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Why do people try to justify their desire to win the Lottery?

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Posted: June 15, 2007, 3:57 am - IP Logged

One thing that has always struck a sour chord in my since I can remember hearing of the lottery is people who try to justify their desire to win the lottery by the notion that they would donate to charities.

 

I've heard this at work, along with the good old standbye "I'd buy the company and give everyone a rise" we all know how rediculas that one is. 

I heard this on television interviews when the lottery gets big and people in line are interviewed, one guy I saw interviewed when the lotto was big actually said "I'll donate it all to charity".  What did he think that somehow saying that would somehow cosmically make him win? Why didn't he just donate what he was spending on lotto tickets to charity then?

And I have heard this constantly brought on when someone wins or on lottery winner update shows. Some of those lotto winners sued by charities they carelessly promised to donate to before they realize that they weren't getting as much money as they thought they were.

Why is The Lottery the one form of gambling that people seem to constantly justify with this notion that donating to charity somehow entitles a person who would donate to charity as a "Good Lottery" winner over someone who wouldn't.

In my opinion if someone wins the lottery and creates businesses and jobs it's much better than a person who donates to charity.

Afterfall the desire to win The Lottery is basically a desire of greed. IE you want to win over other people winning.

We don't see interviews of people going into casinos and asking people at the blackjack table or slot machines if they are gonna donate to charity.

By playing some lotteries you've already donated to certian charities anyway.

Is it that some people have guilt about playing the lottery or winning the lottery? Is this why they focus so much on donating to charities with winnings? I seriously don't get the logic in all of this.

If people were really concerned with charities they should be donating to charities instead of playing the lottery and leave the lottery wins to those of us who know it's a greed based desire to win over all the millions of people who play the lottery as well.

I want to win the lottery. But I want to win purely so I can make life better for myself and my IMMEADIATE Family. No one else, and I am honest enough to admit that to myself and anyone who might ask me.

Who else is honest enough to admit this as well?


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    I don't think the sole reason for people saying that about the charities is because they're hoping for a divine intervention, or because they feel guilty.

    Some people just like to help others less fotunate if they win.

    And others are a mixed bag of both.

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      I don't think the sole reason for people saying that about the charities is because they're hoping for a divine intervention, or because they feel guilty.

      Some people just like to help others less fotunate if they win.

      And others are a mixed bag of both.

      My point is that you can do all of that without winning the lottery and if a person feels so strongly about it then well use what they spend on the lottery for that charity instead.

       

      then again alot of people just don't understand exactly how much money they are winning and just how far IT WILL NOT GO...

      I've been lurking on this site off and on for months and finially had to speak up about this charity nonsense.

      don't even get me started on thighing lottery wins.

      churches and charities don't all the time make the world a better place. Sometimes captialism makes it a better place more so.  Create jobs and make more money to create more jobs. That is what is needed.

      take for example money sent to Africa for things.... alot of times the people don't even see that as the local governments take what is sent. Shipments are stolen. Happens all the time.  That sort of thing is best left up to governments to handle with military help so that the food etc actually gets to the people.    As for a lottery winner of any substantial sum your responsiblity if any to the world is creating jobs and wealth for people through employment not hand outs.

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        One thing that has always struck a sour chord in my since I can remember hearing of the lottery is people who try to justify their desire to win the lottery by the notion that they would donate to charities.

         

        I've heard this at work, along with the good old standbye "I'd buy the company and give everyone a rise" we all know how rediculas that one is. 

        I heard this on television interviews when the lottery gets big and people in line are interviewed, one guy I saw interviewed when the lotto was big actually said "I'll donate it all to charity".  What did he think that somehow saying that would somehow cosmically make him win? Why didn't he just donate what he was spending on lotto tickets to charity then?

        And I have heard this constantly brought on when someone wins or on lottery winner update shows. Some of those lotto winners sued by charities they carelessly promised to donate to before they realize that they weren't getting as much money as they thought they were.

        Why is The Lottery the one form of gambling that people seem to constantly justify with this notion that donating to charity somehow entitles a person who would donate to charity as a "Good Lottery" winner over someone who wouldn't.

