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NJ Powerball winner wants his old life back

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Posted: September 25, 2013, 8:36 pm - IP Logged

Maybe I missed something here with good 'ol Willie, but I don't quite get the issue.

It's not like he was the sole winner of a $450 mil jackpot. The JP was split all kinds of ways and the story says he cleared 'less than 4 million' after taxes.

So, why is this so overwhelming to deal with? That's a nice chunk of change and most folks should certainly be able to retire off that. But you don't need a battery of lawyers/tax guys/ financial planners to handle that amount. 

And some folks called wanting interviews? Tell 'em no and hang up the phone. Change your number if need be, but 4 mil should not be such a life-changing event to deal with.

"4 mil should not be such a life-changing event to deal with."

It isn't apparently, all he's done is get a new truck for himself, a new car for the wife and some remodeling of his house and replaced its roof.  I know people who have done that with just their savings.

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    Posted: September 25, 2013, 8:55 pm - IP Logged

    "4 mil should not be such a life-changing event to deal with."

    It isn't apparently, all he's done is get a new truck for himself, a new car for the wife and some remodeling of his house and replaced its roof.  I know people who have done that with just their savings.

    you can't sneeze at 4 million calling it nothing in today's economy. it's still a lot. it seems he is more than willing to convey his spending habits and purchases publicly. somewhat of a cartoon character and the press pick up on it to some extent. i guess you have to make yourself as uninteresting as possible and divulge as little information as you can and you will probably be able to fly under the radar with your 4mil. he didn't, and is continuing to be out there. why?

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      Posted: September 25, 2013, 8:56 pm - IP Logged

      Maybe I missed something here with good 'ol Willie, but I don't quite get the issue.

      It's not like he was the sole winner of a $450 mil jackpot. The JP was split all kinds of ways and the story says he cleared 'less than 4 million' after taxes.

      So, why is this so overwhelming to deal with? That's a nice chunk of change and most folks should certainly be able to retire off that. But you don't need a battery of lawyers/tax guys/ financial planners to handle that amount. 

      And some folks called wanting interviews? Tell 'em no and hang up the phone. Change your number if need be, but 4 mil should not be such a life-changing event to deal with.

      The problem is not the money, it's the people. Doesn't matter that he only got 4 million, the calls will come whether it's 4 million or 100. The life changing event is not the money itself, it's the attention that's coming with the money and how you have to change the way you live.

      Not that I would have a problem with that particular issue, just saying that that is his problem. Doesn't say anything about money management issues or anything of that nature.

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        Posted: September 25, 2013, 9:04 pm - IP Logged

        I love how lottery winners are always crying and complaining about how their jackpot win is a curse and how they wish they can go back to their normal lives living paycheck to paycheck but are NEVER willing to fork over their jackpot cash and go back to work for their paycheck 2 paycheck living lifestyle..lol

        If you've won millions and want to live like u were living paycheck to paycheck that can easily be done by setting a budget. It's much harder to do it the other way around..lol

        Just because u have millions does not mean you have to have the lifestyle of a millionaire. The more flamboyant u are with money and fame the more unwanted attention you wil  receive.

        If you don't like the attention then stay ya @ss out the spotlight and stop doing stupid interviews!

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          Posted: September 25, 2013, 9:28 pm - IP Logged

          In his mind's eyes, he probably already fancied himself as a player on DUCK DYNASTY. All that name dropping, lil o'l Willie thinks, might get him a part on Duck Dynasty, or at least, a Moosehead commercial. For somebody who claims, that he does not want attention, the whole thing sounds fishy. YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS. Give back the money, and you can have your old life back, and we see how you feel about that. Probably start whining again.

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            Posted: September 25, 2013, 9:30 pm - IP Logged

            hopefully once have moves into his new cabin he will have some peace/ privacy.

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              Posted: September 25, 2013, 9:44 pm - IP Logged

              His net take home after all taxes are satisfied will be roughly $2.8 million which is nothing to sneeze at but in the minds of beggars around him they all think he won almost $450 million.

              Willie claims he was content with his life and saw no reason to change anything after he won. This mindset as well as his obsession with the limelight is why his nightmare has begun.

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                Posted: September 25, 2013, 9:45 pm - IP Logged

                I'll take their problem off their hands, just give me the money and you can go back to your old life. Problem solved.

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                  Posted: September 25, 2013, 9:50 pm - IP Logged

                  The problem is not the money, it's the people. Doesn't matter that he only got 4 million, the calls will come whether it's 4 million or 100. The life changing event is not the money itself, it's the attention that's coming with the money and how you have to change the way you live.

                  Not that I would have a problem with that particular issue, just saying that that is his problem. Doesn't say anything about money management issues or anything of that nature.

