So I swear I'm not trying to gloat, but I just won 10,000 dollars on a scratch ticket, and as someone who's notoriously bad with money, and seeking advice outside of my parental sphere, I figured I'd come here.
After taxes it looks like I'm going to net 7000 dollars. Ideally I'd like to use about a grand of this for various frivilites, including a new PC, HD televison, and fixing my car up nice - I intend to do this on the relative cheap via Pawn Shops and so on.
With the remaining 6,000 I'm curious what I should do. Like many people my age I have a ton of student loans, but with those payments being only 80 dollars a month I'm not sure if I want to give all my winnings to the government right away. Ideally I'd like to do something with this money that can generate some kind of income, but am unsure of the what and how. I suppose the Stock Market is risky, and investing in a movie or a video game or something seems both stupid and a great way to give myself a bad headache.
Thus if it's not too much to ask are there any good resources for micro-investing that isn't kickstarter? where you ideally can get a return on your investment for funding something worthwhile or creative that doesn't cost an arm and a leg? Are there bank funds I should into? I'm kind of swirling around and have no idea where to start.