Congratulations to the Winners of the Mega Millions Jackpot!


Dear winners of the $640,000,000 Mega Millions jackpot,

Congratulations!  For now, you are some of the richest people in Maryland, Illinois, Kansas, and the country.
  • You can do the kind of work you love now.
  • You don’t have to listen to discouraging people who doubt you.
  • You can pursue your life goals.
  • You can give money to worthy causes.
  • You can start your own business.

The world is full of possibilities!

Unfortunately, you didn’t need to win the Mega Millions lottery for these opportunities.  These doors opened a long time ago for you.

I was sad today to see the excitement in the eyes of those who bought tickets.  The fire was burning.

“Oh, what if I win!”


It makes me sad because so many people quit their dreams early and live for moments like these, chances to open new doors, do work they love, and help people.

Help yourself today.  Pretend like you won the Mega Millions lottery.  Walk through the doors that are open.  Do work you’re passionate about.  Give back.  Start a business.

Ignore the doubters.

Let’s act like we won tonight,


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Published by Aaron Biebert

I'm a director, film/video exec producer, leader & 8pm Warrior. I am passionately chasing my goals at all times. I'm listening. Let's talk!

15 comments on “Congratulations to the Winners of the Mega Millions Jackpot!”

  1. Hey Aaron,
    I’ve never played the lottery before…it has been tempting lately.
    I figure if I’m not using my gifts and talents with the tools that are at my disposal, I won’t use them with money thrown at me either.
    I think people believe they’ll do more when they have more. I find the inverse to be true.
    The hard work applied to opening doors, the struggles to overcome obstacles and to fight for what you want, is an indication of commitment.
    “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” makes sense to me.
    Replace will with money and you quickly lose your way. Me personally, I have to find my own way, wearing out everything in me working towards a goal.
    When I danced I noticed two free things that dancers consistently overlooked: gravity and the floor. Instead of concentrating on my leg being thrown in the air, I made my foot work hard pushing against the floor, strengthening many leg muscles in a single move. And instead of letting it fall back down I pulled it down against gravity, strengthening more muscles.
    There’s always more to do before you need a lot of money!

    1. Hey Betsy, I did buy a $5 ticket for the Attention Era group Facebook page, but that was my first time.  :-)

      I definitely don’t think the Lottery is a good idea.
      When looking back at past winners, two things are obvious:

      1) Winners don’t hold onto their new money very well
      2) It usually ruins their life.

      That is probably a similar situation to large inheritances (which is why I plan on giving away most of my money).  

      If you don’t earn it, you don’t treasure it.  You also probably don’t know how to use it.  I love your analogy with the dancers.
      Thanks for the great thoughts.  I love opening my email to see your brilliant comments all the time.


      1. I have a friend, Steve, who won 2.1 million 21 years ago.  He has done just fine.  There are a lot of myths about lottery winners, one of them is that “Most” end up going broke. The number is actually around 30%, still high, but not greater than half.

        Steve has gotten to know quite a few lottery winners and again, it isn’t accurate to say “usually”, as it implies a greater number than is actually true.  I think,   “sometimes” would be better.

        Your post is a good one and the theme is right on, but there are plenty of people who are responsible with their winnings.

  2. I put $3 on the lottery this time and I’m not disappointed as I feel that working hard and seeing the payoff is worth its weight in gold. When things come easy, so many tend to disrespect what they have. However, when you give your blood, sweat and tears to something – witnessing the huge success it becomes – it makes that success even sweeter.

    Best of luck to those that won! I hope you respect what you’ve been given and help others while you’re at it.

    1. I don’t have a problem with a couple bucks put in.  It’s a form of entertainment for some.  For others, it’s their only chance.

      That’s the part that I find sad.Thanks for the thoughts Shannon!  

  3. Loved and agreed with this perspective, Aaron. I have never purchased a lottery ticket…never really gambled…but I’m trying to live life to the fullest. And yeah, I have a lot to live for. The key is for all of us to come to that same conclusion.

  4. Great post, Aaron. Thanks for keeping us grounded.

    I find I sometimes make plans for what I would do with a TON of extra money, but I never play the lottery. Money was so precious to me as I was growing up that the idea of throwing it away ( which is what playing the lottery truly is), makes me incredibly anxious. Not that I would notice  the loss of a few bucks. And what would I do with a few hundred million dollars? I would build a building here in Southwest Virginia to enhance the healthcare I am able to provide for children who need it. And establish a fund to secure the availability of healthcare providers for this very needy population. This is my long-term goal, and I am working on it constantly, not relying upon a computer or a lucky guess to get money I don’t deserve. But maybe one of the winners will help me out?

    1. Alice, thanks for the comment/great thoughts/encouragement.  You’re so wonderful.

      I love your ideas on what to do with the money.  Giving it away would keep it from being a negative.  

      If I ever win (hard since I don’t play), I will contribute to your goal as part of my life goal.  Win-Win.

  5. Hi Aaron

    I love this sentence “It makes me sad because so many people quit their dreams early.” How true! And how frequently we need to be reminded to keep reaching for that star; even if we don’t get there, the real sadness is to have no star to reach for . . .

  6. The irony is that most big lotto winners end up losing in the end…not necessarily the money, but their “way.” It is yet another example of money not buying happiness though I will agree that extreme poverty can contribute to unhappiness. 

  7. Hi @Biebert:disqus This post is so appropriate…why do we wait for externals to make us happy when the answer to our happiness is always with us…within.  We need to be more mindful of all of the opportunities in front of us all of the time… “Pretend like you won the Mega Millions lottery.  Walk through the doors
    that are open.  Do work you’re passionate about.  Give back.  Start a
    business.”….exactly!!  It’s all there for the experiencing!!

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