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'Lucky': a look at the lives of lottery winners, on HBO

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rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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Posted: July 20, 2010, 11:27 am - IP Logged

They said that 70% of lottery tickets are played with Quick Picks, not that 70% won using quick picks.  Although I understand that the percentage won using quick picks is around 70%, I didn't see them mention that on the show.  I'm not sure why, I was expecting to see it right after they gave the percentage played.

I agree about Buddy (or whatever his name was).

One thing that kind of bothered me was in the meat packing plant.  They interviewed a guy sitting in a truck who said he was "glad" he wasn't in the pool of players who won.  He didn't want all the "troubles" that the winners supposedly have.  But then in the next scene he's saying that he plays Powerball all the time now, and they showed him in the store buying tickets.  What a liar.  If he really was glad he wasn't a winner, why would he be playing Powerball all the time now?  So he could "not win"?

I don't understand why these people can't just say, "Gee, I wish it was me, now I'm going to try and do the same thing they did."  Why do they have to go running these winners down all the time?

"They said that 70% of lottery tickets are played with Quick Picks, not that 70% won using quick picks.  Although I understand that the percentage won using quick picks is around 70%, I didn't see them mention that on the show.  I'm not sure why, I was expecting to see it right after they gave the percentage played."

 

Now, the answer to that question has proven to be just a tad controversial as of late.


                                             
                     
                                         

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                   

"The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                            --Edmund Burke

 

 

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    Posted: July 20, 2010, 4:10 pm - IP Logged

    You obviously think there's a secret to winning that most of these players had in common. I think this show will show winners are as random as the games results and the only commonality among them is they all bought winning tickets.

    Like any other part of life, stuff happens and people act uniquely base on their unique circumstances.

    I totally agree with you RJOH!-weshar75

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      Posted: July 20, 2010, 5:04 pm - IP Logged

      They said that 70% of lottery tickets are played with Quick Picks, not that 70% won using quick picks.  Although I understand that the percentage won using quick picks is around 70%, I didn't see them mention that on the show.  I'm not sure why, I was expecting to see it right after they gave the percentage played.

      I agree about Buddy (or whatever his name was).

      One thing that kind of bothered me was in the meat packing plant.  They interviewed a guy sitting in a truck who said he was "glad" he wasn't in the pool of players who won.  He didn't want all the "troubles" that the winners supposedly have.  But then in the next scene he's saying that he plays Powerball all the time now, and they showed him in the store buying tickets.  What a liar.  If he really was glad he wasn't a winner, why would he be playing Powerball all the time now?  So he could "not win"?

      I don't understand why these people can't just say, "Gee, I wish it was me, now I'm going to try and do the same thing they did."  Why do they have to go running these winners down all the time?

      Todd, I'm thinking it's because they are jealous. I don't like pulling the "jus jealous" card, but it seems like that. And I agree, that it makes no sense for that one guy to say he was glad to not to be part of the pool that won because of the hassles of winning yet, he is playing Powerball trying to win. Weird. Crazy

      "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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        Posted: July 21, 2010, 6:04 am - IP Logged

        I'm so sick of hearing about winners who are "lonely" and have "troubles." You know what?? I have the exact same problems except I'm f***ing BROKE.

        Only really dumb people who were gonna be miserable anyway let a jackpot ruin their lives.

        "...a chance to push everything aside, the circumstances that've controlled our lives, and do it our way now. Good, bad or otherwise. You'll maybe get lost in it, tied up in it a little bit, but if you work your way through that the real you shows up, I think. Maybe what's at your core deep down, maybe that comes out. Maybe that's what it's about." Mike Pace 

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          Posted: July 21, 2010, 9:42 am - IP Logged

          It would be interesting to know who, if anyone, would give it all back to go back to what they were before they won.

          With some of the horror stories out there, it seems certain people would have been better off not winning. The guy that won and said his family

          would like to see him dead....!! I wonder who changed, him or them. Then the guy who said people are resentful when they find out you've won

          the lottery...I think winning big money brings paranoia with it to some people. They might make half the problems they have settling into a 'they

          are out to use me/kill me/take my money' mentality. (This happened to Shakesphere but that's a very unusual case) Acquiring big money is more

          than just having the ability to 'get whatever you want, live like you think you want, be on easy street'...everyone wants that but they are not willing

          to consider it might change their lives in ways they never considered. A person never knows what changes they'll face and how they'll react until

          they win. When someone says, they're not the same person they used to be...I'm sure there's a lot of truth in that statement concerning some

          winners. I'm sure they're their own worst nightmare.

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            Posted: July 21, 2010, 5:59 pm - IP Logged

            Yea!!! I'm excited to watch this HBO documentary movie, I've been waiting since the first time Todd informed us it was being filmed.Smile

            I was hoping to be our group's "hero" by uploading the link to watching the FREE version of this movie from HBO ... yet when I went to the major FREE, no joining requirements, online streaming websites (channel 131, megavideo, project free tv, hulu, etc.) nobody yet had uploaded it to either the "TV" or "MOVIE" database sides.

            Therefore, would some other member who is more computer savvy PLEASE upload a link to this 1.5 hoiur HBO movie, "Lucky" soon ... be the LotteryPost.com HERO of the day, today!

