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E! Television to air 'Curse of the Lottery' Sunday

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Kidzmom's avatar - cold
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Posted: September 23, 2006, 1:31 am - IP Logged

These are basically the same 4 or 5 stories that have been blown up for years.......................................So out of these people that have had bad luck, you trying to tell me that the rest of the unnamed lotto winners are having bad luck too? Somebody has to be happy!  If you think about it, most people's lives were already like this when they won, they just did not get sound advice about it.  Me, I am very happy with $10.00.  People are going to hound you to no end though.  I would have to research anything that has to be with a "blind trust" because I don't trust anybody to have that kind of control over my money but Jesus Christ!

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    I already know what I would struggle with, unless I won so much money it wouldn't matter. I know one family member who is high on my list and needs financial assistance, but if he slipped and told other family members, then that's where the problems would begin. I don't have anything now yet I ran into this when preparing my will.

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      Posted: September 23, 2006, 4:22 am - IP Logged

         .i know i wouldn't be cursed if i won.i wish they would do a show on what GOOD has happened with nice lottery winners.

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        Posted: September 23, 2006, 1:59 pm - IP Logged

        DD, I wasn't sure. $3 million.  Ouch!  That makes it even worse.  I think he was going for that one extra shot and his wife was going crazy and he was sweating so much that he caved in, but that must have really hurt!  Still, I'd love to win $675,000 but walking away knowing you actually had the $3 million in your case....  You're right - it was #25, which I think was his wedding anniversary or some special date.  Still, I probably would have walked away sooner, so I think he was very lucky. I wonder how many people would actually go for it when there was still a $1 case?

        i thought about trying to get on this show but they do casting calls. the last one was in new york city. i am a long way from there.

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          Posted: September 24, 2006, 1:07 am - IP Logged

          Regarding the original story here, just let me win a PB or MM jackpot and I will show everyone that it is NOT a curse. Banana

          They can choose to portray the "losers" if they like because after all, it's ratings they are after and sad stories sell....No Pity!

           

          I would bust their little bubble..Boxing 

          DD

          Exactly.

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            Posted: September 24, 2006, 2:54 am - IP Logged

            When I hear of drug/alcohol problems, I think those are problems that lottery winners had BEFORE they won the money. I know two different people who were lottery winners. One guy went to trade school with me and we never saw him back at school after he won. This guy wound up in jail so I don't even think he got to spend the money. This was in 1986 when the only option of payments was installments and not cash out. The 2nd person was a wife who's husband bought the ticket. When she was hired, she told ppl about the winnings. They blew that money big time. He got a Corvette, a BMW was repossed, they had this big house built, they were having marriage problems and they both like cocaine. It would be nice to hear some happy stories about lottery winners and I can't wait until I win to show ppl that we can be happy. If I won, I would pay off MY financial obligations to include my Jeep. Start with a clean slate. For one month, I would not buy ANYTHING. That one month is used to really think about how NOT to blow all of this money and what I am going to do with that money to make it work for me and to give back to the community. Notice I haven't quit my job? I want to stay under the radar as long as I can instead of going out buying a house/car right away. I have a new car I purchased two years ago, so I have transportation. I have a cheap 1BR in So Cal so I'm not homeless. I got plenty of time to buy a house when the time is right. Maybe cause I'm a little older, not into partying as much anymore and have seen a couple of examples of ppl who didn't take time to think about their new wealth.

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              They told me that I will also be on the show... I am the guy from Camarillo tha the clerk switched tickets with and tried to claim my $530,000 winnings.... He just pled guilty the other day and is looking at 5 1/2 years in prison... I have a problem with the sentence..I will get to that later...

              I still have all of my winnings... Put in a 6 month CD so I could think about how to invest it.... I think the problem with winners who wasted all their money comes down to one fact... They have never had money so they have no clue as to how fast it can disappear... Think of it this way.... How fast can you spend a thousand dollars? pretty fast.... A million dollars is one thousand... thousand dollar bills..... they want a new car.... they don't shop for price as they would have done before... they get all the options..... there goes 50 thousand dolar bills....950 left..... buy a house..... 500 thousand dollar bills (or more) they have 450 left.... furnish the house..you have to have new furnature in a new house.....theater room etc.... 100 thousand dollar bills.... you have 350 left.... Party for the friends.... 10 thousand dollar bills.... 340 left.... Vacation.... 25 thousand dollar bills.... 315 left... and so on till its all gone....

              I feel sorry for them but I am sure that they were given advice and did not pay any attention to it....

