Their Red Bud friends and neighbors are probably the least of their concerns. It's the few visitors who have decided to temporarily extend their stay that they should be worried about.
If I were them, I would be extremely cautious about any new acquaintances that may cross their path no matter how innocent or friendly they appear.
Building a gated compound within Red Bud may seem like an option but this couple doesn't strike me as being excessive. Their modest home which has fared well their "previous" life may not provide the level of privacy and comfort that their new chapter on life will demand.
This new found wealth is life changing and assuming your lifestyle will not be affected is just denial. I do hope the support group they have retained will properly guide them going forward.
All good points, Jill34786. Red Bud isn't too far from Illinois side of the St Louis "metroplex". It's on Illinois 3, "The Great River Road" and has a lot of traffic from people going to and coming from St. Louis.
On top of everything else, "Small town-itis", and the things you mentioned, this part of the country is becoming part of tornado alley, it's pitiful. Three years ago we had a "derecho" come through, basically a horizontal tornado or an inland hurricane. On top of the places destroyed and such we didn't have power for 19 days.
For me, that alone would be reason enought to scoot somewhere.
Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any. So many systems, so many theories, so few jackpot winners.
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.