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Man refuses $4 million lottery win

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justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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Posted: September 21, 2007, 2:31 am - IP Logged

There have been people in this country who has won a lottery jackpot and didn't want the hassle of dealing with a bunch of greedy people they didn't know hounding them about it.  They just never showed up to claim it and allowed the state to keep it or gave the winning ticket anonymously to a charity. 

You really think that's why there have been so many unclaimed jackpots?  I can't imagine anyone would simply decide "I don't want to be rich" and throw away a winning ticket.

I noticed this man's name isn't printed.  I wonder if it's so people don't harass him.  By the way, I agree with Tenaj that he might have a good life, but he didn't say he had family & friends, he said he had nobody to share it with. Also, 70 isn't so old that he might not change his mind in the next 20 years and discover he's made a huge mistake.  Germany has socialized medicine I think, but money can assure that he'll be well cared for should he become ill and bedridden.  Something is really wrong with this whole story.  I can understand not wanting such a large jackpot, but as others have written, he could do something charitable with the entire amount without ever taking the money, like assign it over to a church or an orphanage.

    RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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    Posted: September 21, 2007, 2:54 am - IP Logged

    You really think that's why there have been so many unclaimed jackpots?  I can't imagine anyone would simply decide "I don't want to be rich" and throw away a winning ticket.

    I noticed this man's name isn't printed.  I wonder if it's so people don't harass him.  By the way, I agree with Tenaj that he might have a good life, but he didn't say he had family & friends, he said he had nobody to share it with. Also, 70 isn't so old that he might not change his mind in the next 20 years and discover he's made a huge mistake.  Germany has socialized medicine I think, but money can assure that he'll be well cared for should he become ill and bedridden.  Something is really wrong with this whole story.  I can understand not wanting such a large jackpot, but as others have written, he could do something charitable with the entire amount without ever taking the money, like assign it over to a church or an orphanage.

    Certainly large prizes have gone unclaimed and I can't imagine why anyone would show up to say they didn't want the prize when the option of never showing up at all is available.  That's what I would do if I won something I didn't want.

     * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
       
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      justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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      Posted: September 21, 2007, 5:44 am - IP Logged

      Certainly large prizes have gone unclaimed and I can't imagine why anyone would show up to say they didn't want the prize when the option of never showing up at all is available.  That's what I would do if I won something I didn't want.

      The question is:  Why would you pay for a ticket to win something you didn't want? 

        dumars798's avatar - batman17
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        Posted: September 21, 2007, 9:00 am - IP Logged

        Please STOP PLAYING 

        LOTTERY IF YOU FEEL

        THIS WAY,I thought

        i heard it all,but i doubt

        if any story can top this!!!!!!!! 


                Smart bets...... Equal Phat Pocket$!

                             

                     





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          Posted: September 21, 2007, 9:10 am - IP Logged

          Very simple.  Give the money to the poor and needy. 

            ladygirl99's avatar - candle
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            Posted: September 21, 2007, 9:45 am - IP Logged

            I will take it, Shoot me an pm here and we can be the best of friends rofl.Cheers

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              Posted: September 21, 2007, 3:55 pm - IP Logged

              Very simple.  Give the money to the poor and needy. 

              Hyper ME!!! ME!!! That would be me.

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                Posted: September 21, 2007, 5:06 pm - IP Logged

                The man sounds very cute, and almost sad, but if he knew he won and would turn the money down, couldn't he try to find a nice young couple walking on the street to give it too?

                "If you just keep believing, that dream that you wish will come true"

                Bed

                 

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                  Posted: September 21, 2007, 6:00 pm - IP Logged

                  According to the Ananova news service, a German pensioner who won £2 million (US$4 million) playing the lottery refused the cash because he didn't know what to do with it.

                  The 70-year-old man from Hameln, Lower Saxony, went to the HQ of the German lottery association in Hanover after finding out about his win and told them he did not want the money.

                  He reportedly said: "What would I do with so much money? My wife has already passed away, my parents are dead, I have no children and no other relatives. I don't want it."

                  He said he had only bought the lottery ticket out of a habit because his late wife had been a passionate player.

                  Lottery officials said they were trying to persuade him to keep the money.

                  I'll bet you $4 his deceased wife (God bless her soul) is rolling over in her grave right now.

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                    Posted: September 21, 2007, 6:04 pm - IP Logged

                    Oh My God. That's my uncle 

                    ROFL

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                      Posted: September 21, 2007, 6:24 pm - IP Logged

                      And I am here wanting 500K....

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                        Posted: September 21, 2007, 6:43 pm - IP Logged

                        SmileyHe could just want attention too just like somebody said.  I betcha he'll take the money.

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                          Posted: September 21, 2007, 7:01 pm - IP Logged

                          I don't follow basketball, very seldom but in my blog you will read about a player named Kirilenko who left a 63 million dollar NBA deal...To go to his native country russia and play...Well we can say that to each his own, but that wouldn't have been my decision, i wouldn't have gone to my native country and play, i would have stayed right here in the States....I don't know why people are leaving this high rich wins for something less...They must know what they are doing...

                            justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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                            Posted: September 21, 2007, 7:13 pm - IP Logged

                            I don't follow basketball, very seldom but in my blog you will read about a player named Kirilenko who left a 63 million dollar NBA deal...To go to his native country russia and play...Well we can say that to each his own, but that wouldn't have been my decision, i wouldn't have gone to my native country and play, i would have stayed right here in the States....I don't know why people are leaving this high rich wins for something less...They must know what they are doing...

                            I think he might have been homesick, Pumpi.  I worked with a woman from Cuba who almost died getting here so she could taste our freedom and she missed her native country.  She kept saying "I hope Castro dies soon and the government changes."  When you are born and raised in a land where all your ancestors lived and you still have family & friends living there, I think there's some kind of connection that's hard to break.

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                              Posted: September 21, 2007, 11:43 pm - IP Logged

                              According to the Ananova news service, a German pensioner who won £2 million (US$4 million) playing the lottery refused the cash because he didn't know what to do with it.

                              The 70-year-old man from Hameln, Lower Saxony, went to the HQ of the German lottery association in Hanover after finding out about his win and told them he did not want the money.

                              He reportedly said: "What would I do with so much money? My wife has already passed away, my parents are dead, I have no children and no other relatives. I don't want it."

                              He said he had only bought the lottery ticket out of a habit because his late wife had been a passionate player.

                              Lottery officials said they were trying to persuade him to keep the money.

                              I'd wait about 5 or 6 years, just to make sure I had the best lawyers on my side.

                              some  states  only  give  you  a  year  to  collect  the  money ;

                              the  reason  some  people  don't  come  forward  is  they  know  millions  will  be  watching  them  and  asking  questions ....and  mabey  there  is  no  one  left  in  their  lives  that  they  care  about;

                              people  need  a  reason  to  No Pity! live .......