               

              As far as the 5 1/2 years in prison....I am troubled with the sentence.... Our system allows me as the "Victim" to make a statement at the sentencing hearing; it sounds easy doesn't it?  Many questions go through your mind; it’s not as easy as…. He did it. Lock him up. I find myself wondering if it is right to send a first time NON VIOLENT offender to prison. We all know from watching investigative reports and documentaries that the first thing he will need to learn upon entering our prison system is how to be VIOLENT so he can SURVIVE? This is in fact true... Yet we as a society justify it by claiming they are getting what they deserve. We speak for today, forgetting that someday this person, now DAMAGED by the time he spent in prison, who has learned to settle disputes with VIOLENCE, will someday be released and move back into our community; is that what we really want? How do you balance the need to punish with the true goal of rehabilitation? Will 5 ½ years in prison work any better than a year in jail and an extended period of time on formal probation? I have no clue… but I do have reservations about sending him to prison. My statement to the Court might not carry any weight… his fate may be sealed by law… I could remain silent and let the chips lay where they fall… living with my feelings that it is wrong. I am torn… Tomorrow everyone will forget this man and what happened to him, but I will always remember him…. What do I do?
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                Posted: September 24, 2006, 2:48 pm - IP Logged

                They told me that I will also be on the show... I am the guy from Camarillo tha the clerk switched tickets with and tried to claim my $530,000 winnings.... He just pled guilty the other day and is looking at 5 1/2 years in prison... I have a problem with the sentence..I will get to that later...

                I still have all of my winnings... Put in a 6 month CD so I could think about how to invest it.... I think the problem with winners who wasted all their money comes down to one fact... They have never had money so they have no clue as to how fast it can disappear... Think of it this way.... How fast can you spend a thousand dollars? pretty fast.... A million dollars is one thousand... thousand dollar bills..... they want a new car.... they don't shop for price as they would have done before... they get all the options..... there goes 50 thousand dolar bills....950 left..... buy a house..... 500 thousand dollar bills (or more) they have 450 left.... furnish the house..you have to have new furnature in a new house.....theater room etc.... 100 thousand dollar bills.... you have 350 left.... Party for the friends.... 10 thousand dollar bills.... 340 left.... Vacation.... 25 thousand dollar bills.... 315 left... and so on till its all gone....

                I feel sorry for them but I am sure that they were given advice and did not pay any attention to it....

                 

                As far as the 5 1/2 years in prison....I am troubled with the sentence.... Our system allows me as the "Victim" to make a statement at the sentencing hearing; it sounds easy doesn't it?  Many questions go through your mind; it’s not as easy as…. He did it. Lock him up. I find myself wondering if it is right to send a first time NON VIOLENT offender to prison. We all know from watching investigative reports and documentaries that the first thing he will need to learn upon entering our prison system is how to be VIOLENT so he can SURVIVE? This is in fact true... Yet we as a society justify it by claiming they are getting what they deserve. We speak for today, forgetting that someday this person, now DAMAGED by the time he spent in prison, who has learned to settle disputes with VIOLENCE, will someday be released and move back into our community; is that what we really want? How do you balance the need to punish with the true goal of rehabilitation? Will 5 ½ years in prison work any better than a year in jail and an extended period of time on formal probation? I have no clue… but I do have reservations about sending him to prison. My statement to the Court might not carry any weight… his fate may be sealed by law… I could remain silent and let the chips lay where they fall… living with my feelings that it is wrong. I am torn… Tomorrow everyone will forget this man and what happened to him, but I will always remember him…. What do I do?

                Yes NodFollow your conscious.  If your conscious is going to bug you, speak up for the guy.  Because if you don't it will be a thorn in your flesh.

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                  Posted: September 24, 2006, 3:39 pm - IP Logged

                  There are a lot of people who join this site and post that they are someone from a news article.  Sometimes we see 2 or 3 new names with one post and then they disappear into the dust. Assuming you are really Robert Sehested, I am sure you've received advice from the State Prosecutor's office. I was the victim of a crime and I certainly didn't go to an internet board to spill my guts and ask for advice. Anyway, as Tenaj suggested, just let your conscience be your guide and tell the truth.

                  Now, if you really want my opinion...5 years is a pretty reasonable sentence for grand larceny. After all, if someone broke into your home and robbed you and stole your car, I doubt if it would add up to 1/2 million bucks.  He could have gotten away with it too.  A couple of people on LP who accuse me of being a "liberal" might find it ironic that I say string the son-of-a *B* up and let him swing! He certainly didn't have much of a conscience when ripping you off, did he?

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                    There are a lot of people who join this site and post that they are someone from a news article.  Sometimes we see 2 or 3 new names with one post and then they disappear into the dust. Assuming you are really Robert Sehested, I am sure you've received advice from the State Prosecutor's office. I was the victim of a crime and I certainly didn't go to an internet board to spill my guts and ask for advice. Anyway, as Tenaj suggested, just let your conscience be your guide and tell the truth.

