Welcome Guest
Log In | Register )
You last visited December 8, 2016, 4:55 pm
All times shown are
Eastern Time (GMT-5:00)

Lottery veterans question Tennessee family's behavior before claiming Powerball winnings

Topic closed. 162 replies. Last post 11 months ago by faber98.

Page 4 of 11
4.36
PrintE-mailLink
Avatar
Texas
United States
Member #82092
November 5, 2009
70 Posts
Offline
Posted: January 16, 2016, 8:00 pm - IP Logged

I just researched this and there is a Cynthia Stafford in WV and FL that has filed bankruptcy.  Not sure if we are talking about the same Cynthia.

    music*'s avatar - nw bookeep.jpg
    Happy California
    United States
    Member #157856
    August 2, 2014
    1522 Posts
    Offline
    Posted: January 16, 2016, 8:04 pm - IP Logged

    I just researched this and there is a Cynthia Stafford in WV and FL that has filed bankruptcy.  Not sure if we are talking about the same Cynthia.

     Cynthia Stafford from Beverly Hills, California. Past lottery winner of $112,000,000.00  She did good with her money but she failed at budgeting.

     I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better. 

     Attributed to Joe E. Lewis and others

      music*'s avatar - nw bookeep.jpg
      Happy California
      United States
      Member #157856
      August 2, 2014
      1522 Posts
      Offline
      Posted: January 16, 2016, 8:09 pm - IP Logged

      I Agree! and most of the comments are from people that never won a jackpot but think they are experts. They appear to be suffering from "jackpot envy".

       Of course, I am envious and jealous. I feel sad that I did not win. But I think that I have comments to make that could help future lottery winner here at Lottery Post.

       If you see someone who is about to step in front of a truck do you remain silent? or try to help?

       I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better. 

       Attributed to Joe E. Lewis and others

        Avatar
        Kentucky
        United States
        Member #32652
        February 14, 2006
        7314 Posts
        Offline
        Posted: January 16, 2016, 8:19 pm - IP Logged

        Hopefully when the other 2 winners come forward these people will drop from the limelight.

        And everyone can leave them alone and let them enjoy their winnings.

        It's possible why they decided to come forward first and the playing "Ma and Pa Kettle" may have been an act. Appearing on the Today Show before validating the ticket was strange, especially pulling the folded ticket out of his shirt pocket, but that could be part of the act. We probably know more about Gloria Mackenzie than these winners.

          lejardin's avatar - Lottery-014.jpg

          United States
          Member #118609
          November 4, 2011
          935 Posts
          Offline
          Posted: January 16, 2016, 8:40 pm - IP Logged

           Of course, I am envious and jealous. I feel sad that I did not win. But I think that I have comments to make that could help future lottery winner here at Lottery Post.

           If you see someone who is about to step in front of a truck do you remain silent? or try to help?

          Im with you Music.  I was disappointed I was not one of the winners, am envious and a tad jealous, ok, ok a lot jealous.  I was imagining myself having all 6 numbers, now I am imagining what it must be like getting all things lined up to collect.

          This sounds like I am an idiot but I just feel one of these days, lol.  I am sure people I talk to are sick of hearing me, including my LP friends hahahaha.

          I look at the drawings for the games I play and when I think I made an agreement to a three way split, these jackpots arent enough for my dreams lol.  Yes, they will build again, I have no tickets so have to watch them and decide when to join in again.

          Good luck.

            Tami333's avatar - winifrid
            Michigan
            United States
            Member #139344
            February 20, 2013
            1142 Posts
            Offline
            Posted: January 16, 2016, 8:57 pm - IP Logged

            I'd go live in Amish country for awhile. They definitely haven't heard of you.

            Green laugh Oh my gosh, brilliant!  I would have never thought to live among the Amish for a few months. 

            You would be pretty safe especially if you took a million to build them a huge barn, church, buy a 100 cows, horses & buggies. 

