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Lottery winner hangs self 7 years after collecting win

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Posted: October 5, 2005, 12:18 pm - IP Logged

The say the increase in money only places emphasis on what the person actually is. Money doesn't make you a winner, loser, smarter, dumber, useful or useless. You were already there - you just get to become more extravegent about it. Unhappy will be unhappy. Happy people will be happy.  I keep refering to Jack Whitiker, because is a prime example of what no one should want to be.

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    Posted: October 5, 2005, 1:08 pm - IP Logged

    I know this sort of thing happens regularly, but self destructing people who burn through a big pile of money always amaze me. 

    >The former resident of Norway House in northern Manitoba was forced to take a job this summer doing heavy lifting on a friend's farm just to make ends meet while supporting his girlfriend and six young children in their modest Winnipeg home.

    That's the saddest part - those kids could have had and should have had a good life. 

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      Posted: October 5, 2005, 2:55 pm - IP Logged

      Lottery winners aren't the only ones who can't handle instant wealth.  Look at the football players, boxers and others who have self destructed.  Mike Tison is an excellent recent example.  He burned through millions on drugs, booze, etc. and how he is bankrupt.

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        Posted: October 5, 2005, 3:02 pm - IP Logged

        Yep this is nothing new, but it's still bothersome. Too bad there wasn't someone around him to help him manage his life better, but he seemed to be a (small time) career criminal anyways, so maybe there was no helping him.

        Dance like no one is watching.

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          Posted: October 5, 2005, 4:16 pm - IP Logged

          I wonder how his wife died so young?  And why was he fondling a maid soon after her death?  Sounds pretty bad!

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            Posted: October 5, 2005, 8:02 pm - IP Logged

            no one was around to help him because no one cared for him only his money. In this case I believe it's clear, drugs and alchol will destory anyone regardless of income. It's possible had he not won, today we would have read the same headline. This begs the question from me which I'll post in the forum.

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              Posted: October 5, 2005, 8:34 pm - IP Logged

              ok this guy was not smart, i bet he went out and told everyone, thats the first mistake, and the second is that he was not perpaired for the windfall (i don't think anyone really is) and the he just kept spending money like it was going to go bad. and the jackpot was only $10 Million, he went out and bought cars and a house really quick without thinking what the consequences would be, and he found out really quick. a house should be one of the last things on your list to buy. be smart if you win not stupid or you will end up like this guy.

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                Posted: October 5, 2005, 8:55 pm - IP Logged

                I agree with the earlier post comparing this guy to  Jack Whittaker.

                This reads just like Jack's bio.......except for death, but that very well could be the next thing we hear about ol Jack.

                 

                Money didn't do it, it was irresponsibile use of it.

                 

                DD

                 

                 

                                               

                              

                 

                 

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                  Posted: October 6, 2005, 12:01 am - IP Logged

                  I agree with the earlier post comparing this guy to  Jack Whittaker.

                  This reads just like Jack's bio.......except for death, but that very well could be the next thing we hear about ol Jack.

                   

                  Money didn't do it, it was irresponsibile use of it.

                   

                  DD

                   

                  Correct me if I am wrong...

                   

                  With Jack, wasnt it the granddauters friend who died first and then the granddauter about a year latter.  Both were drug related (overdoses?).

                   

                  Stars

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                    Posted: October 6, 2005, 6:34 am - IP Logged

                    To those that continually advocate annuties, think about what probably would have happened in this case. After the first year or two the guy more than likely would have sold it to one of these cash-out companies for 40 cents on the dollar just to get a large sum at once.


                    Taking the payout as annuity will still not guarantee that they will continue to receive it for the entire period. Many annuities end up being sold because the person just cannot handle waiting each year for the payments. Do a Google search for "Annuity Buyout" and there are many companies willing to give you cash for your annuity.

                     

                     

                     

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                      Posted: October 6, 2005, 7:06 am - IP Logged

                      there is no problem with celebrating a lottery win with a party, alcohol and drugs.  you just have to be smart about it when you do it, especially with the drugs Wink

                       

                      all im saying is don't over do it.

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                        Posted: October 6, 2005, 8:50 am - IP Logged

                        I don't know what happended to my post.  However, I have always enjoyed the discussion threads of the LP members, this is the exception.  This man's sad ending reflects the torment he had going on.  Everyone is entitled to their opinions.

                        I only hope that when one of us wins a jackpot, we will set a high standard of excellence in what to do right with our winnings.  Common sense, planning and surrounding yourself with good people and choices will go a long way to not ending up in discussions like this, for the wrong reasons.

                        Good luck in the powerball drawings.

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                          Posted: October 6, 2005, 8:51 am - IP Logged

                          Stars, you are correct. Friend of grand daughter, the grand daughter. All drug related. Maturity is hard to achieve when there is a silver platter in front of you.

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                            Posted: October 6, 2005, 9:23 am - IP Logged

                            I don't know what happended to my post.  However, I have always enjoyed the discussion threads of the LP members, this is the exception.  This man's sad ending reflects the torment he had going on.  Everyone is entitled to their opinions.

                            I only hope that when one of us wins a jackpot, we will set a high standard of excellence in what to do right with our winnings.  Common sense, planning and surrounding yourself with good people and choices will go a long way to not ending up in discussions like this, for the wrong reasons.

                            Good luck in the powerball drawings.

                            Just so you're aware, I have not done anything to your post.  I have no idea why it's blank.

                             

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                              Posted: October 6, 2005, 9:46 am - IP Logged

                              It's obvious that he would have needed a perpetual annuity but from the sound of it I doubt it would have saved him. Some people just are immature at best and clearly can't handle money wisely. He had a long criminal record and sounded like he couldn't even handle life responsibly let alone money.