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24 year-old Calif. man claims lottery riches

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Posted: January 9, 2009, 11:03 pm - IP Logged

good to hear a young guy winning millions and not some 70 plus year old who has lung cancer

You don't want someone like me (an old man with cancer) to win? Why? I'm not angry, just curious....

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    Posted: January 9, 2009, 11:48 pm - IP Logged

    Congrats from one Jersey native to another.

    He has a cool name too, dontcha think?

     

    Congrats Todd! May this enable you to realize your dreams!

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      Posted: January 10, 2009, 2:10 am - IP Logged

      I am sure it would be very nice to win at any age, but the sooner you win, the more years you have to enjoy it.

      I'm kind of with justX on this. There are plenty of people who managed to lose it all before dying, so they wouldn't have enjoyed it for any longer if they had won when they were a few years younger.  OTOH, perhaps a few of the people who went broke would have made it last longer if they had been 10 years older when they won.  I expect that the vast majority of people would be better at handling sudden wealth when they're 40 than when they're 20 to 25.

      I might have been able to have more fun per year when I was 25 than now, but I'd much rather be retired and financially secure from 50 to 80+ than be rich from 20 to 30 and then be broke again. Not that I think I would have blown it if I won in my 20's, but I think very few people can really be sure how well they'd handle sudden wealth, especially at a young age. That said, if I win the $120 million PB tomorrow, part of me will be thinking I'd have been happier winning $10 million 20 years ago.

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        Posted: January 10, 2009, 2:51 am - IP Logged

        In my opinion, I don't think its the age at all that deserves to win.  Its a good person who deserves to win.  Everyone has a story to tell at any age.  The 20 year old who wants to pay for college and help out his parents who may be sturggling...the 40 year old who has worked hard at his job for 20+years to support the family..the 60 year old who wants to retire in style cuz dang it he/she deserves it...and the 80 year old who dreams of leaving some money to the kids...the grandkids....and event the great grandkids.

         

        I'm happy for anyone who wins a large amount of money no matter how old they are.  We ALL have a story that we would love to have a chance to tell.

        Mine?  Well lets just say I'm 35..I got 3 kids...my husband and I have been married for 17 years and we worked hard trying to get by.  We struggled the whole way, but we do it together and that all that  counts.  With every step forward...we had taken 5 steps back.  Luck has never been on our side lol.  Things are looking pretty bad for us financially and we are again struggling to survive.  I play my dollar cuz they say a dollar for a dream and hope for the best.  I have given up all extras in life so I can at least have my internet lol... A click of the mouse and I'm in Hawaii...then Japan...then Italy lol...cheaper then a plane ticket.

        Im GETTING old (at least I feel old).........do I deserve to win?  YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

         

        And so does everyone else on LP no matter how old you are!!!!!!   LOL

        PLAY ON

        Surrender You can run, but you can't hide mighty Jackpot...surrender to me at once!

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          Posted: January 10, 2009, 3:32 am - IP Logged

          Man, I am really happy for him. He has many years ahead to enjoy his winning.

          I am studying Business Major also. I wish that happens on me. Big Smile

           

          Sometimes I think that only people with a good story about their lottery purchases would win, such as a honey moon trip, a compelling feeling to purchase, advanced prinited-out tickets, birthday numbers. For many times, I wanted to tell my story to the world too. I purchased lottery tickets in a place I loved to visit, Foster City in CA. I purchased lottery when I filled up my tank, when I bought cold medicine for my Mom, when I travelled to Oregon. Most likely, however, I never won even $1.

          I remember one time in Oregon, I purchased a Powerball ticket that had been printed out in advanced. That night I could bearly sleep in the Westin Hotel in Ashland, Oregon. My heart was pounding all night. I thought this was it. My chance had come. When morning came, I was disappointed; the jackpot rolled over $220 millions. I bought more tickets on the following Sunday morning with Multi-draw. Yet, luck was not on my side. Still I did not win.

           

          Now, I think that any reason would be a good story once you have the winning ticket in hand. It's a good story because it's a winner story.

           

          PS: Is Multi-draw an option for naive people? what if the drawing computer scans your multi-draw numbers and avoid to draw that numbers.

          Dingo,

           

              A great post that you wrote ... but I have to point out that I don't think the Advance Play option is a naive  choice, because of course he drawings are mostly done with a Ball Drop not a Computer generation (Except I believe in Tennessee)

           

           

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            Posted: January 10, 2009, 6:00 am - IP Logged

            Does that make you guys kind of mad that young people like this win the Lottery???

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              Posted: January 10, 2009, 9:38 am - IP Logged

              Having just turned 20 a couple months ago, it's good to hear when someone younger gets to win the jackpot, it always seems to be people who are middle-aged and older and already have most of what they want out of life, and don't desire to make much change. Not to say they don't deserve it by any stretch, it's just that I haven't seen a single story with anyone under 30-40 years of age hitting a jackpot until now. Cool story.

              Let's see what your desires are when you reach middle age.

              I believe anyone who plays have some desires and dreams of what they want to do with the big win if they win it. Or why else, why would they play. I do know that there are some people who play just for the glory of the game or the excitement that gambling brings them, but that's rare.

              We all have needs and dreams. Many young people don't understand this because they have not experienced the trials and tribulations that us older folks have, as yet.

              Feeling,  PRICELESS!!!Banana

              Come on Jackpot!!!

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                Posted: January 10, 2009, 9:40 am - IP Logged

                Does that make you guys kind of mad that young people like this win the Lottery???

