As the Powerball fever spreads across the nation and lottery hopefuls snatch up what they hope will be winning tickets, some of the dozens of members of the uber-elite club of massive lotto winners are sharing advice on how to use the money in lasting and fulfilling ways.
A total of 95 extremely lucky individuals, who with the help of a giant rotating tub of ping pong balls, have beaten incredible odds and hit the jackpot for $100 million or more.
Membership does have its privileges. The next inductee will get a half billion dollar payout -- the net worth of Will Smith, who is worth $200 million, Britney Spears, also worth a cool $200 million, And $100 million gal Jennifer Aniston -- combined.
With $500 million, the lucky winner could even knock on the door of Oprah Winfrey's $85 million California home, tell her you want to buy five of them, and still have $75 million to spare.
But the luckiest people of all are those who years later haven't managed to go broke -- people like Jim and Carolyn McCullar, who bought a winning Mega Millions lottery ticket in January of 2011 worth $190 million.
"My kids my grandkids, my great grandkids and their children also will never have to worry because we're not going to blow this," Jim McCullar said when he won the prize.
Now, almost two years later, the couple has managed to do just what they said. They've set up trust funds for their four kids and 23 grandchildren, and have been very generous with donations. Most importantly, they haven't blown their millions.
Cynthia Stafford, who won $112 million in the California lottery back in 2007, hasn't either.
"It's a blessing, and people who receive it that way, they tend to keep it. I'm involved with a number of organizations, and it just warms my heart to be able to do these things," she said.
Stafford used her massive pay day to pay it forward, big time – sage advice that for Wednesday night's winner will likely be priceless.