SO the first question I had was - are they winning the 192 million power ball or is it just a measaly couple of mill from the local ticket?
Perhaps it matters less to my main characters because they don't pay taxes - one small benefit to being a mercenary on the wrong side of the law. On the other hand living a life like that tends to burn up cash:
Souped up Turbo- charged Humvee (With armor plating) - $187,000
Roof mounted rotary cannon or 7.62 mm minigun - $571,000
Doppler - side scan and vertical scan radar, $900,000
Advanced groiund to air missiles
(Chinese) $458.29 (Everything is cheeper when you make it in China.)
Ability to destroy your enemies on land, sea or air - Priceless
It ain't cheep being a top notch mercenary these days. To begin with, all the tin pot dictators of the world now EXPECT you to pay your own airfare into their little Banana Republic war zones. Used to be transportation was provided. Either you hopped a free shuttle or at least rode a dirty old bus with chickens and goats. But no more free rides, not even a car pool.
Also - wars have become BYOG events (Bring Your Own Gun) - and since you have no idea what anyone else is going to bring, you have to BYOA (Bring Your Own Ammunition) as well.
And then once you get there and fight and win there is far less payoff than before - once upon a time you got paid in gold or a share of the gems or oil that your blood, sweat and tears had secured. Thing is that kind of incentive is gone, for the most part its a flat hourly rate, and once they take out Medical (very costly for mercenaries), Dental ( same thing - a lot of teeth get busted out in bar fights), and Banana Republic taxes ( the bad countries not the semi -okay store) you barely come out ahead.
So if my characters were to win the Powerball I think they'd be okay and able to arm themselves for whichever coming struggle was actually coming at the time. And if they won the small lotto - well - all it gives em' is enough money to retire on. So I guess that's what they'd have to do.
Still want that Hummer though - I don't think you'd have to worry about anyone cutting you off on the highway.