 years old. I recently cashed it out for like $43 many years later.

Captain Angry
Wednesday 26th of March 2008 8:45 am

This is why I never havee a windfall. Everyone else is getting there first. From now on I will get up BEFORE noon.

Wednesday 26th of March 2008 9:07 am

My parents socked away some college money for me back in the day. The investment tripled in value, while I was on a scholarship. After college I spent nearly a year travelling.

Wednesday 26th of March 2008 9:45 am

I won $500 from one of those instant -win enter your code on our website! product giveaways. I spent it all on an awesome spring break trip.

Wednesday 26th of March 2008 9:50 am

I got stock options worth $4000 from a job when I was 22. This was right after having my heart broken by a big-talker who didn't follow through on much. I used the money to get my pilot's license. Best way to heal a broken heart. This year's tax refund will go towards converting my diesel VW to run on veggie oil so I won't be contributing to the need for this awful war any longer.

Wednesday 26th of March 2008 11:12 am

But my biggest windfall was meeting my sweetie on match.com. Best $25 I ever spent. We're getting married this summer.

Annie again
Wednesday 26th of March 2008 11:13 am

in the parking lot of work i found a crumpled up scratch-n-win lotto ticket. i picked it up and it was a 5$ winner. I cashed it and bought a mtn dew and a slim jim

Ben from Virginia
Wednesday 26th of March 2008 11:14 am


Wednesday 26th of March 2008 11:15 am

At one of the McDonald Monopoly games, there was a instant win 13 inch tv at every store. I won one. It was a pink Disney tv, and I'm a dude.. So I gave it to my neice.

Won a Disney TV from McDonalds
Wednesday 26th of March 2008 11:25 am

I have 5 kids, 6 to 18, who I love to be with. They're great kids, pleasant, helpful, intelligent. I wouldn't trade them for any five of the best windfalls on this page.

Wednesday 26th of March 2008 11:32 am

my house burned down and i got $30,000 after paying it off. later that week, some guy crashed into a tree in my yard, dug a rut with his tires, and knocked down my mailbox. his insurance paid me $5000 for that. i also sold a car that month, moved onto campus and partied like a rockstar. i blew around $40,000 on drugs and alcohol and steak in just two semesters. the memories are priceless

Wednesday 26th of March 2008 11:42 am

I received $4000 from an insurance company after a house fire destroyed many of my posessions--at least the ones that couldnt be cleaned professionally. Not sure if that money covers the loss of my asphixiated cat as well...

Wednesday 26th of March 2008 12:20 pm

Buying a football at a Wal-mart. I place $20 on the counter. The cashier looks at it but doesn't take it, so I put it back in my wallet. Then, cashier gives me change for the $20 she hasn't taken and the ball; I didn't realize what had happened until a friend told me to count my money after we're in the parking lot. Guiltiest windfall of my life since I kept walking--20 years ago.

Cashier Lady, can you forgive me?
Wednesday 26th of March 2008 2:48 pm

My parents gave my wife and I $1000.00 on our wedding day & along with other cash we received that day, it paid for our honeymoon shopping. 3 months later, mom gave me a check for $3000.00 (a gift from an inheritance she received). I used the money for Christmas gifts for my wife and some Star Wars toys that I am collecting for my nephews.

Dr. Leo Spaceman
Wednesday 26th of March 2008 2:52 pm

Today I sold a car for $3300 and I owed $2435, so I made $865. woohoo! Now I have no car payment, so that's an extra $350 in my pocket each month. woohoo! I don't have to pay insurance on that car, so that saves me another $80 per month. woohoo! Everything's coming up Milhouse!

milhouse van houten
Wednesday 26th of March 2008 3:00 pm

Won $30 in gift certificates at the mall from a sixth grade spelling bee (first place), accordion lessons when I was 12, and $25 on a scratch card that was only $1.

Jen C.
Wednesday 26th of March 2008 4:04 pm

I sold a rubber band ball that was about ten inches tall on ebay. I got $59 for it, if you can believe that! And all the rubber bands came from my job, so the start up cost was minimal. I also made the entire thing at my desk at work so I didn't even have to use my own time to make it.

Tom P.
Wednesday 26th of March 2008 4:08 pm

I bought a house in 2001 for $90,000 and sold it in 2006 for $115,000. Also, about a year ago i took $80 out of ATM and the bank never took it out of my account...i think the ATM was broken.

