Because I owned a roadster and had an order in for the Model S, Telsa let me buy 1,000 shares on the IPO. To be honest, I figured it was a crap shot and i had no idea where the stock would go, but I figured it would be fun to have some (more?) money in the game. After the IPO, I picked up another 4,000 shares after at around $19. Again, I didn't expect to make a lot of money on this.
Ha! Wrong. Now I'm sitting with a $300,000 per-tax gain and I'm thinking wow! That paid for BOTH of my Teslas! So, thanks Tesla!