Hollie Lyle Wins $1M and Now Wants to Hike the Appalachian Trail

Never, ever play the lottery. You cannot win. No one ever wins. It's just a stupid waste of money, except for Hollie Lyle, Jr., 56, of North Port, Florida, who won a million smackeroos, according to a 9-7-16 Florida Lottery press release.

Our pal, Hollie, bought the ticket at the Petro Shop, on Clark Road in Sarasota, on the Friday that Hurricane Hermine hit the region.

You go, buddy! We can't wait to celebrate with you! Good old Hollie couldn't believe what he saw when he scratched his lottery ticket! "I was in complete shock; I'm still in shock. It's very surreal!"

He said he's going to use some of his winnings to take his wife on a trip that they have been planning for years. The wasteful decision to purchase a dumb lottery ticket should fund a dandy vacation to just about anywhere ... after he deposits his winnings: a one-time, lump-sum payment of $792,000.00.

"I'm going to keep working ... but I am going to take a couple of months off this spring so that my wife and I can hike the Appalachian Trail."

We wish our dear, dear friend Hollie Lyle a happy time on the Appalachian Trail. We commend him for using a portion of his windfall to hike the Trail with his wife. Maybe he will hire a hiker to follow along and pass out free Snickers?

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john_c47 on Sep 8, 2016
Yep, he can't quit his job. If he stopped working and was say, 45, and spent $50,000 a year (assuming no further taxes), he would exhaust the money in a bit over 15 years, having spent $750,000. and be age 60. and only have whatever social security and savings and IRAs he might have accumulated up to age 45. The alternative is to invest some, maybe buy an annuity, maybe some life insurance, or if he might have a design on a business. Assuming he and his wife take off for 6 months, then he has to have work when he returns or erode savings until he does. In any event, the majority of the money should probably go for retirement and he can use the 6 months on the AT to think on it.