Wednesday 26th of March 2008 4:31 pm

My friend gave me a quarter today.

Wednesday 26th of March 2008 5:51 pm

Student Loans, every semester...well, i guess the last one is coming next semester...sad

Wednesday 26th of March 2008 6:15 pm

I won an Ipaq pocket pc at a Microsoft conference and sold it for $400 on eBay.

Wednesday 26th of March 2008 6:44 pm

Lost on Jeopardy! Bought this laptop with the 3rd place cash.

Wednesday 26th of March 2008 7:47 pm

I entered a writers contests where the main prize was three hundred dollars. I lost. So I decided to mug the guy who won right after, seeing as it was night, and downtown, plus I had a knife. Sadly, I wasnt the only one with this idea, and not only failed at mugging the guy, I got mugged myself and lost twelve bucks in ones. So I went to go home and found a nickle on the ground.

Wednesday 26th of March 2008 7:54 pm

Just won a poster contest for a water colloquium yesterday. Received $100 dollaroos. Now planning to enter more poster contests as I am a poor college student.

Ambs the Great
Wednesday 26th of March 2008 8:46 pm

My mom won an all-expense paid trip to the Kentucky Derby, so my parents took a second honeymoon. I'm not sure how it happened, I think it was through some cable network. It was funny, because they announced it on-air, but we weren't watching. We ended up getting a phone call from some lady in the Midwest congratulating her for no reason. I heard they had fun. I wish it was cash.

Benjamin Suzume
Wednesday 26th of March 2008 9:21 pm

I won $700 on the slots in Vegas, took the money back to Canada and gave out US$100 bills for Christmas presents. Kept $300 and watched the US$ take a nosedive.

Gamblers Anon
Wednesday 26th of March 2008 10:45 pm

I quit smoking last year. That's $400+ a month I'm not spending.

Wednesday 26th of March 2008 10:50 pm

#1 I won an Apple Netwon using my older brother's name because I was not 18. Upon receiving said newton he explained taxes to me and said that I would need to pay taxes for receiving said gift. #2 Received a phone call one day from "KDWB!" a local radio station, who informed me that I had won. I screamed not realizing it was April 1st and that I hadn't entered.

Wednesday 26th of March 2008 11:19 pm

One time Best Buy was having a chain-wide clearance of several video games. Expensive video games were only $5-10. I bought a bunch and returned them to Wal-Mart. Got a DS for about $20. I'm a terrible person.

Awful person
Wednesday 26th of March 2008 11:22 pm

Well, while I have never won anything in the past, apparently my luck has changed as of late! I'm now popular amongst people who have access to the banking accounts of individuals who perished in terrible accidents overseas. If all goes well, I'll have well over $1 billion by the end of the month!

Wednesday 26th of March 2008 11:59 pm

After I turned 21, I went on a trip to Vegas with 3 friends. About 2hrs into the trip, I won a $500 "jackpot" on a 50 cent slot in Caeser's. Shortly thereafter I won another $150-175, I can't recall. I mentioned going to the strip club, but they complained of having no money to go so I gave each of them $100 and we went to Crazy Horse Too. I went home that night with no money left.

M&M, not the Real Slim Shady
Thursday 27th of March 2008 1:17 am

I fell 20 feet off of a roof while working. I got several checks from the insurance company over several months totaling nearly $10,000. We used that money to put a downpayment on a house. My Wife and kids got hit in our minivan by a passenger van full of kids from a school that ran a red light going over 50 MPH. Their insurance company paid us $75,000. Not worth the pain.

Zimba from Zimbabwe
Thursday 27th of March 2008 5:31 am

My husband got hit by a front end loader in a junyard while scavaging for parts for his 1983 VW jetta back in 2000. The front end loader hit his leg and dislocated it at the hip. He got about $40K after legal fees and medical costs. We used it to pay for one hell of a nice wedding. Shouldv'e saved it for a house, though. Didn't have enough $ till 2006 for that!

Thursday 27th of March 2008 8:02 am

I won a donut hole once. The invisible kind.

Timmy Mezzy
Thursday 27th of March 2008 9:11 am

I won several thousand dollars in college scholarships by writing clever essays

Thursday 27th of March 2008 1:27 pm

Both my daughters set up leprechaun traps on St. Patrick’s Day. After they went to bed, I wrote them each a note from the leprechaun saying, “Nice try, but you can’t catch me.” I wanted to leave them some money, too, from the leprechaun, but all I had were two $20 dollar bills. It was more than I wanted to give them, but they each got a $20. So it was a windfall for them.