            Hiding Behind Computer

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              Posted: July 21, 2010, 7:43 pm - IP Logged

              Yea!!! I'm excited to watch this HBO documentary movie, I've been waiting since the first time Todd informed us it was being filmed.Smile

              I was hoping to be our group's "hero" by uploading the link to watching the FREE version of this movie from HBO ... yet when I went to the major FREE, no joining requirements, online streaming websites (channel 131, megavideo, project free tv, hulu, etc.) nobody yet had uploaded it to either the "TV" or "MOVIE" database sides.

              Therefore, would some other member who is more computer savvy PLEASE upload a link to this 1.5 hoiur HBO movie, "Lucky" soon ... be the LotteryPost.com HERO of the day, today!

              Hiding Behind Computer

              color me curious as well Twitch

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                Posted: July 21, 2010, 9:16 pm - IP Logged

                They said that 70% of lottery tickets are played with Quick Picks, not that 70% won using quick picks.  Although I understand that the percentage won using quick picks is around 70%, I didn't see them mention that on the show.  I'm not sure why, I was expecting to see it right after they gave the percentage played.

                I agree about Buddy (or whatever his name was).

                One thing that kind of bothered me was in the meat packing plant.  They interviewed a guy sitting in a truck who said he was "glad" he wasn't in the pool of players who won.  He didn't want all the "troubles" that the winners supposedly have.  But then in the next scene he's saying that he plays Powerball all the time now, and they showed him in the store buying tickets.  What a liar.  If he really was glad he wasn't a winner, why would he be playing Powerball all the time now?  So he could "not win"?

                I don't understand why these people can't just say, "Gee, I wish it was me, now I'm going to try and do the same thing they did."  Why do they have to go running these winners down all the time?

                Todd wrote:  "I don't understand why these people can't just say, "Gee, I wish it was me, now I'm going to try and do the same thing they did."  Why do they have to go running these winners down all the time?"

                I Agree!  I'll too just extend a cheerful and wistful: "Congratulations!  Gee, I wish it was me, now I'm going to do the same thing that they did and win too soon!"  I'm saying it with conviction, I'm looking to win the jackpot with my lottery ticket tonight!

                Still, I'm looking forward to watching the documentary, Lucky, soon!  Until then, I am wondering if bad editing led for this meat packing plant man's intentions (discussed above) to sound confusing/odd.  Perhaps he was indicating that he's glad that he doesn't play in a lottery POOL, instead he plays alone (less chance of someone suing and saying that they were cheated out of the pool's win that day), perhaps the pool that won at his employer is fighting such threats of lawsuits currently and he has become aware of their frustrations of it.

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                  Posted: July 22, 2010, 12:19 am - IP Logged

                  Todd, I'm thinking it's because they are jealous. I don't like pulling the "jus jealous" card, but it seems like that. And I agree, that it makes no sense for that one guy to say he was glad to not to be part of the pool that won because of the hassles of winning yet, he is playing Powerball trying to win. Weird. Crazy

                  Hurray!I am always glad when I hear someone wins but , maybe he didn't want to be in a pool.Oogle

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                    Posted: July 22, 2010, 12:25 am - IP Logged

                    Hurray!I am always glad when I hear someone wins but , maybe he didn't want to be in a pool.Oogle

                    You should be a very happy person because eventually someone always wins.

                     * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                       
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                      Posted: July 27, 2010, 12:39 am - IP Logged

                      It would be interesting to know who, if anyone, would give it all back to go back to what they were before they won.

                      With some of the horror stories out there, it seems certain people would have been better off not winning. The guy that won and said his family

                      would like to see him dead....!! I wonder who changed, him or them. Then the guy who said people are resentful when they find out you've won

                      the lottery...I think winning big money brings paranoia with it to some people. They might make half the problems they have settling into a 'they

                      are out to use me/kill me/take my money' mentality. (This happened to Shakesphere but that's a very unusual case) Acquiring big money is more

                      than just having the ability to 'get whatever you want, live like you think you want, be on easy street'...everyone wants that but they are not willing

                      to consider it might change their lives in ways they never considered. A person never knows what changes they'll face and how they'll react until

                      they win. When someone says, they're not the same person they used to be...I'm sure there's a lot of truth in that statement concerning some

                      winners. I'm sure they're their own worst nightmare.

                      "would like to see him dead....!! I wonder who changed, him or them. Then the guy who said people are resentful when they find out you've won"

                      I am pretty sure you are talking about the older gentleman who lost it all but was happy about it. He specifically said they changed, not him. Looking at his lifestyle and the fact that he is a simple man, I believe him. Sounds like his family is just trash that tried to have him whacked/poisoned/etc

                      If I were to win, I think the scariest things would be:

                      a) Wife leave/take advantage

                      or

                      b) Family take advantage of, and disown me

                       

                      See, this older guy 'promised' his brothers and sisters a million bucks each, and the docu. said when he didnt pay up one brother said 'I am going to get that million one way or the other' and tried to have him killed. I wonder if the winner would have just been honest up front to say 'I will give you money, just dont know how much yet' maybe it would have appeased the family more.

                      I just now finally finished the documentary and I thought it was great, though it is just like someone else said: the HBO version of 'Lottery changed my life'

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                        This is why you stay quiet, don't make promises to anybody...plain and simple.

                        Make a list of your needs (not wants) your obligations (only debts in your name, not someone else's).

                        Get to an attorney to figure out how to take care of your needs and obligations and how to protect the rest.