            Shoot, they would never give you up to the media.  What a great deal that would be.  Love it!

              music*'s avatar - nw bookeep.jpg
              Happy California
              United States
              Member #157856
              August 2, 2014
              1522 Posts
              Offline
              Posted: January 16, 2016, 8:58 pm - IP Logged

              Im with you Music.  I was disappointed I was not one of the winners, am envious and a tad jealous, ok, ok a lot jealous.  I was imagining myself having all 6 numbers, now I am imagining what it must be like getting all things lined up to collect.

              This sounds like I am an idiot but I just feel one of these days, lol.  I am sure people I talk to are sick of hearing me, including my LP friends hahahaha.

              I look at the drawings for the games I play and when I think I made an agreement to a three way split, these jackpots arent enough for my dreams lol.  Yes, they will build again, I have no tickets so have to watch them and decide when to join in again.

              Good luck.

              lejardin, Thank You. I am also changing my lottery playing. I think that I can wait till the jackpots for Mega Millions and Power Ball reach $150 - $200 million before I play.

               Most of us here at LP know the odds but when the jackpot breaks records then we all hope that it will be one of our tickets that wins.

               I am dissolving any agreements, promises, pledges that I made for this past PB run. I start clean for another record breaker.

               We are here at LP to commiserate with one another after a major win. And definitely celebrate when one of us wins.Dance

               I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better. 

               Attributed to Joe E. Lewis and others

                veganlife125's avatar - Lottery-061.jpg

                United States
                Member #142777
                May 18, 2013
                263 Posts
                Offline
                Posted: January 16, 2016, 9:01 pm - IP Logged

                Im glad they went public to get the fame they deserve!  If they still want to work, save, and not be bothered much they should move to Salt Lake City, Utah where those kind of things are appreciated.  When Inflation ravages this country and food shortages happen because of wrong headed voting for the past 100 years it might be the safest place to live.  The mormons are savers.  To many jealous athiests, southern baptists, and presbyterians here complaining.  The bible teaches you to not hate people who have money and save.

                One way to have alot of fun without spending any of that lottery money would be to have about 1000 Christmas cards printed up with a santa claus on the front holding a sign that says: " Have a very billion dollar Christmas!"

                Sent every enemy and jealous person you know one every year at Christmas with a dollar bill inside.  I can think of about 30 posters here id send one to each year because of their envy disease.  Just saying!  Want to quess who is on the list?  What would your list look like!

                Would any of that constitute mental anquish?Banana

                Congrats to the winners!Big Grin 

                Don't forget to visit the Lottery Post Gift Shop!

                  Avatar
                  Arizona
                  United States
                  Member #165073
                  March 24, 2015
                  220 Posts
                  Offline
                  Posted: January 16, 2016, 9:04 pm - IP Logged

                  This is why you need a lawyer who specializes in the right field. The local bankruptcy/divorce lawyer just doesn't have the right experience to make good decisions about sudden wealth.

                    music*'s avatar - nw bookeep.jpg
                    Happy California
                    United States
                    Member #157856
                    August 2, 2014
                    1522 Posts
                    Offline
                    Posted: January 16, 2016, 9:10 pm - IP Logged

                    This is why you need a lawyer who specializes in the right field. The local bankruptcy/divorce lawyer just doesn't have the right experience to make good decisions about sudden wealth.

                     Fortunately, the State Of California's Lottery Commission has help at www.calottery.com  You can find the Winners Handbook by moving the cursor to  Win and then you will see the Winners Handbook listing. It is located on the top left handside of the page. "I've Won Now What" it is easy to locate.

                     I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better. 

                     Attributed to Joe E. Lewis and others

                      Avatar
                      Maryland
                      United States
                      Member #162434
                      January 2, 2015
                      889 Posts
                      Offline
                      Posted: January 16, 2016, 9:15 pm - IP Logged

                      This is why you need a lawyer who specializes in the right field. The local bankruptcy/divorce lawyer just doesn't have the right experience to make good decisions about sudden wealth.

                      Yea. this might be why all of this happened.  An attorney who really knows nothing about how to handle this, giving advise and getting paid for it. 