John O'Goldstein
Thursday 27th of March 2008 1:50 pm

Haven't gotten it yet, but I had a relative in Nigeria that had 10.2M US$ for me. I just have to give his lawyer access to my bank account...money should be mine within days!

Thursday 27th of March 2008 4:07 pm

My grandmother left my a qurater of a million dollars when she died that I am using to pay my (super expensive) college tuition. Not only will I get a better college education out of this money, but the college education will help me get a better paying job in the future. Education: the gift that keeps on giving!

Thursday 27th of March 2008 4:47 pm

I bought an old dell laptop on ebay for 100 dollars. It caught fire and burned me so I called dell, an long story short they sent me a fully equipped D630 ($2000) so I wouldn't sue over a tiny first degree burn.

Thursday 27th of March 2008 7:31 pm

I won 50 bucks for winning 2nd place at a cake decorating contest at my off-campus school where I take Baking and Catering. It was a lemon cake covered in sunflowers might I add.

Thursday 27th of March 2008 7:36 pm

I won a big jar of candy corn when I was in kindergarten for guessing the closest to how many there were in the jar. There may also have been a copy of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom involved.

Thursday 27th of March 2008 7:37 pm

about 80k from my mother's death benefit when she helped her then boyfriend crash a helicopter in Maury County, TN (in 1992, if you need more details)

Thursday 27th of March 2008 9:06 pm

I fell in a fountain one time.

Friday 28th of March 2008 4:59 am

various times I have found $1,5,10,20 bills on the ground, won a flat screen tv from a work contest (missed free health insurance for a year!!!),light rearend hit with ex-wife in car- got a queen size bed from cash, 2nd wife & I found an autographed playbill mag from org broadway "sound of music" at yard sale for 25¢ and sold it for $30 (missing Mary Martlins sig-if it had it worth $$$$$

Friday 28th of March 2008 11:52 am

We were at a home show once and told two separate financial advisers running raffles looking for leads that we had just come into some money from an inheritance. We won both raffles! One was $100, the other was a gift basket full of goodies. The catch was we had to meet with the advisers to pick up the winnings.

Opportunity Knox
Friday 28th of March 2008 4:09 pm

My spouse and I got married in a civil ceremony 6 months early so we could file our taxes as Married instead of Single. Net gain: over $6000.

happily married
Friday 28th of March 2008 4:48 pm

Just after high school I was rear-ended and the insurance company paid me a lousy $1500 for my Buick Skyhawk which was totalled. I blew the money on a then-badass home stereo system.

Friday 28th of March 2008 6:02 pm

I won $1600 on a $15 bet in Vegas playing Let-it-Ride. Also made $35,000 selling a house I only owned for 2 years.

Friday 28th of March 2008 6:05 pm

I found a $100 bill on the street. I felt sad that I found more in one swoop than my father, a notorious searcher for loose change, had found in his entire life.

Jonathan the Bellboy
Friday 28th of March 2008 7:40 pm

I inherited $183,742.99 from my grandparents when I was 32. I put the money in mutual funds for a year and used the full amount of the principal for a large down payment on a home. With the interest the money had made that year I bought laser hair removal and liposuction.

True Story!
Friday 28th of March 2008 10:51 pm

I inherited $50k from a Grandma when I was 14, but she didn't leave any to the rest of my family. My mom was pretty sour about it, and said that since I had the $50k, they were not going to pay for college. Because of the $ and my parent's hefty income, I got no financial aid. Compare this to my sister, who my parents paid all her college costs. So I ended up about $15k behind.

Thanks, Grandma.
Friday 28th of March 2008 11:09 pm

When we were vacationing in Mexico, we got paid $300 for listening to a timeshare offer for 90 minutes. Actually, the sales pitch was only 60 minutes, but for the next 30 we just kept on saying "no" a couple dozen times. The cash pretty much covered all the spending money needs for the trip.

Friday 28th of March 2008 11:20 pm

1. I won $1500 and a t-shirt for a radio contest. I spent 22 days on a school bus. Without a shower. This was second place (the winner got $10,000) 2. I was the 8th grade spelling bee champion and won $40 gift certificate to the mall 3. I won a t-shirt at the independent movie theater for being the 25th student on student night

Friday 28th of March 2008 11:41 pm

In fifth grade, I sold the most coupon books in a school fund-raiser in the entire school. My first-place reward was a shiny new gameboy! But, in reality, it was my mom selling the useless books at her job for me.

