Her is a copy of something I found sometime ago about winning the lottery. Dont know where I found it or who wrote it. Some of it is quite funny,
Don't Win The Lottery!
Don't win the lottery! The lottery is not a path to happiness. In fact the lottery presents one of the greatest challenges to happiness. The lottery path leads to a loss of friends, a loss of loved ones, unhappiness, misery, paranoia, loneliness, and distrust.
Kiss your friends good-bye forever. All of them. Those whose names you actually know and those illusory ones who just appeared from behind the water cooler. No matter, they will all have the expectant hand out.
Note that the amount you actually decide to give them will make no difference. It will never be enough. Plus there will always be the suspicion you gave more to Helen Hotrocks. So, don't give anything to an^of them. You will still have the same number of friends (none) but at least your money will still be intact.
You will now have a new lifelong relationship with all those previous friends. They will be called your enemies.
New friends? Don't even start to go there. There will always be a fresh supply of new friends of course. That is as long as the loot lasts. But you will never, ever know again if it is you or your money. In the end you will reject them all and increase the loneliness and despair in your life.
Kiss all your favorite relatives good-bye. Also all of your non favorite relatives. And don't forget the ones who just appeared out of the bull rushes and you have no idea who they are. They will remember you of course.
How could you ever forget them? Like the time when Uncle Paltry helped you with your algebra, Cousin Corpulent saved your life from a raging bull, Aunt Dismal changed your diaper, Brother-In-Law Portly gave you your first job, and your Mother's Sister's Aunt Loquacious introduced you to your third wife.
No matter how ambiguous the relationship, they will all have the expectant hand out. Note that the amount you actually decide to give them will make no difference. It will never be enough. There will always be the suspicion you gave more to your mother's side or to Cousin Osmosis or somebody else. So, don't give anything to any of them. You will still have the same number of infuriated relatives (all of them) but at least your money will still be intact. At least for a little while.
And how about the little wife? Does she agree on where to spend 40 million dollars? Probably not! By the way is she a partner making this a partnership for legal and tax purposes? How about the kids are they partners too? Who knows? It's time to get a lawyer and let him share in the loot for some good advise (hopefully).
Okay, so much for the easy stuff, now comes the really hard stuff. LiKe rlbw you going to hold on to the money now that you have got it? Prepare to be surrounded by every idiotic, get rich quick scheme from capturing and exhibiting Big Foot to growing winter wheat in the Antarctic. These shysters will never understand that you don't need to get rich; you are already rich. It is funding their implausible schemes that will make you unrich.
Don't forget to take out a prodigious liability insurance policy and get back with your lawyer. Insurance policy? Lawyer, again? What for? To defend you from the people that are about to sue you. Sue? What for? For anything that, a percentage of the loot, lawyer can come up with. Someone hit your car, you had a harsh word for the check out girl, and your kid had a fight. Also you're going to need an accountant to keep track of all the money your lawyer is going to steal from you.
Did I mention kids? Get back in touch with your insurance guy; you're going to need a really expensive policy this time. Kidnap insurance is about to cost you a bundle. That will include your kids, wife, grand kids, and any relative that a kidnaper might think you would ransom out. Also, you'll have to play by the insurance wienies rules. An immediate call to the police and no ransom payment until your insurance agent gives the word. It's their money after all.
So, you are going back to work and show the world that becoming a millionaire didn't change you. You're still a good old boy just like before. Wrong. No matter that your keeping the job that some unemployed person desperately needs, nothing will ever be the same at work again. Remember how both the frustration and fun contributed to your sense of accomplishment before. Remember how this was your life's work and joy in living. No more, it will never be the same when both you and your boss are always aware that you could walk off tomorrow when things don't go your way.
Besides you are now a target for a liability suit from every fellow worker, customer and supplier. No normal give and take conversations will ever be the same. The lawsuit shadow will be over everything you do or say. Soon you will realize are really a big fish out of water. If you don't go quietly your boss will surely send you on your way. Your life work unrealized and unrealizable. Miserable, but it comes with the money.
Privacy? Did you say privacy? Forget it. All the privacy you will ever see is when your bodyguard is able to fight back all the schemers, relatives, deal makers, celebrity touches, paper servers, and shyster lawyers wanting to sue you.
Okay so far that's an insurance agent, a lawyer, an accountant, and a bodyguard. So, is there anyone else. Oh yes, the most important one of all, a psychiatrist to get
Public Service Announcement
So far, I have painted you a rather bleak picture of life after the lottery. However do not despair, I can provide you a way out. As a public service and one time good deal, I will help you. So that you may be restored to your normal life, I will take (at no charge) all of your lottery winnings. Please E-mail me at once so that I can send you my account number for the immediate deposit of the money. (Heh, heh just kidding of course.)
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