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Record powerball lottery winner reflects on sad life

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Posted: September 15, 2007, 6:14 pm - IP Logged

If we get nothing else out of this, I'd say remember this from the OP folks:

"Every friend that I've had, practically, has wanted to borrow money or something and of course, once they borrow money from you, you can't be friends anymore."

Amen!

And I'd probably add that if a friend asks for money and you don't give it to them, you can't be friends anymore.  So since you're gonna lose a friend either way, I think the choice is clear.  Hold onto your money and let 'em walk away if that's what they're gonna do. 

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    Mr. Sense had been with us for many years.
    No one knows for sure how old he was since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

    He will be remembered as having cultivated such value lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm and that life isn't always fair. 

    Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn) and reliable Parenting strategies (adults, not kids, are in charge).

    His health began to rapidly deteriorate when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place.

    Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

    Mr. Sense declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer aspirin to a student; but, could not inform the parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

    Finally, Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband; churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. 

    Common Sense finally  gave up the ghost after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot, she spilled a bit in her lap, and was awarded a huge financial settlement. 

    Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust, his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason.

    He is survived by two stepbrothers; My Rights and Ima Whiner.

    Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

    So sad as there was nothing common about Common Sense

    Thinking of...

    "Common Sense" is way over rated.

    In many lexicons the word "common" implies "worthless."

    The fact is that so called "common sense" consists largely of a bunch of meaningless platitudes of the "one size fits all" kind of thinking that has attempted to substitute banalities for reason and garbage sound bites for careful analysis.

    It is easy to engage in lazy thinking that tries to place values by appeal to a few largely irrelevant examples.  It is far more difficult to judge individual events on their individual merits.

    Regrettably this sort of junk thinking has been increasingly prevalent and in fact, it is destroying the world.  The worst part is probably that many people who have nothing to offer beyond junk thinking are actually proud of offering it. 

    Actually it happens that on a scale of 1 to 10 on things that matter to the future, the importance of the famous coffee cup case rates a zero.      In fact, there is not one useful or insightful piece of information represented in the rant, not one matter raised that is worth a hill of beans.    I mean are we so lazy and distracted that we are supposed to consider the issue of mouthwash in a high school as an indicator of our world's problems?

    As for Mr. Whittaker, he is in trouble because he did not weigh events on an appropriately profound level.  He blundered into his private disaster by exactly the kind of thinking that is evoked by the alleged "common sense" garbage.  In fact, every single thing he has done has happened because of knee jerk thinking on his part, the idea that what happened to him was easily dealth with.  One can easily see that he was confused about the gravity of things that are equivalent to confusing the gravity of being denied aspirin and being denied an abortion.   

    One seldom meets someone who whines about the value of so called "common sense" who has a sense of sense in any sense.  In fact, the minute you hear from someone about so called "common sense," you should immediately be prepared for a bunch of big, big, big trouble, maybe disasterous trouble.    In my lifetime, in fact, I wish that when I'd heard about "common sense" from some of the people I heard it from, that I had run for the door.   

    One of the greatest examples of a blundering fool with simplistic and foggy headed notions of the type who blathers about so called "common sense," can be found inhabiting the Oval Office of the United States, where reckless destruction is now taking place on a scale that will take generations to correct.    This mindless twit is still trying to tell us that Saddam Hussein was Osama bin Laden and he seems not to have noticed that the latter guy is still alive.  In fact, more Americans have been killed and maimed by this confusion than were killed and maimed in the World Trade Center bombing, now six years past, and largely forgotten, most rapidly by the same people who plastered their cars with American flags and "never forget" bumperstickers, and then "support our troops" yellow ribbons.

    As for the "Support our troops" yellow ribbons, it was precisely that set of lazy thinkers toting this stuff who ignored the Walter Reed scandal - in which wounded soldiers were being forced to live with vermim, and being denied basic help.  The continuous recycling of our tired and worn out soldiers in three or four tours in a battle that has nothing to do with US security,  is also ignored by our lazy thinkers who think that life can be summed by the contents of a yellow ribbon and a "never forget" bumper sticker.  In fact, the "Never Forgetters" have the attention span of rabbits, not that I wish to insult rabbits.

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      Posted: September 15, 2007, 11:33 pm - IP Logged

      You don't loan friends money ,If you have it to spare you give it to them. that way you don't look for nothing back.

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        Posted: September 16, 2007, 12:20 am - IP Logged

        You don't loan friends money ,If you have it to spare you give it to them. that way you don't look for nothing back.

        Lee123

        A jackpot winner as interviewed oin one of the documentaires and he told of giving people a million dollars each- and every single person he gave a million dollars coming back asking for more.  

        I think when we're talking about hitting a jackpot it's a little different than loaning out $100 or so.

        Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

        Lep

        There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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          Lee123

          A jackpot winner as interviewed oin one of the documentaires and he told of giving people a million dollars each- and every single person he gave a million dollars coming back asking for more.  

          I think when we're talking about hitting a jackpot it's a little different than loaning out $100 or so.

          On the old television show "the Millionaire" that guy gave away a million dollars to different people and it ended up ruining their lives.

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            On the old television show "the Millionaire" that guy gave away a million dollars to different people and it ended up ruining their lives.