Lazy fifth grader
Saturday 29th of March 2008 3:17 am

when i was 4, i came closest to guessing the weight of a massive pumpkin at a public park's halloween event. And thats how i won a 400lb pumpkin. it lasted about two weeks on the front stoop before it got kicked in.

Saturday 29th of March 2008 9:54 am

I won a canoe race and the prize was a canoe! I sold it for $900 because I already had a canoe.

Saturday 29th of March 2008 4:43 pm

I got $400 from the Albertan Provincial Government for being a resident of Alberta. I spent it on photography equipment and video games.

Saturday 29th of March 2008 8:44 pm

A 16 year old smashed up my car when she was drunk and in dad's company car, so needless to say her insurance company was dragging their feet about settling up. After two months I got tired of calling myself, so I enlisted my then boyfriend (now husband) to call on my behalf. They thought he was a lawyer and doubled what my car was worth in the settlement I received a week later.

Like Snick's comment, even if it ain't true
Saturday 29th of March 2008 9:31 pm

Almost daily, I find some lint in my belly button. Really!!!

Saturday 29th of March 2008 10:02 pm

...oh, and I'm making a large ball with it.

Saturday 29th of March 2008 10:03 pm

I filled out my tax return wrong, but after reviewing found that changing box 12b = $3500 for me!

Saturday 29th of March 2008 10:18 pm

I won a drum set at a raffle with Lemmy of Motorhead at an in store appearance at House Of Guitars in Rochester NY. I didn't play drums, so I traded it for a mini-bike with a a lawn mower engine and no brakes. Lemmy would be proud.

Sunday 30th of March 2008 12:04 am

I had 5 of 6 numbers in a 23mil lottery (only won about 1500 bucks) and about two weeks later won 1008 dollars from a local radio station. I don't suck.

Sunday 30th of March 2008 2:32 am

oh yeah, also i won $5000 on a scratch ticket in the lottery. i spent all of it on a week in new york city.

Sunday 30th of March 2008 2:35 am

When I was in middle school I got almost $20,000 as a settlement from a car accident that I was a passenger in. After I turned 19 and actually got the money it ended up just being a good chunk of a down payment for a house... so it pretty much just disappeared down the same black hole all my money goes now. Being an adult sucks!

A disenchanted grown-up
Sunday 30th of March 2008 3:17 am

When I was working at Staples, we used to have contests for selling products or taking training surveys online. I walked away with a Palm 505C (I think, I traded it in for a Sony CLIE), a Netgear 54G router, a Netgear 108G router, a Netgear draft N router (I know, Netgear fucking rocks!) and an XBOX 360 that I sold to a friend for cost. I have also won some money on the tables in AC.

Sunday 30th of March 2008 11:08 am

Oh, and I had a Lexmark printer that I got for selling the most printers in a month.

Sunday 30th of March 2008 11:09 am

My parents are farmers and at the anual meeting for the milk co-op I won bull sperm!

Sunday 30th of March 2008 5:56 pm

Bought a domain dot com for $9.99 four years ago. Sold it last month for $5,000. Started my ad agency 2 years ago for nothing, now grossing $100K this year. Wrote a movie pitch that's getting optioned by a studio house for $50K. And I donated $5k last year to my favorite charities.

ANDY! from Sacramento
Sunday 30th of March 2008 7:44 pm

1999 tech boom, I was offered $25,000 as a retention bonus for not leaving a tech job after some layoff's. After staying 12 months I got the payout. After taxes, really was not that exciting, marked the decline in money's importance to me (as long as I still have to work and can't be retired).

Sunday 30th of March 2008 10:01 pm

I won a new Ford Ranger by "guessing" how many Dairy Queen hot dog boxes were in the bed area. My guessing strategy involved measuring an identical truck, obtaining about 20 hot dog boxes, and determining how many boxes were in a cubic foot. I hit the number exactly, sold the truck, paid off bills.

Jeff B.
Monday 31st of March 2008 12:16 pm

I got let go from a job after almost 10 years and got 13 weeks' severance, about $13,000 after taxes, plus paid out for accrued vacation, etc. Got a contracting job for almost double the pay 5 weeks later! I cannot account for where the money went, but I wasn't too stressed around Christmas.

