"You kidding me? I love this," he said. "I'd never leave this. Everybody thinks I'd rather be in New York. I love what I'm doing and I don't care where it is. I love the challenge of management, of getting a team to play the right way.
"It's kind of like growing a garden. You put the landscaping in, doesn't look so good. A year later, it's pretty awesome. I interviewed with Cleveland, they told me we wouldn't sign free agents. I don't care. Young guys turn into the good guys."
Tony Gwynn agreed with Kemp that such financial security could make the game easier to play.
"I would probably play better if I won," he said. "I wouldn't worry about what's next for me. It really would be all about playing."
Adam Kennedy said he was "absolutely" buying some tickets before the drawing, but he said that kind of windfall would solve his issues with Southland traffic.
"I'd give my truck to one of the clubbies," he said, "and use the money to buy a helicopter for the commute from Orange County."
Reliever Matt Guerrier said he wouldn't walk away from the game, either.
"It's not about the money," he said. "It's about the fun of coming to the field. We're like a bunch of kids. I wouldn't quit my job, but I'd give money to some of my family so they could quit theirs."
Catcher Matt Treanor said he, too, would continue playing, with an asterisk.
"I'd request two weeks off in the summer to watch my wife [volleyball star Misty May] in the Olympics," he said.
Jerry Hairston said he wouldn't give up baseball, but he would golf more seriously.
"I'd hire the best golf instructor and go for the Senior Tour," he said. "I'd have 12 years to make a run at it."