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A Winner, a New Contest, and a Question!
Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

The winner of the Ellora’s Cave Grab Bag Contest is… Ha! You have to wait until the end!

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Three Signed Books Contest

What can you win?
I’m trying to clear shelf space in my office, and I had extra copies of books lying around, so your prizes this time around are signed copies of ALL of these books, plus some fun promo items:

What do you have to do to win?
Post a comment. And keep commenting every day the contest runs, because each of those comments counts as another entry! This contest ends next Tuesday, January 31st!

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Here’s the conversation starter for today….

If you won $2 million tomorrow, what are the first three things you think you would do or buy as soon as you had the check in your hand?
~ from The Question Guys

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So, back to the winner of the Ellora’s Cave Grab Bag Contest… By random number generator, the winner is…Mary Preston! Mary, congrats, and be sure to send me an email to arrange delivery of your prize!

32 comments to “A Winner, a New Contest, and a Question!”

  1. Jessica Hansen
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      · January 18th, 2012 at 11:04 am · Link

    the 1st thing i would get is a new car, cadalliac suburban top of the line
    2 I would finish paying off my house
    3 i would go on a long vacation to Tahiti
    :lol:



  2. Darnell Davis
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      · January 18th, 2012 at 11:06 am · Link

    If I won that much money:
    1. Pay off all outstanding debts of mine, son & daughter’s.
    2. Purchase HE appliances for my home (all appliances are at lease 22 yrs old).
    3. Invest in our futures. Put money away for retirement, granddaugher’s education, etc. Find charitable organizations that I always wanted to help but was unable to do so.



  3. Kate/Summer
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      · January 18th, 2012 at 11:15 am · Link

    I’d pay off boring old debts from college, mortgage and credit card. Then I’d buy a working fridge and . . .
    okay, I’d get something fun, but it would probably be a shopping spree at a grocery store. :roll:



  4. PhyllisC
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      · January 18th, 2012 at 11:18 am · Link

    1. Pay off my house and vehicles
    2. Give each of my children money (I have 5)
    3. Take a family vacation

    Thanks for the giveaway! :lol:



  5. Christi Anderson
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      · January 18th, 2012 at 11:25 am · Link

    I would:
    1. Pay off my Dad’s and Sister’s houses.
    2. Pay back all money I owe my Dad.
    3. Go see the Spirit Bears.



  6. Peggy
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      · January 18th, 2012 at 11:34 am · Link

    I would pay off all outstanding debts, invest and then take a vacation ( I have never been on one…believe it or not) lol
    I would hope that vacation included spa time and lounging around a pool with some hot guy to bring me drinks and anything else i needed or wanted. ;)



  7. Suzie
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      · January 18th, 2012 at 11:58 am · Link

    If I won 2 million dollars, I would:
    1-Payoff my debts,
    2-Buy a house or condo for myself and one for mom.
    3-Put two years worth of salary aside and find a job I love to do! Leaving my current one behind.



  8. Lynn P
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      · January 18th, 2012 at 12:23 pm · Link

    1. pay any debt we have
    2. set aside money for daughter’s college
    3. buy new camaro for hubby



  9. June M.
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      · January 18th, 2012 at 12:38 pm · Link

    The first things I would do if I won $2 million:
    1. Pay off house & auto & other bills
    2. Buy a house for my sister
    3. Put away money for the future and for my nieces & nephews college funds.



  10. Lisa J
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      · January 18th, 2012 at 12:51 pm · Link

    My list –

    1. Put a million in the bank so I have money for the future.
    2. Pay off my house.
    3. Help my family with their debt (brothers, sister, nephews).



  11. Melissa P
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      · January 18th, 2012 at 1:16 pm · Link

    I would pay off my truck first..along with my credit card (bad things those are). Then I would go and buy my parents a truck that wont break down on them in a month…Plus fill their freezer up…Then maybe buy my own property and build a house that I would love…renting is for the birds…..
    thanks for the fun contests
    :-P



  12. Alicia Birrell
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      · January 18th, 2012 at 1:24 pm · Link

    1) I would pay off my parents debt as they have done alot for me!
    2) I would pay off my car loan
    3) I would finally buy my own home!! :mrgreen:



  13. Karen A Jensen
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      · January 18th, 2012 at 2:42 pm · Link

    1. Pay off all debt for me and my close family members.
    2. Buy a condo/townhouse for me & one for my mother
    3. Put money in bank for other expenses, so I don’t have to work 40 hour weeks any more.



  14. Karin Anderson
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      · January 18th, 2012 at 2:48 pm · Link

    1. I would buy an iPad
    2. I would pay off my credit card bills!!!
    3. I would buy an apartment
    4. LOTS of books with whatever was left over! Yay :-D



  15. Ilona
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      · January 18th, 2012 at 3:16 pm · Link

    With $2 (£1.29) million I’d
    1. Divide by number of family members and give them their share
    2. Pay off all loans and large bills (maybe even pay in advance for utilities for a year or two)
    3. Buy everything on my Amazon wish list (plus a few extra dragons for husband)

    Wonder if I’d have anything left after that? :D



  16. tammy ramey
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      · January 18th, 2012 at 5:40 pm · Link

    Hi Delilah,
    thank you for another great giveaway, you always pick the best stuff to do. Congrats to Mary on winning.

    the first thing i would do is get the family together and give all of my brothers and sisters some of it. then i would pay bills and after that i would buy my mom a house and then one for me.