Monday 31st of March 2008 12:18 pm

I wrote a program to play an internet game while I slept. I won $2040.00. My dad told me to get a job, he didn't care I already made more than I did all summer. I spent it on a trip to mexico.

Monday 31st of March 2008 1:41 pm


Monday 31st of March 2008 4:34 pm

I have taken over all of the banks in the universe. I am the Queen of Everything! BOW BEFORE ME, YOU SLOVENLY FOOLS!!!!!!!!!!! MWAAA HAA HAA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!

Hilary Clinton
Monday 31st of March 2008 9:01 pm

I sold my part of a family business for $30,000 and paid off $25,000 in debt. Feels good, hopefully I dont get myself back into that hole again....

Monday 31st of March 2008 9:39 pm

I went on a business trip and only spent a little on food. The mileage and per-diem CASH WINDFALL was amazing! I bought an anniversary gift for my wife.

Tuesday 01st of April 2008 7:57 am

My grandfather used to hand me and my two cousins each a $5 scratch-off lottery ticket on Christmas Eve every year. One year I won $1,000 and used it to pay for a trip to Washington, DC. Nobody else ever won anything.

Tuesday 01st of April 2008 4:58 pm

My mom and I were in the mall and my eagle eye spotted some paper currency on the ground. I thought, "Hey, maybe it's a dollar. Or maybe even five!" It turned out to be a hundred dollar bill! We gave it to the lady at the counter and she said if no one had claimed it by the end of the day then we could have it - no one did, so we took the money and had ourselves a nice seafood dinner.

Tuesday 01st of April 2008 6:26 pm

I won a random bag of crap from Woot! Well, I guess "won" isn't accurate since I had to pay for it...

George W. Bush
Tuesday 01st of April 2008 8:21 pm

$60,000 from my grandfather's estate when he died in 2005. I paid off my student loan, bought a Prius, invested a chunk of the money, and am dipping into what's left over to help get me through grad school.

Wednesday 02nd of April 2008 8:16 am


Wednesday 02nd of April 2008 8:53 am

Wednesday 02nd of April 2008 9:27 am

I lost a makeover contest for fugly chicks recently (you would think I'd be happy but I wanted those shoes...) but all is not lost- I have a T Shirt and Prize Mug in the post so whoopadeeedooooo!!!

Wednesday 02nd of April 2008 4:25 pm

1.$2500 for college tuition for winning a Bridge competition when I was 12.Went to cash it in years later and the company had already cashed it in for themselves.Jerks. 2.In vegas my friend payed me back $5 i lent him the night before. Turned into $30 on video poker, grew to $160 at roulette, lost it all at blackjack:( 3.Crummy roommate moved out and left a quarterpound of weed behind.

Donny Dynamite
Wednesday 02nd of April 2008 6:37 pm

i won 10$ in a earth day conservation poster contest when i was a kid, won a baseball bat as a door prize at a baseball seminar thing, and i won a sudoku game for my cell phone from mcdonalds during the monopoly game last year. i would like to win money next. a lot of it.

Wednesday 02nd of April 2008 8:12 pm

Won $200 in a pinball tournament on my bithday 3 years ago. Covered fuel and a bit of the accommodation (it was an interstate weekend trip)

short term wizard
Wednesday 02nd of April 2008 9:13 pm

I got a sponsor for my web site (which I had basically just been doing for fun before). They paid me $1200 to put some links to their site up for a year. I'm a sell-out corporate whore, but I'm a sell-out corporate whore with plane tickets to visit my family in America.

Thursday 03rd of April 2008 12:07 pm

Inherited $13000 when my moms boyfriend died, would rather have him than the money. My post card was drawn out of thousands that entered a contest for a free M.A.S.H party after the show ended. Included booze, food, t-shirts, etc. Won, and lost, thousands in slot machines at the Indians' casinos.

Pam in CT
Thursday 03rd of April 2008 12:44 pm

I won a vibrator in a drawing at the opening of a female-friendly sex toy store, and I won a small pick-axe tool from the community gardening organization. Both were very handy.

Thursday 03rd of April 2008 4:55 pm

I recently won a lawsuit and received $40K.

Very Happy
Thursday 03rd of April 2008 11:52 pm


Friday 04th of April 2008 10:47 am

I found some "interesting" pictures of my boss and the secretary while going through his desk after work. Now he pays me some $$$ every month not to give the pics to his wife. I'm also sure I'll never get fired!

