Who hasn't stared at the ceiling at one in the morning wondering what they would do with an $87 million lottery win? Don't we all fantasize about winning such a huge amount and how we would spend it? But, it's not simply lotteries that generate such big numbers. Consider inheritances.

A 1999 Boston College study has pegged wealth transfers through inheritance between the years 1998 and 2055 at anywhere from $41 trillion to nearly $140 trillion. In fact, a study done a decade ago by Cornell University says that between 1990 and 2040, there will be 115 million bequests amounting to some $10.4 trillion in inheritances.

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