# MBA Finance

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Sally has won the grand prize in a lottery and must choose between the following three options:

A. Receive a lump sum payment of \$10,000,000

B. Receive annual end of year payments \$2,000,000 for the next 8 years:

C. Receive annual end of the year payments of \$1,500,000 for the next 20 years:

Which option should Sally chose based on annual investment of rate of 6%?

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First -- there's no guarantee today that the investment rate is or will ever be 6% again.

Second, option C. is out if Sally is elderly.

What do you think?

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Assume a constant investment rate of 6% indefinitely, and that Sally has a life expectancy of over 20 years.

Also, assume that the winnings are deposited the money in a trust fund independent of the lottery company.

A.
Future value at the end of 8 years
=10M*1.06^8
=15.938M\$
Future value at the end of 20 years
=32.071M\$

B. future value of 8 yearly payments
=2M\$*(1.06^8-1)/(1.06-1)
=19.795M\$ > 15.93 M\$
i.e. better choice than A.

C. Future value of 20 yearly payments of 1.5M\$
=1.5*(1.06^20-1)/(1.06-1)
=55.178M\$ > 32.07M\$
i.e. better choice than A.

Now compare B and C by investing the future value of B (after 8 years) for the following 12 years at 6%.

Future value of option B after 12 more years
= 19.795M\$ * 1.06^12
= 39.831M\$ < 55.178M\$

Thus option C is by far the most advantageous, assuming all the pre-conditions are met.

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