Your Asshole Coworker - maybe
Friday 04th of April 2008 11:07 am

won the door prize of a free pair of ski's at a ski movie. broke them that following winter and the got another new pair on warranty. (Retail Value of two pair about $850)

go big or go home
Friday 04th of April 2008 4:18 pm

never won nuthin

Sammy Five Aces
Friday 04th of April 2008 10:07 pm

I was fretting over how to fund that last $13K of nursing school, when my wife's wealthy aunt dropped by the house and told me that she would pay for it, out of the kindness of her heart!

Saturday 05th of April 2008 5:08 pm

My parents won the lotto a few years ago (MILLIONS!!). My siblings and I thought our lives would never be the same but my parents are pretty sane. The only thing that changed is now I have a choice to visit my parents when they are at their beach house or the house I grew up in. I haven't seen any money but if I stay on their good side I have a trust...

Whatever my parents want to call me
Saturday 05th of April 2008 7:54 pm

I'm not a big gambler but my first time in Las Vegas (age 22), I wandered the casino with $2 in nickels. In one hour I cashed in $10 in nickels. Since that time (20 years) I've spent about $20 and haven't won a damn thing.

Saturday 05th of April 2008 9:45 pm

On my 18th birthday I bought a $1 lotto scratcher and won $100. I also won $100 calling into a radio station. I have absolutely no recollection as to where the money was spent. Any ideas on where to add some zero's to my next windfall?

Tyler J.
Sunday 06th of April 2008 5:11 am

I sold an empty keg that I stole from a bar one night (and carried ten blocks) for $50 on Craigslist last week. Also, since turning 21 a year ago I have played craps once with a friend in Reno and twice with my father in Vegas. Each time, while rolling, I've netted over $1000 while my friend made about $300 and my father pulled in about $5000. The money is in odds bets.

Sunday 06th of April 2008 1:22 pm

Free subway subs for life

Monday 07th of April 2008 7:49 am

I won $99 from a $1 scratch off. I took it back in to the store and every so quietly handed it over to the teller. She ran it through and by her loud remarks you would of thought I made off with millions. Normally I wouldn't of minded this except it was in one of those areas of town you do not want to be in. I made a mad dash to the car with some guy trying to bum a few dollars for a 40

Monday 07th of April 2008 3:47 pm

In 1979 Woolworth's was holding an Atari Space Invaders contest. I came in 1st place and won a $100 gift certificate. I spent it all on record albums.

Tuesday 08th of April 2008 12:13 pm

low cost auto insurance
Tuesday 08th of April 2008 4:24 pm

When I was about 8, my mom and I went shopping for used skates. The skatemonger threw in a kielbasa, a bag of wild rice and a coffee mug. My mom cooked up the rice and let me have the rest. I remember being quite stoked. I even remember that the mug had a picture of a quail on it, that it was my favourite, and that I drank from it exclusively until it went the way of all mugs - broken.

Tuesday 08th of April 2008 6:53 pm

strike one: won some cash & decided to spend it on cosmetic surgery, but saline implants shifted a little. am now in possession of a lumpy, wretched-looking penis that resembles an unhappy python trying to cough up a couple of dead mice. strike two: girlfriend INSISTS it remains on my side of the bed until I get it fixed.

why does my girlfriend sleeps with all of her clothes on
Wednesday 09th of April 2008 7:06 am

i won a case of lemon lime powerade at a minor league baseball game. i was 8. best day of my life.

Wednesday 09th of April 2008 12:23 pm

I found a 60 gig IPOD while I was climbing Mt. Fuji 2 years ago, it was when the 60 gig had just been released and cost about 400 dollars. I was pretty happy!!

Wednesday 09th of April 2008 9:05 pm

I lost a 60 gig IPOD on Mt Fuji 2 years ago.

Thursday 10th of April 2008 8:24 am

I won $50 and a hot air balloon ride yesterday morning

Thursday 10th of April 2008 10:28 pm

I find about thirty cents a week in front of the cash registers. Not really a windfall, but I always have exact change!

Friday 11th of April 2008 5:38 am

My 4yo daughter won $25 certificate in the Ft Monroe egg splash. She found the magic numbered plastic eggs from the thousands that they dumped in an indoor pool. You can only use the money for pool expenses. It gave us a $25 discount on the $100 family pool pass.