                    Now, if you really want my opinion...5 years is a pretty reasonable sentence for grand larceny. After all, if someone broke into your home and robbed you and stole your car, I doubt if it would add up to 1/2 million bucks.  He could have gotten away with it too.  A couple of people on LP who accuse me of being a "liberal" might find it ironic that I say string the son-of-a *B* up and let him swing! He certainly didn't have much of a conscience when ripping you off, did he?

                    I guess it was easy for me to say since it didn't happen to me.  If it had happened to me, I'll probably be saying "hang'em high"LOL  That is a lot of money to be out of.  The blow of being out of it would have been like a violent crime.

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                      Posted: September 25, 2006, 1:36 am - IP Logged

                      If someone stole my car I'd just laugh. Of course they would have to start it first.

                      I think loosing 500k that you won in a lottery would be far less tramatic then many violent crimes. 

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                        I find it hard to feel sorry for anybody that tried to fraud anyone.

                         

                        What if the shoe was on the other foot ?

                        What if he got away with it ?

                        Where does it stop ?

                        Who else has he done it to and gotten away with, even if it's a low-dollar ticket ?

                         

                        I agree, 5 1/2 years is a bit much, but it's the dollar amount - what if your financial manager squandered all of your winnings and left you with nothing ?   Would you feel any different towards him/her ?   It happens all the time, go ask Kareem-Abdul Jabbar, his 'accountant' lost almost every penny he (Kareem) had - 38 million IIRC.  (If I Recall). 

                        Therein lies the problem - setting a precedent - if everyone else that has committed fraud prior to this has received a 5 1/2 year sentence, then he has to get it also.  If he didn't, you'd see the appeals court fill up in one day - 'why me and not him ?'.

                         

                        IRONBELLE - has it right - don't buy anything for a month, think about it.   It's funny, but I have had that plan in place for 9 years now - if there is any item I WANT but don't NEED - like if I walk through a store and see a big-screen TV or something, yeah, I can afford it, but I go home and sleep on it. If I still want it 2 days later, I go back.  95% of the time I don't go back.   That has saved me from buying a ton of junk I don't need. 

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                          There are a lot of people who join this site and post that they are someone from a news article.  Sometimes we see 2 or 3 new names with one post and then they disappear into the dust. Assuming you are really Robert Sehested, I am sure you've received advice from the State Prosecutor's office. I was the victim of a crime and I certainly didn't go to an internet board to spill my guts and ask for advice. Anyway, as Tenaj suggested, just let your conscience be your guide and tell the truth.

                          Now, if you really want my opinion...5 years is a pretty reasonable sentence for grand larceny. After all, if someone broke into your home and robbed you and stole your car, I doubt if it would add up to 1/2 million bucks.  He could have gotten away with it too.  A couple of people on LP who accuse me of being a "liberal" might find it ironic that I say string the son-of-a *B* up and let him swing! He certainly didn't have much of a conscience when ripping you off, did he?

                          Let's see.... Feb 14 was his 50th birthday and he bought 50 tickets..... What do you think the 2-14-56 stands for in bob21456.... How about this..... send an email to robertsehested or bobsehested @aol.com I will send you a picture.....then you can apologies for calling me an imposter...
                          Who is spilling their guts out? If you didn't have you head stuck up your *** and thought about the big picture, maybe you would consider that our prison system is a criminal college. We lock them up and they come back to our community worse than when they left.... I am still sitting on the fence about what happened.... I am looking for opinions from others to see if my thinking is sound.... I am concerned that it took him 2 months after being arrested to admit his crime.... That is my sticking point right now.... I am really interested in what Osama has to say at the sentencing hearing.... that will be the final test for me.... As for now..if you can not loose the high and mighty attitude and give an honest thoughtful response.... then go away
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                            If you e-mail  jack.nicholson@cox.net  you can get me, but I'm not Jack Nicholson...  not doubting you, but anyone can take a name if it's available, and even you have to admit it's odd that you won the mini-lottery in February, and today is your very first posting on here - in coincidence with a TV show......

                             

                            A final thought - what if you won 'the big one', a clerk checked your ticket, saw it was the winner, and handed it back to you.  Now let's say he follows you out the door and shoots you in your car and takes it ?   I know that's a worst-case scenario, but what if ?  

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                              If you e-mail  jack.nicholson@cox.net  you can get me, but I'm not Jack Nicholson...  not doubting you, but anyone can take a name if it's available, and even you have to admit it's odd that you won the mini-lottery in February, and today is your very first posting on here - in coincidence with a TV show......

                               

                              A final thought - what if you won 'the big one', a clerk checked your ticket, saw it was the winner, and handed it back to you.  Now let's say he follows you out the door and shoots you in your car and takes it ?   I know that's a worst-case scenario, but what if ?  

                              Did you watch the show.... remember what I look like..... That is why I offered to send a picture..... or maybe I followed him to San Diego and and went on a two day tuna fishing trip with him just to get his picture????