As the mania surrounding the recent Mega Millions jackpot illustrates, it's fun to dream about striking it rich by winning the lottery. But only a lucky few become millionaires this way.
Don't give up hope, though. You may be able to reach millionaire status -- or make whatever your dream may be come true -- without a lottery ticket.
For example, anyone who starts in his or her twenties saving a little every month can amass a small fortune by retirement. Or if you have a bright idea and determination, as Andrew and Leigh Ann Green did, you can create a $1 million business. You can read their story and those of others who turned their dreams into reality below:
How to Create a $1 Million Business
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