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Don't go on spending spree if you win Powerball

The Powerball jackpot reached $425 million. (Source: CNN) The Powerball jackpot reached $425 million. (Source: CNN)

(RNN) – Those buying $2 Powerball tickets for Wednesday's drawing are fantasizing what to do with the $425 million jackpot.

Buy a boat? Travel on a boat? Buy your mom a boat? Party so hard with all your new friends that you would put the Rolling Stones to shame ... on a boat?

"First thing, you should not get any new friends, you've already got enough," said Nathan Bachrach, of Simply Money.

Then take a deep breath. Don't rush into any decisions regarding your windfall.

"Emotions are a horrible tool when it comes to making money decisions," he said.

Bachrach suggests putting the money in the bank and going to a professional financial adviser – don't go crazy buying things for you and everyone else.

Paying off any debt is a good first step, and make a list of things you want to do with your winnings. Work with the adviser to make sure you have enough to live on and retire comfortably.

Managing money is not a do-it-yourself proposition. Bachrach pointed out that if training for the Olympics was easy, the athletes would be using coaches recorded on video.

"There are two things we've never learned in school: We never learned how to raise kids and we never learned how to manage money," Bachrach said. "Just because you won the lottery doesn't mean you know any more about money than you did before."

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