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Should lottery winners share with colleagues?

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savagegoose's avatar - ProfilePho
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Posted: April 7, 2011, 3:18 am - IP Logged

i will carry around $1 quick picks, and any good sob stories will get a ticket off me.

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    Posted: April 10, 2011, 12:04 pm - IP Logged

    NO!  Not just simply, no, but HELL NO!!!  This is one in which you really don't even have to think about.  Look, they all had really good paying jobs.  They only played the lottery when it reached certain epic levels of ridiculous heights.  They all participated with something which was less than $5 dollars.  This is a paltry amount of money for someone who makes a better than average living and who probably could very well afford to play for such a small amount. 

    Ask yourself this question:  "Do I want buy a $5 dollar footlong subway sandwich today or do I want to buy the entire franchise?"  And oh, it would probably only cost me all but $5 dollars.

    If you answered, "nah, I think that I'll pass, keep my lousy $5 dollars in my pathetic pocket and let my colleagues have all the fun.  And if they should win, then I'll just feel really dumb, stupid and awfully sick and wished that I had played.", then you answered wrong.

    So, you take your sorry ass back to working at a sorry as job, although it may pay very well, and sulk like the stupid knucklehead that you are.  Because that's exactly the situation here.  I don't care how well you put on a really good face, this is one historic moment in time in which you could never live down.  If you want to play you need to cast your irons into the fire.  Don't come in after the fact and expect the other to feel sorry for you because you made a very dufus and unintelligent decision as not to play.  For five <snip> dollars you could have been a multi-millionaire.  Take your sorry ass back to work.  I guess you're not so smart after all.

    Not no, but HELL NO!!!

     

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      ameriken's avatar - 33ojew2
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      Posted: April 10, 2011, 4:33 pm - IP Logged

      Jack Whittaker is usually the poster child for "what not to do when you win a large lottery jackpot"

      People forget right after claiming his money, Jack set up a charity to be run by four local pastors and funded by 10% of his winnings to help the poor but many complained they had to jump through too many hoops to get any of the money and it was only enough to help the very poorest.  He also brought a house for a waitress that served him coffee every morning who was living in a trailer who complained he didn't include extra money to help with the increase cost of maintaining a house and paying the real estate taxes.  Facts are, once you start giving money away, you can't give enough of it away to even please the people you are giving it to and chances are you don't want them around you if they're not part of your family.

      ^^^THIS^^^  I Agree!

       

      As I am sure most of us are, I tend to be a very generous and trusting person, almost to a fault. However, like RJOH said, once you start the gravy train rolling, people will be at the station every day anxiously awaiting it's arrival. Win the lottery and everyone will have their hands out...friends, relatives, co-workers, neighbors, and people whom you never even heard of who have absolutely nothing to do with you. I also think many have contempt for rich people, and especially toward people who had money dropped in their lap like the lottery. There are those who, instead of being happy for you, will be angry at you because they think they deserve it more than you, and therefore you owe them.  Someone in this thread mentioned giving $25,000 if someone needed it. Personally, I think that is very generous, however, instead of bringing joy to the recipient(s), it may actually anger them because they think you should have given them $100,000. Afterall, you've got millions and millions of dollars, what's $100,000 to you? It's nothing! Or, buy them a car and they'll be p*ssed if the IRS declares some of it as income and they end up having to pay taxes on it. You're the one who created their tax problem, maybe you're the one who should fix it.

      For this reason, my wife and I decided that when we win a large jackpot, we are going to do everything possible to remain anonymous. Tell no one, not even mom or dad. It's not that we think mom and dad are after our money (though I don't doubt there are some parents like that), but mom and dad will be so excited for us that they just can't contain their happiness and will tell someone who will tell someone who will tell someone whom we cannot trust.

      I guess that's a downside of an office pool. On the one hand you have a greater chance of winning, but in exchange you give up the anonymity and have to deal with the moral dilemma of what to do with everyone else. And in some cases, you have to deal with a lawsuit.

      When we win, my wife and I intend to give away as much as we can to help as many as we can. However we are going to do everyting possible to remain anonymous when we win, as well as when we give.

       

      OK, that's my cynical post of the day.

