A friend of mine was a contestant on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire months ago and the episodes(there were two) aired yesterday and today respectively. In the interim he received none of the money he won and was strictly forbidden from revealing his winnings to anyone.
Getting the money was implicit on the show airing. So while he knew his coffers were newly cushioned with $63,000 he had no ability to spend it on all the rich people things he had once fantasized about. In that time period he managed to rein in his expectations and think about what truly made sense to buy.
Getting a big pile of big money in a short period of time can be a huge blessing but as any number of Lottery winning life casualties and MC Hammer can teach you it can also be a curse. While you may feel compelled to drop a bunch of money competing with the wealthiest among us having money is a responsibility.
As a result getting a few thousand dollars should not inspire you to indulge in all matter of pricey expenditures. Instead it should inspire you to invest and turn your pile into an even bigger pile. One that can cushion you for a long time.