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GET OUT THE VIOLIN: Florida woman grieving about $5 million lottery win

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Posted: January 16, 2015, 1:46 pm - IP Logged

Problem solved:  donate all winnings to her church.

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    Posted: January 16, 2015, 2:10 pm - IP Logged

    Blake has absolutely nothing to worry about- if her Pastor objects, he better open up the Bible and find the passage where Rahab a * Prostitute who acted on her bravery ended up with her being married to an Israelite and her becoming an Ancestor of none other than Jesus Christ himself.

    People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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      Posted: January 16, 2015, 2:28 pm - IP Logged

      She was unsure how to tell her pastor she'd had a momentary weakness & gave into it?  I'm not all that religious, but if she feels she can't tell her pastor for fear of his condemnation & scorn, then she's going to the wrong church.  And, she needs to adjust her thinking on this: she's been handed something that can help her church, the congregation, the community she lives in & those in need.  Despite how it came about, this is a gift; use it to help others if it'll make her feel better...

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        Posted: January 16, 2015, 2:35 pm - IP Logged

        The thing that bugs me is that it's not "anti-Christianity" to gamble.  This lady is all distraught over nothing.

        If a pastor wants to rail against gambling in his sermon, then that's the pastor's opinion, not the Word of God.  Nowhere in the Bible does it say anything about gambling being morally wrong.  In fact, quite the opposite: the Bible makes mention of lotteries, as a simple statement of fact.

        Yea, she seems to just be against it because the pastor preaches that it's wrong and she simply believes that it is and assumes everyone else in the church feels the same. It's also possible she herself doesn't feel bad, but is saying so because she thinks those in the congregation are going to judge her.

        This story actually reminds me of my grandmother. She's against gambling but the other week she made a comment about entering the PCH sweepstakes in a "moment of weakness".

        Calm down, people, you're not going to hell if you play the lottery. And in fact, churches will kindly take in your winning tickets if you put them in the offering tray. I know if my grandmother had the urge one day to play the lottery and won a decent amount, she would have no problem telling her pastor. She would almost certainly see it as a blessing, a way to help out the church monetarily in order to help keep it afloat.

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          Posted: January 16, 2015, 3:28 pm - IP Logged

          Why weep it's a blessing lady.. you could donate some to me! I don't believe in gambling too but I love state lotteries it's funding it's own state in a good way.

          ''He has achieved success who has worked well, laughed often, and loved much.''~Elbert Hubbart

           

          "Our patience will achieve more than our force."~Edmund Burke

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            Posted: January 16, 2015, 3:51 pm - IP Logged

            I guess you should be explaining why a person who claims to be so religious and upright told a lie about buying the ticket.........  I hope your preacher teaches you about honesty ......

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              Posted: January 16, 2015, 4:02 pm - IP Logged

              "She pleaded with the agency to neither photograph her nor identify her"

              Nice try, but we would all be using the church as an excuse if it would provide anonymity from identification.

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                Posted: January 16, 2015, 5:04 pm - IP Logged

                No Pity!

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                  Posted: January 16, 2015, 5:38 pm - IP Logged

                  It depends on the church, Salvation Army wouldn't take money from a lottery jackpot, but many others would.

                  These are the only Bible verses re: 'gambling':

                  And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.
                  Mark 15:24 NIV

                  Let's not tear it," they said to one another. "Let's decide by lot who will get it." This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled which said, "They divided my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing." So this is what the soldiers did.
                  John 19:24 NIV

                  Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.
                  Acts 1:26 NIV*

                  * To the Jews the lot did not suggest gambling, but "the O.T. method of learning the will of Jehovah"

                  Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

                  Lep

                  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.

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                    Posted: January 16, 2015, 6:02 pm - IP Logged

                    The Pentecostal Church of God totally opposes the sin of gambling in any form, including social gambling like bingo & raffles ..

                    Jack Whitaker found out real fast when he won and tried to donate to the churches in his area they shunned him i actually think that's what sent him on his roller coaster ride.

                    Big John says. You don't hit the number. The number hits you!!!!

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                      Posted: January 16, 2015, 6:17 pm - IP Logged

                      I could think of a thousand things to be distraught about.  Winning $5,000,000 isn't one of them.

                      Ms. Blake doesn't owe her pastor an explanation.  I'm sure if the situation was reversed, her pastor wouldn't explain anything to her or the other members of the church.  Better yet, she should watch the news! Some of these pastors are NOT practicing what they preach anyway. 

                      She needs to thank God for the lottery win, pray over the money, and pray about being a good steward over the money that God has blessed her with. 

                      I am a millionaire!

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                        Posted: January 16, 2015, 6:20 pm - IP Logged

                        I'm glad you said that Todd because I am a Christian and I've never seen so many so called christians hell bent on an issue that is not a heaven or hell issue!  They need to be as passionate about what the Bible really says...its crazy! !! Blake don't feel bad for winning..

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                          Posted: January 16, 2015, 6:33 pm - IP Logged

                          "She pleaded with the agency to neither photograph her nor identify her"

                          Nice try, but we would all be using the church as an excuse if it would provide anonymity from identification.

                          I Agree!, rj6speed!  Plus, the 'ole fib: "I abused a child in the past or someone is stalking me (undocumented with any law enforcement agency), therefore, don't release my full name, photo, residence county, and address."

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                            Posted: January 16, 2015, 6:45 pm - IP Logged

                            The Pentecostal Church of God totally opposes the sin of gambling in any form, including social gambling like bingo & raffles ..

                            Jack Whitaker found out real fast when he won and tried to donate to the churches in his area they shunned him i actually think that's what sent him on his roller coaster ride.

                            Thanks for the LOL, four4me!  Within months, Jack Whittaker found FOUR nearby West Virginia churches, or parishes, who EACH accepted millions from his Christmas day Powerball jackpot win.

                            Note.  All churches have received monies from gambling wins; most members or visitors simply don't state where it came from.  Cheers everyone, enjoy!

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                              Posted: January 16, 2015, 6:55 pm - IP Logged

                              "Blake said she was uncertain how she would explain her moment of weakness to her pastor."

                              Oh, I'm sure that he will understand. Wink You will be quickly forgiven! Group Hug

                              Green laugh

                              Sidenote: She has a problem with gambling, but not lying??

                              Kudos, LottoMetro, for your astute "sidenote."  Ah, well, at least she's soon to be a rich liar and practiced, advanced strategy gambler.

                              Plus, she could work full time, retire in four years, and reap even more monies from a higher Social Security monthly payout!  Then she's keep winning the game of life and retirement!

                              ROFL

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