First off, I am not a troll. Believe me or don't but choose now.
I am 23, not in school, was working a shitty 9-5 but today I won the lottery. I was a loser until about 8 months ago when I found TRP and lost 30lbs, gained 15 of muscle, dumped my ex and got a new apartment and car. Now I have this ton of cash, which wil be about 30-38M after taxes. I don't know anything about finance... do I hire a financial advisor? If so how do I know I'm not being screwed on prices, policies, etc.?
I don't want to end up like every single lottery winner ever. I'm freaking the fuck out... My first idea is to not drink or do any drugs for 1 year, to buy a small house and to invest most of the rest. I was thinking of setting aside 1-2 million to spend on anything to rid myself of the temptation... but I don't know if that's a good idea at all. I haven't told anyone yet, and I am thinking of not telling my family. They are all poor or middle class and I know they'd be asking for some constantly. I am not going to be putting my name out there as the 'big winner' for obvious reasons.
I need advice on the financials, on privacy, on anything really..