Friday 11th of April 2008 1:44 pm

I won $20 on the lottery this week. Ticket cost $20 so I guess I broke even

Friday 11th of April 2008 5:03 pm

I won $20 on the lottery this week. Ticket cost $20 so I guess I broke even

Friday 11th of April 2008 5:04 pm

I won a week's worth of income from a local radio station.... it was very nice thank you Froggy 99.9

Sunday 13th of April 2008 2:01 am

I money! (Seriously, I do)

Thursday 17th of April 2008 4:07 am

I got $6,700 from Google for having a few links on my web pages. http://velcroman98.googlepages.com/google

Thursday 17th of April 2008 11:18 am

My roommate left all his crap furniture with me when he moved out. I sold the bumper pool table on ebay for $780 (in 1999) and donated the couch to Goodwill for a tax deduction.

Thursday 17th of April 2008 2:36 pm

Once, while ice skating, I snagged a wad of cash from the surface. It paid for my skate rental, and a bite to eat later. Not too long ago, I pocketed a parking lot twenty.

Thursday 17th of April 2008 6:32 pm

I teach at a small high school and keep a glass jar with a slit in the lid in my classroom. Any money anyone finds on the floor goes in it by tradition, then we give it away to charity. Last time it totaled $56.23. Found. In six months. On the floor, people.

Miss Ward
Thursday 17th of April 2008 9:07 pm

I won a mountain bike in an eighth grade raffle, I've been using it for ages. It was stolen last night! Easy come, easy go.

U-locks don't work
Friday 18th of April 2008 1:21 am

I got a new job at a company during what turned out to be a banner year for them, and almost everyone got a bonus. I'd never gotten a bonus before, and mine was $1,200. I used half to pay off credit card debt and half to buy a drum set that I could play in my apartment (mesh heads and rubber cymbals, almost noiseless). That was 8 years ago; I still play it almost every day!

Friday 18th of April 2008 9:54 am

I got sent on an expatriate contract to work in the US for 6 months; $100/day per diem, 25% cash bonus on weekly pay, free housing and free car. Pretty sweet deal. Traveling back and forth in business-class between Europe and the US I've made 100+k frequent flier miles that will get me a first class vacation trip to Hawaii

Saturday 19th of April 2008 7:09 pm

When I was 16 I found $2,000 in a paper bag in the middle of an empty lot. So dodgy. I took it home and bought a better computer. Now I am 26. My fiance and I started a games and hobby store. We started with a $10k investment, put in 5 years work (and took home $60k a year as salary that entire time). We just sold it for $185k, which is AWESOME.

anna banana
Monday 21st of April 2008 12:37 am

Bought the flat above me to rent out and then the top floor flat 18 months later to rent out also. Spent 6 years completely skint, paying the difference between rent and mortgage, then sold all three in 2007 for £690000 ($1250000) clearing £255000 ($460000) profit after tax. So now have no mortgage, no debt and £65000 ($115000) in the bank.

Rob Pellow
Monday 21st of April 2008 3:45 pm

I inherited $80,000 of Exxon stock when my grandmother died, and I'll probably inherit a lot more when my great aunt dies. That great aunt has also set up a $90,000 dollar trust fund for me. That together will almost be enough to pay for college.

Monday 21st of April 2008 11:08 pm

I didn't get paid for about a month, then got $850 in one go. No apology. Then it happened again about 6 months later. Again, no apology. Just "here's your money". Yeah thanks!

Tuesday 22nd of April 2008 1:09 am

1) Make friend. 2) Borrow money. 3) Never pay them back. 4) Repeat.

Tuesday 22nd of April 2008 1:16 am

I came up with my own totally original operating system and forced it on the world through dodgy business practices. If any competitors threaten my stranglehold on the market I buy them out! Now I have more money than God.

B. Gates
Tuesday 22nd of April 2008 1:18 am

I found about $60 in this fountain at the War Memorial this one time. People were just throwing it in there!

I. P. Freely
Tuesday 22nd of April 2008 1:26 am

I won a nice piece of carry-on luggage at the office X-mas party worth about $400, and also recently won the office NCAA pool for $217 for lazily picking all the No. 1 seeds to make the Final Four. And for being a KU alum.

Wednesday 23rd of April 2008 1:13 pm

I was playing BlackJack in Reno, NV and had just won $800 on a lucky/stupid play (mm, free beer) when my name was drawn out of the drum for a five person slot tourney, I didn't take my first choice machine (which of course won $2000) but my second choice machine got me $500.

Sunday 27th of April 2008 3:00 am

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