|Posted: April 10, 2006, 10:17 pm - IP Logged|
Score one for the Diva!
I guess I was responding to you and my overall point is that regardless of the amount you win...the tag of lottery winner carries with it certain connotaions. It's like used car salesman...it conveys a certain pre-conceived notion that sticks to you for the rest of your life.
And while the public may not peruse the various state lottery websites looking for information on winners you can rest assured that every charity in the country (and many out of the country) do. The same is true of people selling everything from off shore investment schemes to internet snake oil. And the same goes for the con artists...identity thieves...get rich quick schemers and probably some plain old every day regular mooches as well.
The bottom line is whether you win $1 million or $100 million you are a lottery winner and that makes you a target for certain groups.
I agree. If you can claim as a trust you can escape some of it. But I do think even then you'd always have to be wary of the (as you so eloquently put it) natural parasites. Once somebody outside your "circle" knows (or even suspects) it would be hard to keep it a secret. And these parasites will seek you out and try to find you because that's what they do.
Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy. - Groucho Marx