        In my opinion if someone wins the lottery and creates businesses and jobs it's much better than a person who donates to charity.

        Afterfall the desire to win The Lottery is basically a desire of greed. IE you want to win over other people winning.

        We don't see interviews of people going into casinos and asking people at the blackjack table or slot machines if they are gonna donate to charity.

        By playing some lotteries you've already donated to certian charities anyway.

        Is it that some people have guilt about playing the lottery or winning the lottery? Is this why they focus so much on donating to charities with winnings? I seriously don't get the logic in all of this.

        If people were really concerned with charities they should be donating to charities instead of playing the lottery and leave the lottery wins to those of us who know it's a greed based desire to win over all the millions of people who play the lottery as well.

        I want to win the lottery. But I want to win purely so I can make life better for myself and my IMMEADIATE Family. No one else, and I am honest enough to admit that to myself and anyone who might ask me.

        Who else is honest enough to admit this as well?

        I already give to charities, winning the lottery will not change that.

        I hope everyone here gives to charities.

         

        I work at a school and committed to several projects that require fundrasiers to exist.

        I have the job of going to businesses and asking for donations/support.  I have two businesses myself.  (car lot and purse store)

        We need this money for the children, and I have no problem asking for donations.  I have no problem giving.  I help with fundrasiers of other school districts since I am on the AL/TN stateline.  People you will be surprised at what coaches/teachers and some parents do to improve the enviroment for their children in the community.  All children benefit reqardles if they come from a home who cannot or will not support the cause.

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          i tithe to churches and donate more money right now to charity than i spend on the lottery so after winning the lottery i would be one of the people who makes the statements about charity or tithes because i would donate to the same churches and charities but i would have much more money to donate after the lottery. im not waiting on the lottery to start giving to others i already do it and yes i want to win but since i already donate i dont feel guilty about playing the lottery especially when its not close to the amount im donating to churches and charities.  if they ask me the charity questions i would answer it honestly not because i feel guilty or im trying to justify playing the lottery i would just be honest about my intentions about a portion of the money going to charity but i would also be honest about traveling the country and  the world and enjoying my single life and the money i have won because i dont know how long i will live to enjoy the money because anything can happen but i will make sure i also have my financial affairs in order so even when i pass my charity work can continue and i dont have kids or a wife but my family im close to also would benefit...

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            Posted: June 15, 2007, 9:27 am - IP Logged

            Good thread, manzplan.

             Makes me think of what something like a Jerry Lewis MD telethon gets pledged to it versus what actually comes in, it's no where near 100%.

             I think people being interviewed about winning say that trying to 'force a win', as has been said here.

            tntea, tnlotto1, good for you.

            Here's a quote I got in e-mail today:

            The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention.   

            -- Duguet

             

            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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              If I ever won, I'd give 'some' to charity - if it's a cause I believe in, and not until I know exactly how much *I* will need for the rest of my life.

              People give the knee-jerk response 'I'd give most to charity' because they somehow think it's a total tax deduction.. 

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                I believe it's just human nature to want to give. And if you have an excessive amount of money, it would make you want to give more. ( I assume?)

                When we donate a can of soup, say, to a church food closet, we never get to see who gets that soup. However, if you had millions of dollars, you could open your OWN soup kitchen and SEE the people you are feeding, how wonderful would that be? Of course you could always volunteer and see it now, without any money, but when it's your own doing, I can't imagine the swell in your heart knowing that you provided that for the less fortunate!  Lovies 

                 

                Immediate family is one thing, of course you want your OWN family to be taken care of, but after that is done I can't fathom anyone keeping all of that to themselves.   

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                  Manzplan said: "Is it that some people have guilt about playing the lottery or winning the lottery? Is this why they focus so much on donating to charities with winnings? I seriously don't get the logic in all of this."