                        Avatar
                        Kentucky
                        United States
                        Member #32652
                        February 14, 2006
                        7314 Posts
                        Offline
                        Posted: January 16, 2016, 9:35 pm - IP Logged

                         Of course, I am envious and jealous. I feel sad that I did not win. But I think that I have comments to make that could help future lottery winner here at Lottery Post.

                         If you see someone who is about to step in front of a truck do you remain silent? or try to help?

                        And that's why I said "most of the comments" and not "all". Most of your comments are reasonable. LOL

                        "If you see someone who is about to step in front of a truck do you remain silent? or try to help?"

                        As I said in my last post, it's possibly an act hoping much more attention will be paid to one of both of the other winners. Each news agency that reported a record jackpot had "expert opinions" on what jackpot winners should do, but from what I read it wasn't much different than we read on LP.

                        It might take up to six months or more to get things setup and maybe years before the winners understand their new wealth. I see lots of LP members who never won a jackpot being very critical of what an actual winner does. IMO, it wasn't a good idea to have the winning ticket in his pocket (if that was actual ticket) on the Today Show before having it validated, but there were no problems.

                          LottoMetro's avatar - Lottery-024.jpg
                          Happyland
                          United States
                          Member #146344
                          September 1, 2013
                          1129 Posts
                          Offline
                          Posted: January 16, 2016, 9:40 pm - IP Logged

                           Cynthia Stafford from Beverly Hills, California. Past lottery winner of $112,000,000.00  She did good with her money but she failed at budgeting.

                          So if she failed at budgeting and filed for bankruptcy, how did she do "good" with her money?

                          She gave away $1 million....a drop in the bucket compared to the original prize and most likely that was by the advice of her accountant.

                          Not downplaying her donation but I have known many with far less who have given away far more.

                          The bottom line is she blew her money on stupid stuff and fell into the same trap as many other lottery winners before her.

                          If the chances of winning the jackpot are so slim, why play when the jackpot is so small? Your chances never change, but the potential payoff does.
                          If a crystal ball showed you the future of the rest of your life, and in that future you will never win a jackpot, would you still play?

                          2016: -48.28% (13 tickets) ||
                          P&L % = Total Win($)/Total Wager($) - 1

                            Avatar
                            South Carolina
                            United States
                            Member #18322
                            July 9, 2005
                            1704 Posts
                            Online
                            Posted: January 16, 2016, 10:08 pm - IP Logged

                            These people were STUPID to go public in the manner that they did, and their ego-centric attorney [Joe Townsend] and his publicity hungry daughter Eileen Townsend, who is a Memphis Art Scene reporter [Duh !!], should be slapped and fired for giving such BAD ADVICE !!!  Pay the attorney ASAP and kick him to the curb, b/c he probably intends to milk them dry of their MONEY $$$ in any clever manner that he can figure out how to !!!  The attorney, Joe Townsend,  specializes in BANKRUPTCY and DIVORCE, which is exactly what John and Lisa Robinson will need, eventually !!!

                              music*'s avatar - nw bookeep.jpg
                              Happy California
                              United States
                              Member #157856
                              August 2, 2014
                              1522 Posts
                              Offline
                              Posted: January 16, 2016, 10:10 pm - IP Logged

                              So if she failed at budgeting and filed for bankruptcy, how did she do "good" with her money?

                              She gave away $1 million....a drop in the bucket compared to the original prize and most likely that was by the advice of her accountant.

                              Not downplaying her donation but I have known many with far less who have given away far more.

                              The bottom line is she blew her money on stupid stuff and fell into the same trap as many other lottery winners before her.

                               Cynthia gave her children and step children from her brother who was killed by a drunk driver, a good start in life. Some may not be eighteen yet. She might have set up trusts for them. 

                               I agree that the one million dollar donation to the Geffen play house was ridiculous. Plus the cars. And she even looked at airplanes.

                               She might have continued her support for UNICEF.

                               I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better. 

                               Attributed to Joe E. Lewis and others

                                 
                                Page 4 of 11