                No.

                I think we're happy for almost anyone who wins.

                Except the convicted rapist that won some years ago.

                Feeling,  PRICELESS!!!Banana

                Come on Jackpot!!!

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                  Posted: January 10, 2009, 9:43 am - IP Logged

                  In my opinion, I don't think its the age at all that deserves to win.  Its a good person who deserves to win.  Everyone has a story to tell at any age.  The 20 year old who wants to pay for college and help out his parents who may be sturggling...the 40 year old who has worked hard at his job for 20+years to support the family..the 60 year old who wants to retire in style cuz dang it he/she deserves it...and the 80 year old who dreams of leaving some money to the kids...the grandkids....and event the great grandkids.

                   

                  I'm happy for anyone who wins a large amount of money no matter how old they are.  We ALL have a story that we would love to have a chance to tell.

                  Mine?  Well lets just say I'm 35..I got 3 kids...my husband and I have been married for 17 years and we worked hard trying to get by.  We struggled the whole way, but we do it together and that all that  counts.  With every step forward...we had taken 5 steps back.  Luck has never been on our side lol.  Things are looking pretty bad for us financially and we are again struggling to survive.  I play my dollar cuz they say a dollar for a dream and hope for the best.  I have given up all extras in life so I can at least have my internet lol... A click of the mouse and I'm in Hawaii...then Japan...then Italy lol...cheaper then a plane ticket.

                  Im GETTING old (at least I feel old).........do I deserve to win?  YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                   

                  And so does everyone else on LP no matter how old you are!!!!!!   LOL

                  PLAY ON

                  Wonderful note, very inspiring.  Sorry to hear of your situation, but as they say, this too shall pass.

                   

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                    Posted: January 10, 2009, 9:52 am - IP Logged

                    No.

                    I think we're happy for almost anyone who wins.

                    Except the convicted rapist that won some years ago.

                    It doesn't make me angry for those who win.  I am not happy for anyone who does  because they are complete strangers.  IMO how can you be truly for someone you dont know.  The only exception to that for me, is TRULY if someone here on LP  announced that they won.   although I don't know anyone personally, there still has been some level of communication and I would feel happy that someone I know (write to) that shared some life experiences and opinions with me, won the lottery and their life is made a bit smoother,.I truly would feel happy for them. 

                    For the sex offenders and criminals that win.  GOD knows I am not happy for them but it makes me feel better because I always think, maybe its all just dumb luck, not Karma, God or anything else. Cause if THEY can win, anyone can.

                    SO that being said,  someone on LP hurry up and win so I can finally say I "KNOW" SOMEONE WHO ACTUALLY WON THE LOTTERY!Thumbs Up

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                      Posted: January 10, 2009, 9:59 am - IP Logged

                      Su-Weet.

                      Also have to say that I concur heartily with JustX and KYFloyd--I've been here for a while and see the younger ones posting hot cars and huge homes as their first purchase--I think the clue is to know yourself so completely that you will be able to make your money do what you wish it to--without attracting undue attention--but that's just my opinion.

                      Best of luck--young'un--hope you feel on top of the world a year from now, and for many years thereafter.

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                        It doesn't make me angry for those who win.  I am not happy for anyone who does  because they are complete strangers.  IMO how can you be truly for someone you dont know.  The only exception to that for me, is TRULY if someone here on LP  announced that they won.   although I don't know anyone personally, there still has been some level of communication and I would feel happy that someone I know (write to) that shared some life experiences and opinions with me, won the lottery and their life is made a bit smoother,.I truly would feel happy for them. 

                        For the sex offenders and criminals that win.  GOD knows I am not happy for them but it makes me feel better because I always think, maybe its all just dumb luck, not Karma, God or anything else. Cause if THEY can win, anyone can.

                        SO that being said,  someone on LP hurry up and win so I can finally say I "KNOW" SOMEONE WHO ACTUALLY WON THE LOTTERY!Thumbs Up

                        Are you really angery that a stranger won, or just indifference in your feelings towards the winner. This is understandable.  Unless the winners post a hardship story when they win and tell how the win is going to help them, we usually can get that warm cozy feeling of happiness for them. Until they show up a year or two later showing how they messed up their winnings, loss everything,  in court because of the winnings, killed themselves because the money didn't bring them happiness etc..etc.

                        And then....How well do you know your LP family?Skeptical

                        Feeling,  PRICELESS!!!Banana

                        Come on Jackpot!!!

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                          Posted: January 10, 2009, 3:33 pm - IP Logged

                          Awesome win, congratulations to him for having won .... using his own numbers!!!!!  Best wishes for however he chooses to utilize his newfound fortune.  Party

                          Am always happy for anyone anywhere who lines up their energy and wins a jackpot.

                          Good luck to everyone!

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                            Just because you are middle-aged doesn't mean that you already have most of what you want out of life!

                            Maybe you have lost your job, and can't get one because you are middle-aged.

                            Maybe you have been chronically ill for 22 years and are now disabled.

                            Maybe most of what you have wanted to do has always been out of reach, and that is why you play.

                            I believe that my story would be"cool' too.

                            dploy1!

                            Thanks for posting this....

                            I'd like to think that every person on this site has an amazing story to tell....I know I do!

                            I get more joy out of hearing the "stories behind the win" than I do about the fact that someone won.

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                              Posted: January 10, 2009, 4:39 pm - IP Logged

                              Look at that smile on the guy's face in picture. 3 words...

                              must be nice!