                  I would give to charity because the bible says "charity covereth many sins" and "God loves a cheerful giver" and "of all loves, charity is the purest." I would also pay tithes to my church because that blesses the money I have won one hundred fold. God promises that. If you don't want to give to the charities, then don't. But "as for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord." I am not trying to give a sermon here, but you asked for understanding into why people would give to charities and this is my reason. Think about it, why do people go down to the homeless shelter and help serve food? Why? Because it makes them feel better about the world we live in just knowing they helped at least a little bit.

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                    I think many of us do feel guilty about wanting alot of money for ourselves.  After all, from the time we were knee high to a bug we've heard how money is the root of all evil, how it will be easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle than a rich man to make it to heaven.  Trash like that.  And who hasn't heard rich people referred to in derogatory terms just because they're rich?  Like rich bi*tch or referring to the high income area as snob hill.  I think many of the people who say most of their win will go to charity are trying to convince themselves that they deserve to win, and that they won't become a bi*tch or a snob just because they're wealthy.

                    That said, when I win, I will give a large portion to charity.  Like others here, I already give to charity even though my income is quite low.  But I am honest enough to admit that I will take care of MY needs first.  I will make certain I have a nice home and enough invested to have the income to travel, pursue hobbies, have nice cars, pay for a decent nursing home when I'm too old to even know I'm wealthy, etc. FIRST, then I will give the remainder to charity.

                    I agree that providing jobs is just as valuable as giving to charity.  I'm just not entreprenurial (I know I spelled that wrong) and it would be torture for me to try to run a business, so I won't go that route.  Plus, there are people who need outright charity, people who can't work, people who are working but need a little extra help, people whose homes burned down at a time they couldn't afford insurance, etc. 


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                      My point is that you can do all of that without winning the lottery and if a person feels so strongly about it then well use what they spend on the lottery for that charity instead.

                       

                      then again alot of people just don't understand exactly how much money they are winning and just how far IT WILL NOT GO...

                      I've been lurking on this site off and on for months and finially had to speak up about this charity nonsense.

                      don't even get me started on thighing lottery wins.

                      churches and charities don't all the time make the world a better place. Sometimes captialism makes it a better place more so.  Create jobs and make more money to create more jobs. That is what is needed.

                      take for example money sent to Africa for things.... alot of times the people don't even see that as the local governments take what is sent. Shipments are stolen. Happens all the time.  That sort of thing is best left up to governments to handle with military help so that the food etc actually gets to the people.    As for a lottery winner of any substantial sum your responsiblity if any to the world is creating jobs and wealth for people through employment not hand outs.

                      I don't believe in organized religion, but I do believe that most, if not all of the smaller churches do help the local folk who are down on their luck.

                      If a church or soup kitchen feeds just one person who is hungry or needs medical attention, the world is already on it's way to being a better place. 

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                        All Americans are already donating to charity, it is called taxes. This is why we need the fair tax. 

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                          Talk is cheap and that's probably why so many talk about giving away what they don't have or they have little chance of ever owning.  Besides, it's a cheap way to display their generous and charitable nature.  They may even think that others who have what they want should be giving it away to them. 

                          I avoid such worthless talk even when I'm buying my lottery tickets and the clerks who don't even know my name ask if I'm going to remember them if I win big by answering "NO".  As I see it winning a lottery or earning extra money is not about taking care of others or the community, it's about taking care of yourself and sharing what you have with others is a choice not an obligation, paying taxes that support the community is an obligation. 

                           * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                             
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                            Right on Bubba!!!

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                              The size of my jackpot winnings after all applicable taxes are paid will dictate to me how I can and can not use those resources.  I plan to live at least 20 or more years so my investment plan would be to make that money last for at least that long.  When I win the Oregon Megabucks or the Multi-state Powerball or both their will be no justifying to anyone how I use those winnings.  My desire to win comes from a life lived that has been predominantly based in a low income manner.  My basic needs have always been met such as food, clothing, and shelter.  But I long for a day in my life were I can have the financial power to be able to live a life I probably would not have lived if I did not choose to gamble.  To me it is rooted in the basic need to have the power of choice in my financial life.  What I do with the money I win is only prudent to me and it would be irrelevant to any one outside of me.-weshar75