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        ^^^THIS^^^  I Agree!

         

        As I am sure most of us are, I tend to be a very generous and trusting person, almost to a fault. However, like RJOH said, once you start the gravy train rolling, people will be at the station every day anxiously awaiting it's arrival. Win the lottery and everyone will have their hands out...friends, relatives, co-workers, neighbors, and people whom you never even heard of who have absolutely nothing to do with you. I also think many have contempt for rich people, and especially toward people who had money dropped in their lap like the lottery. There are those who, instead of being happy for you, will be angry at you because they think they deserve it more than you, and therefore you owe them.  Someone in this thread mentioned giving $25,000 if someone needed it. Personally, I think that is very generous, however, instead of bringing joy to the recipient(s), it may actually anger them because they think you should have given them $100,000. Afterall, you've got millions and millions of dollars, what's $100,000 to you? It's nothing! Or, buy them a car and they'll be p*ssed if the IRS declares some of it as income and they end up having to pay taxes on it. You're the one who created their tax problem, maybe you're the one who should fix it.

        For this reason, my wife and I decided that when we win a large jackpot, we are going to do everything possible to remain anonymous. Tell no one, not even mom or dad. It's not that we think mom and dad are after our money (though I don't doubt there are some parents like that), but mom and dad will be so excited for us that they just can't contain their happiness and will tell someone who will tell someone who will tell someone whom we cannot trust.

        I guess that's a downside of an office pool. On the one hand you have a greater chance of winning, but in exchange you give up the anonymity and have to deal with the moral dilemma of what to do with everyone else. And in some cases, you have to deal with a lawsuit.

        When we win, my wife and I intend to give away as much as we can to help as many as we can. However we are going to do everyting possible to remain anonymous when we win, as well as when we give.

         

        OK, that's my cynical post of the day.

        Very well articulated Ameriken, not that cynical, and I do believe you're trusting and generous.

        The only place I'd part ways is with Mom and Dad.

        The day may come when you'd give anything just to have them around to see the look on their faces when you told them about it.

        And knowing how you'd enjoy making their lives easier.

        That to me would be worth any drawback that stemmed from it.

        I honestly don't know if that makes any sense if you haven't experienced that loss and the utter finality of it.

        Best of luck to ya.


                                                     
                             
                                                 

         

         

         

         

                                                                                                           

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          ameriken's avatar - 33ojew2
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          Posted: April 10, 2011, 6:51 pm - IP Logged

          Very well articulated Ameriken, not that cynical, and I do believe you're trusting and generous.

          The only place I'd part ways is with Mom and Dad.

          The day may come when you'd give anything just to have them around to see the look on their faces when you told them about it.

          And knowing how you'd enjoy making their lives easier.

          That to me would be worth any drawback that stemmed from it.

          I honestly don't know if that makes any sense if you haven't experienced that loss and the utter finality of it.

          Best of luck to ya.

          Thanks rdgrnr, you throw some different light on it. I hear what you're saying, they're way up there in age and I know their days are limited. Based on that, you're making me rethink that part of it. Thanks for a thoughtful post. Thumbs Up

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            Posted: April 14, 2011, 11:41 pm - IP Logged

            If I were playing with a core group for several years and someone missed the drawing due to being out that day, i would share the winning with them on such a large jackpot.  i would not be obligated, i would just feel it would be ethical for me considering i could have been in the same situation.

             

            From the articles i've read the one guy who regularly ate with and played with the group was walking into work.  ambished by a reporter asking how he felt, he stated he's happy for them.  This man hasn't said anyone owes him something for nothing, i believe the speculation is coming from reporters who have to make a story juicy to get their fame.

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              i agree, i've experience the loss of both parents and i'd love to have had the chance to make their lives better for all they've done for me.  I do understand what the guy is talking about, my mom could keep a secret but my dad would have a hard time and most likely would have told someone and word would spread.  For my safety and everyone i love I would want to remain anonymous.

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                Posted: April 15, 2011, 6:39 am - IP Logged

                heheh tell em you are going to setup an annuity for them, and if they ever tell a soul or word gets out  thru them the money stops rolling in.

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