            If there's anyone who wants to give me a million bucks, I'll take that chance!  After all, if I'm going to be poor & miserable, I might as well be rich & miserable.

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              Posted: September 16, 2007, 2:08 am - IP Logged

              I have a hard time feeling sorry for this guy. He made a lot of mistakes and blamed the lottery for it all. There's a smart way and a dumb way of handling the winnings. This is just a classic case of how not to handle the winnings.

              "Greed makes people do strange things."

              -classic Peanuts cartoon strip

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                After reading this article, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A36338-2005Jan25.html, it seemed that this man had become very arrogance after hitting the power jackpot. His problems were mostly consequenced from giving excessive allowances to his granddaughter, $5000 a day. Therefore she attracted peers that liked her money more than her life quality. He was the one to blame for her death by providing a massive resource to her drug habits, money.

                 

                 This windfall can be considered as a punishment from a religious point of view. Building a big church for people to worship can be view as an act in defining God. No matter how small a church is; If God wants to stay there, don't REMOVE him. I don't say that I know God, but basically daily worshipers can think removal of church is an spritual attack. 

                 

                He has defined nature law because in my belief if something happen to his life; the nature tries to tell him to change. Listen to it, and do something right. Oppositely, he has bragged to the news that he would stay the same.

                Stay the same house - People keep knocking his door, and sending mails to him.

                Stay the same phone number - People keep calling.

                Stay in the same neighborhood - He is a Cash picking target.

                Stay the same drunken attitude - Keep asking for trouble.

                 

                Jack Whittaker's CASH SPENDING I.Q.  is extremely low. He DROPPED OUT too soon must be the cause.

                 This is his destiny, winning a big jackpot by buying $1 quick pick as RARELY, irregular player.

                 

                I think he should write a book about his life because he only has 10 more years to remain on earth, according to his words in the article above. It will be a good source for us to analyze, what we should not do in details to avoid a troubling life ater winning the lottery. But I don't think his book will become a bestseller.

                I don't try to pick on him, but he should change his name to Jug Whiskey. it just suits him well. You can find more at http://www.kabalarians.com for more info.

                 

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                  Posted: September 16, 2007, 1:12 pm - IP Logged

                  Well we definitley can say winning a then record jackpot, hanging out in strip clubs and letting it be known that there's a quarter of a milion dollars cash in the trunk of your car is not a real good idea. 

                  Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

                  Lep

                  There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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                    Well we definitley can say winning a then record jackpot, hanging out in strip clubs and letting it be known that there's a quarter of a milion dollars cash in the trunk of your car is not a real good idea. 

                    If this story does not convince people to remain anonymous after winning a jackpot, I don't know what will.

                    Smart lottery winners form trust to claim their winnings.  They send an attorney to the lottery headquarters to claim the prize in trust, so that ONLY the name of the trust is revealed.  And they tell NO ONE, especially relatives.

                    If you ever win a lottery and you are single, the only person you should ever marry is someone who was truly in love with you BEFORE you won the jackpot!

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                      If this story does not convince people to remain anonymous after winning a jackpot, I don't know what will.

                      Are you the "Cash Only" of anonymity? LOL

                       

                      Believe me, I agree with you 100%. 

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                        If this story does not convince people to remain anonymous after winning a jackpot, I don't know what will.

                        Jack wasn't that kind of guy (he was a proud boastful man ) and there are many like him he was a good old boy who was an upstanding citizen. When he won the lottery he never dreamed that people would treat him differently than they did before the win. Something snapped after he won he went trough some really weird conversations with the elders of his church whatever happened after that is history now. Nevertheless he snapped an went on a wild trip. Shortly after his win it was said that his wife wouldn't even make him a cup of coffee in the morning. She shunned him the church elders shunned him and he looked elsewhere for an outlet. The road he traveled after that was of his choosing. He had every opportunity to change the way things were going and apparently didn't take any steps to fix his problem.

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                          Some things that come to mind here, regarding 'trust':

                          If I won a million, or 300 million, it makes no difference as I am sure some folks would be asking me for $5,000-10,000, these are folks I would not trust with $5 let alone $5,000.

                          My friends are friends I can call, and they call me, it's not a one-way friendship. And by the same token, I EXPECT them to call me when they need help, be it moving, painting, or cutting down a tree, etc.  If I don't have a two-way friendship, then those folks are not friends, they are what you call acquaintances.... I have hundreds of them.   And I'm not complaining, I have plenty of 'true' friends.

                          Life can be as easy as you make it, or as difficult as you make it, it's your choice. 

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                            Are you the "Cash Only" of anonymity? LOL

                             

                            Believe me, I agree with you 100%. 

                            You could say that..... LOL

                             

                             Speaking of "Cash Only", does he still post on Lottery Post.  I haven't seen a message from him in over a month.

                            Smart lottery winners form trust to claim their winnings.  They send an attorney to the lottery headquarters to claim the prize in trust, so that ONLY the name of the trust is revealed.  And they tell NO ONE, especially relatives.

                            If you ever win a lottery and you are single, the only person you should ever marry is someone who was truly in love with you BEFORE you won the jackpot!

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                              You could say that..... LOL

                               

                               Speaking of "Cash Only", does he still post on Lottery Post.  I haven't seen a message from him in over a month.

                              Nope- His last post was February 24th.