It lasts for just long enough for you to take it all onboard

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QueVivaPSV

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What is meant by 'It lasts for just long enough for you to take it all onboard' in this paragraph:
Imagine the scene: you think you have just won the biggest lottery prize yet in your country, changing forever the difficult life you and your family endure. It lasts for just long enough for you to take it all onboard....and then you are told that you were not the winner after all.

Some more context:
MILLIONAIRE DISAPPOINTMENT
Big winner expectations dashed

Imagine the scene: you think you have just won the biggest lottery prize yet in your country, changing forever the difficult life you and your family endure. It lasts for just long enough for you to take it all onboard....and then you are told that you were not the winner after all.
That's the acute disappointment which deaf mute cleaner Stanley Philander (52) was crushed by this week as Gidani lottery officials in South Africa battled to understand how the screw-up occurred on a massive Rands 91 million ($12 million) Powerball set of numbers.

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  • LV4-26

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    Hello,
    In this context, I think take it all onboard means fully realize the fact and its (felicitous) consequences.

    EDIT : forgot the beginning.
    It lasts for just long enough.
    It refers to the period between the moment you hear you've won the prize and the moment you hear you haven't, after all.
     
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