Buy investment properties. With that amount after taxes, possibly two, if not three (if one is small). I would prefer buying properties that have retail space to lease on the bottom floor and multi unit housing on the upper floors.
We got a ticket as well, we'd pay off our house (we've been here since June '10. Pay off our cat's medical bills, and our van. Help out friends/family. Start a Secret Santa thing where people can write in letters for families that need help. Give money to our favorite charities. Help the church across the street get a new playground set and talk to them about doing a charity garden (they have more than enough room).
We would build our dream house, buy new vehicles for both of us, pay off the little bit of student loan debt we have left, build my mom a house, give to a couple of charities and put the rest back. Well.. after a nice clothing shopping spree anyway ;)
Pay off medical bills, pay off both cars, pay FIL back for fixing our car, pay off house, pay off credit cards, fix the truck, pay my mom back, maybe give some to family,
maybe get a winter house in South Dakota
I'd do the same. My car is far from reliable so it would be nice to have a good running car. Pay off our debt. We'd have a house built so everyone could have their own bedroom, a house big enough for our big family. Help some others out and invest and save the rest...lots of kids we have to send off to college! :)
Looks like I need to play the lotto. ;)
I WOULD go hog wild. All those times when I have seen someone fundrasiing for a worthy cause and I could not even buy a single raffle ticket, or when I heard a great speaker at church and couldn't add anything to the offering plate or read about someome who is doing something inspirational and I couldn't be a part of it! I would give most of it away, probably wihtin the first couple of years. Other than that, we would buy a house and new cars, set the kids up with college funds and house funds for each of them and take the trip to Europe that I have dreamed of since I was a kid. And since I own exactly one pair of jeans, I would go clothes shopping and buy what I need for the first time in years. Usually I can only buy some of what the kids need, not all of what anyone needs. It would be nice for a change to actually be able to get something for me-maybe have a massage or a mani-pedi (I've never had a pedicure before!)