    On 1/8/12 when Sidney Bristol was here she was offering a gift certificate as a prize, can you tell me who won?

    trvlagnt1t@yahoo.com



  17. Virginia E
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      · January 18th, 2012 at 6:11 pm · Link

    First thing, I’d cover the taxes on the two million. I’d rather make my plans based on what’s left than to have to try to explain oops to the nice tax people.

    I do think a car (or vehicle of some kind) is high on the list. I’ve been borrowing for the last few years. It’s better than walking, but it’s had its challenges.



  18. Virginia E
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      · January 18th, 2012 at 6:15 pm · Link

    This will teach me to read the question more closely.

    First thing: I’m going to make sure that check clears the bank…



  19. Delilah
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      · January 18th, 2012 at 11:09 pm · Link

    Have to laugh at Virginia’s comment about making sure the check clears! LOL

    I’m with most everyone.

    1) Pay off my debts. Pay off all family’s debts.
    2) Buy all the family new cars (because I love them.)
    3) Pay for all the family to go on a cruise together.
    4) Buy a beachside villa in Spain, Portugal or France.
    5) Go on a round-the-world trip, by train and boat.
    6) Build an office detached from the house so I can write in peace!



  20. infinitieh
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      · January 19th, 2012 at 12:12 am · Link

    1. Set up a corporation or LLC so I wouldn’t personally pay the taxes.
    2. Pay off all my bills.
    3. Give some to my parents (although probably over years in order to minimize taxes).
    4. Put most of the rest in the hands of my friend the fund manager so that I won’t have to work again, just live off the interest.



  21. Becky Ward
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      · January 19th, 2012 at 1:30 am · Link

    Delilah, Thanks for having another great giveaway. If I won $2 million I would:
    1. pay off debts
    2. buy some property
    3. give some money to my family



  22. Mary Preston
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      · January 19th, 2012 at 3:07 am · Link

    THANK YOU!! I will email next thing.

    If I won $2million I would:
    – Invest $1million
    - Renovate my home & make it ‘greener’
    - take a holiday.



  23. mixe
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      · January 19th, 2012 at 6:48 am · Link

    I feel so greedy, but my school debts are mostly paid off now so I think I would splurge most of my winnings away! :)

    1 – Move out of my tiny apt and buy a loft condo downtown
    2- Travel! I’d love to finally see Australia and New Zealand.
    3 – Finish paying off that Meng painting I’ve had sitting on layaway for the past 4 months. (It would look GREAT in my new loft LOL)



  24. Jet
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      · January 19th, 2012 at 7:02 am · Link

    Things I would do or buy…

    1. Buy a house
    2. Buy a bookstore (I am that crazy about reading :mrgreen: )
    3. Share some of the money with family



  25. CrystalGB
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      · January 19th, 2012 at 9:39 am · Link

    I would:
    Pay off all debts
    Buy a new house
    Buy a new car



  26. Lynn A. Reynolds
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      · January 19th, 2012 at 11:26 am · Link

    If I had 2 mil the top three things I would do is:

    1) Give some to my church to bring them out of the hole and to make all the renovations that needed to be done (church is well over a 100 years old).

    2) Pay off all our debts (my dad and mine) so that I can get him in to a more comfortable situation where he doesn’t need about things getting done as I get older.

    3) Help the rest of my family members out so that they would also be more comfortable especially in today’s economy.



  27. Suzie
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      · January 19th, 2012 at 12:59 pm · Link

    Congrats Mary!

    In addition to paying things off and new housing, I think I would take a vacation and donate to my favorite museum.

    Also the debate over and IPad or kindle would finally be resolved. I can get both!!

    Thanks for the contest Delilah!



  28. Melissa P
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      · January 19th, 2012 at 1:50 pm · Link

    Congrats Mary.
    I would like to add in that I would want to go on a vacation to Ireland and Scotland. I have always wanted to go there. Maybe take a side trip to Pairs. I would also send my dad on a nice hunting trip that he always wanted to go on…



  29. Debra T
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      · January 20th, 2012 at 2:16 pm · Link

    Well…
    First, I would pay off all my bills and familys bills.
    Next…there are a lot of charities out there that I would donate to. I have had family and friends die of cancer, heart disease, MS, diabetes. I have also had family and friends survive and keep going, despite those disease’s. They managed that due to contributions for each of those causes.

    Deb



  30. hotcha1
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      · January 20th, 2012 at 2:18 pm · Link

    1. THERAPY FOR MY PARALYZED SIDE.
    2. A WEEKLY MESSAGE
    3. A HANDICAPPED VAN



  31. Rose D.
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      · January 21st, 2012 at 4:03 pm · Link

    First off I’d pay off all of our debts. Second, I’d help my family with their debts and take everyone to the beach for a family vacation (all of my family – parents, brother and his family, sister and her family, etc.). And finally, I would donate to help find a cure for Crohns disease (something I’ve suffered with for many years).



  32. Betty Hamilton
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      · January 22nd, 2012 at 7:39 am · Link

    The first thing I would buy would be a house for my son and I. (We are currently looking.) The second would be a small place for my daughter and granddaughter to live (one they could afford to maintain). The next thing would be a nice driving vacation for all of us through the North Western USA.