                  Well, it's a good thing Willie didn't win the whole jackpot himself, or split it just a couple ways.

                  Dealing with $100-200-300 mil WOULD be a hassle in many ways (not that I'd really complain). Getting help managing it and trusting people to do so. Having your name out there in public and being associated with all those zeros. I could see issues that would not be a barrel of laughs associated with that situation.

                  But here, on one hand he calls it a "life-changing event" (it is; but is it really that bad?), then the next says $4 mil "ain't sh-t in today's economy." Say what?? Which is it??

                  Whatever...I wouldn't be complaining about people constantly wanting a piece of me and then the next breath posing beside my new truck for an interview in which even more people could see my face and know generally where to find me.

                  If you really just want peace and quiet in your new cabin, do you even talk about your new cabin?

                  Apparently if you're Willie, yes you do.

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                    Posted: September 25, 2013, 9:59 pm - IP Logged

                    http://www.lotterypost.com/news/244611?q=Bunky+Bartlett

                    Willie isn't the first jackpot winner seeking attention after their win and probably won't be the last. Hey Willie, if you don't want the attention, don't do interviews and don't give out your address and phone number.

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                      Posted: September 25, 2013, 10:06 pm - IP Logged

                      I agree! Also, if it such a curse and am sure he has heard of lottery winner stories before, don't play! We are responsible as to who we discuss our lottery winnings with.  I think that is why it is so important to get out of town (ASAP). Learn to say no, NO.  I play $30 a week on MM and PB and am not gonna let people make it a curse for me, when I win!! It is an investment and a chance of game, don't let people destroy your happiness.

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                        Posted: September 25, 2013, 10:17 pm - IP Logged

                        His net take home after all taxes are satisfied will be roughly $2.8 million which is nothing to sneeze at but in the minds of beggars around him they all think he won almost $450 million.

                        Willie claims he was content with his life and saw no reason to change anything after he won. This mindset as well as his obsession with the limelight is why his nightmare has begun.

                        I Agree!, Jill34786.  It's a shame that Willie and Donna think they had $4M Net to spend from.  Good thing they didn't go out and spend over $500K yet.  I think the ending amount of apx.

                        $2.8M is enough for he and his wife to retire though.  I think it's good that they spent on those six necessary, large immediate family items.   I hope they can somehow declare their father as a dependent and therefore deduct his high cancer treatment medical expenses on this year's income taxes, payable next year. 

                        Now, it is time for Willie and Donna to sit down and notice that they've got to:  stop giving interviews and budget their combined spending to about $75K per year (and invest in at least 4.5% annual interest, their remainder monies [and a separate account for Federal Income and Medicare Taxes due by April 2014] for the rest of their young senior aged lives.

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                          Posted: September 25, 2013, 10:22 pm - IP Logged

                          This is why I'd ask the lottery to hold off on the press release/conference (whatever it is they do for people who refuse to do publicity, which is allowed here) until after  I was onboard a flight out of the country. Go ahead blood suckers, show up in my driveway, send letters, etc. Ain't gonna bother me none!

                           

                          I'm certainly not going on Good Morning America or whatever so everyone knows what I look like. I know how to say no, but reducing the number of times I have to is just more efficient.

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                            Posted: September 25, 2013, 11:33 pm - IP Logged

                            I Agree!

                            l did not see the press conference on him or his fellow lottery winners but if he appointed himself the " spokeman" for the group- he should have said what he had to say and end it right there, but no- he decided to make himself available for more interviews and is now crying foul?

                             That calvary that showed up at his doorstep seeking alms are intent of bleeding him dry.

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                              Posted: September 25, 2013, 11:39 pm - IP Logged

                              Maybe I missed something here with good 'ol Willie, but I don't quite get the issue.

                              It's not like he was the sole winner of a $450 mil jackpot. The JP was split all kinds of ways and the story says he cleared 'less than 4 million' after taxes.

                              So, why is this so overwhelming to deal with? That's a nice chunk of change and most folks should certainly be able to retire off that. But you don't need a battery of lawyers/tax guys/ financial planners to handle that amount. 

                              And some folks called wanting interviews? Tell 'em no and hang up the phone. Change your number if need be, but 4 mil should not be such a life-changing event to deal with.

                              Beggars, people who claim to be your relatives though you have never met them, all kinds of business "propositions" from people you don't know...can be over whelming ...it takes more than just changing your phone number.....you need to move and still need financial advice.  For your information, people are so brazen they will hit you up even if you won 400.00 dollars let alone a million.  there are people who think they are entitled to what you have..period.

                              If you know your number is going to hit, have patience and then KILL IT!

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