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Most lottery winners crave privacy

After the Big WinAfter the Big Win: Most lottery winners crave privacy

Whatever other effects winning the lottery might have on Mainers, in the long term it certainly turns them into a reclusive lot.

If they hadn't moved out of state or changed their phone to an unlisted number, they either refused to answer their phone or return calls. Most of those who did talk quickly stopped for fear that additional publicity would invite a wave of long-lost relatives asking for handouts.

The most recent Megabucks winners, Edward Cardali Jr. and Regan Cardali of Oakland, changed their phone number and made themselves scarce after being awarded $8.45 million on Friday.

Only two of the 52 Maine residents who won the Megabucks jackpot between the years of 1993 and 1998 were available and willing to talk.

Margaret and Elmer Randall of Cherryfield won nearly $2.6 million in October of 1994. Upon winning, they did not take any exotic trips or make any extravagant purchases, Margaret Randall said.

"No, I'm too old," she said. "I'm 88 years old, and my health isn't too good."

Margaret Randall said that she gives about two-thirds of the money to her children and grandchildren. She still buys an occasional lottery ticket "when it gets up there," but has not since won any substantial prizes. As for the question of whether winning the jackpot had a positive effect on her life, Margaret Randall is noncommittal.

"I suppose," she said.

The Randalls' generosity to their relatives is fairly typical of lottery winners, according to a 1987 scholarly article published by the Journal of Gambling Studies.

"Contrary to popular beliefs, winners did not engage in lavish spending sprees and instead gave large amounts of their winnings to their children and their churches," the article reported. "The most common expenditures were for houses, automobiles and trips."

According to the journal, winners were found to be "well-adjusted, secure and generally happy from the experience."

However, another article from the International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice in 2002 followed the cases of two women who had won the lottery. The article, titled "Winning the Jackpot and Depression: Money Cannot Buy Happiness," reported that the two women were hospitalized for depression shortly after collecting their winnings. Both women recovered from the episode within four years, according to the article.

Johanna Colson, a retired woman who lives in Dover-Foxcroft, won $280,000 in a Megabucks jackpot in 1994. She said she uses her winnings, which are being issued to her over a 25-year period, largely to pay for prescription medications.

"We done some repair on the house, and I'm on a lot of medication, so it helps out a little," she said.

Colson said she still plays the lottery once a week, and sometimes twice, depending on how often she gets out of the house. She won an additional $1,000 in 1996.

A third lottery winner, Janet DeCosta of Weeks Mills, said she is enjoying the nearly $1.3 million she won a few months ago.

"You still don't believe it really happened," she said. "It's changed my life -- I don't have any money worries. We just went on a cruise; I've never done that before."

DeCosta said the first thought of her husband, Ernest DeCosta, was to buy a swingset for their grandchildren.

Her first thought was to pay off their house. On the whole, winning the lottery was good, DeCosta said.

"My husband retired. I was out of work anyways," she said. "I don't think anything else really has changed. I think we are the same people. It's died down, and life is back to normal."

Central Maine Morning Sentinel

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Coastal Georgia
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Posted: May 15, 2006, 7:25 am - IP Logged

Good to see a story that accentuates the positive rather than focusing on those that squander their money.

Yes, there are some people out there with common sense after all... 

 

                               

              

 

 

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    Posted: May 15, 2006, 10:45 am - IP Logged

    "Johanna Colson, a retired woman who lives in Dover-Foxcroft, won $280,000 in a Megabucks jackpot in 1994. She said she uses her winnings, which are being issued to her over a 25-year period, largely to pay for prescription medications"

     

    LurkingWait for it:

    "Everybody has to believe in something...I believe I'll have another beer!"   = W.C.Fields                      

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      Posted: May 15, 2006, 1:31 pm - IP Logged

      Yeah it's good to read about some postive things that have happened to lottery winners.

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        Posted: May 15, 2006, 2:44 pm - IP Logged

        The retired woman who won $280,000 in a megabucks jackpot in 1994,she got about 13 year to collect the remaining money. by the way is she still living?No Pity!

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          Posted: May 15, 2006, 2:56 pm - IP Logged

          There's really no point of "advertising" your wealth by talking to the media about it. Unlike celebrities who need their name out there to advance their success and career, lottery winners have nothing to gain. The lottery is not a career and you won't make a penny more by talking about it.  There is no upside to it unless you like to be beseiged by those long-lost relatives, con men, beggars and assorted weirdos.

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            Coastal Georgia
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            Posted: May 15, 2006, 5:29 pm - IP Logged

            The retired woman who won $280,000 in a megabucks jackpot in 1994,she got about 13 year to collect the remaining money. by the way is she still living?No Pity!

            Didn't you read the story ?

            She is alive .

             

                                           

                          

             

             

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              i won a little bit of money in a superbowl pool at a bar across the street from my job.the whole bar knew i hit the final.now ever time i go into the bar people are always asking me to buy them drinks..i guess its a little lesson for me .if i we're to hit pb , mega ,or lotto i would just have to go in hiding..even at work people were asking for money from me, and it wasn't even a big winning.

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                Posted: May 15, 2006, 8:44 pm - IP Logged

                The retired woman who won $280,000 in a megabucks jackpot in 1994,she got about 13 year to collect the remaining money. by the way is she still living?No Pity!

                Didn't you read the story ?

                She is alive .

                LMAO DD  Ya always put a smile on my face!  Well this week I got the pools going again :) I am back in the game and I am gonna have to get my rear to KY ... but yeah It seems that  most the time the media wants to focus on the BAD THINGS about winning the lotto  Glad to see that there some good stories coming out :D  Good luck everyone  and just a update the girls are doing well and thanks for all your support everyone.

                Now LETS GET BUSY AND WIN THAT DAMN MONEY!!!!!!

                Hopin To Be The Lucky Ones!!

                COME ON MEGA! MEGA-ME-RICH!

                 

                Please feel free to visit my sisters memorial page that I have now completed

                www.freewebs.com/wendyinmyheartforever

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                  Posted: May 16, 2006, 8:32 pm - IP Logged

                  Thanks Sassy,

                  I'm tired of losin myself...

                  It's TIME to WIN !!!!  Dance

                  Good luck !!

                  PS, visited Wendy's memorial page . It's nice to see how much you love her. Blue Angel

                  DD

                   

                                                 

                                

                   

                   

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                    Posted: May 16, 2006, 8:44 pm - IP Logged

                    Nice to see something positive about lottery winners. With all the stories about winners having problems, it's good to see something about winners who are actually having happy lives. We can all learn from stories like these. I have a pool running at work for Powerball and Louisiana Lotto, plus I buy Powerball for myself when it breaks $100 million.

                    If I or my pool wins, I plan to live a quiet life with my winnings. Perhaps move to a cheaper place and lay low once the excitement has died down and pursue my interests. Give me a quiet life, a quiet place, and quiet people.

                    PrisonerSix

                      SassyOhio's avatar - Picture012
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                      Posted: May 16, 2006, 9:47 pm - IP Logged

                      Thanks DD  I put my heart and soul into cause that is what she was and is to me........

                      Ya know I am ready too lets just do it  I THINK I CAN I THINK I CAN I THINK I CAN LOL  KK LETS GOOOOOOOO  BIG BUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!Banana

                      Hopin To Be The Lucky Ones!!

                      COME ON MEGA! MEGA-ME-RICH!

                       

                      Please feel free to visit my sisters memorial page that I have now completed

                      www.freewebs.com/wendyinmyheartforever