|Posted: November 4, 2006, 11:15 am - IP Logged|
Before or after winning a huge amount of money don't ever PROMISE anyone any money.That to me is the number one rule
Are you right on target!! I have seen this scenario play itself out so many times it makes my eyes bleed. There have so many law suits between winners and other folks saying they promised them money it defies logic.
The winner of the big one splits the cost of several tickets with some folks, wins the Lottery and everyone wants an exact share althought nothing was promised.
OR, someone thinks that the winner said something about splitting the winnings.
OR, the winner said something about helping someone if he won.
OR, the latest one, Jamie Gold the current winner of $12 million dollar first prize main event at this year's World Series Of Poker (WSOP) had promised a business aquaintance that if he won he would split any winnings he might earn at the event. The friend had helped him finance the $10,000 buy-in among other seedy things the two were involved in. Guess what! Mr. Gold now has selective memory and a convoluted story about the alleged promise which he says does not compell him to split the money. A Las Vegas judge stopped the Casino, holding the event, from paying out all the money to Gold. Now, here come the lawyers and by the time they get through, well you can figure out the rest of the story. It is a much longer story but this gives you the high points.
Anyway, a real good post and a good message. If you want to be a hero to your fellow man and give away some of your winnings, do it after you have the money in your hot little hand. Then you are in control of your destiny.
PS: I forgot welcome to LP and keep up the posts we will enjoy hearing from you as well.