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Do you think the $270 mega millions winner went public too soon?

yes [ 59 ]  [59.00%]
no [ 10 ]  [10.00%]
maybe [ 4 ]  [4.00%]
who cares [ 24 ]  [24.00%]
no comment [ 3 ]  [3.00%]
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JackpotWanna's avatar - squiz

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Posted: February 25, 2008, 11:08 pm - IP Logged

I think the $270 mega millions winner went public too soon. Come on, he won on friday went public on saturday.  He should have done more planning before going public.  My Mom said He looked so worried on today's news on channel 7.

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    Posted: February 25, 2008, 11:39 pm - IP Logged

    If it was me, I would have taken some time before going public, but since it's not my ticket, they can do whatever they want.

    "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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      Posted: February 25, 2008, 11:51 pm - IP Logged

      I think they did. If you're going to go public, then do it at the time you claim your prize, not before when all you have is a slip of paper that anything could happen to it. 

      Gonna win.Big Smile

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        Posted: February 26, 2008, 1:03 am - IP Logged

        I think they did. If you're going to go public, then do it at the time you claim your prize, not before when all you have is a slip of paper that anything could happen to it. 

        I agree, but beyond that, why hide ?

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          Posted: February 26, 2008, 1:48 am - IP Logged

          They certainly didn't have their phone number changed on a Saturday, so that exceeds my requirements for "too soon" by a substantial margin.

          Some of the stuff I've heard sounds like they'll do okay, but some doesn't. I think claiming that fast is a warning sign, and they've declared bankruptcy twice in the last  15 years. That might just indicate bad luck of some sort, but it may also mean budgeting problems. Of course they can make it through much bigger budgeting problems now, and even if they squander 3 times as much as David Edwards did they'll still have at least 20 million left.

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            Posted: February 26, 2008, 2:08 am - IP Logged

            I didn't know whether to choose "who cares" or "yes."  I don't care because it has no effect whatsoever on my life.  However, IMHO they definitely should have waited until they changed their phone number and consulted with an attorney. 

            The town is very small, so it would have really been buzzing anyway.  Still, waving that ticket around was foolish.  I would do just the opposite and not leave the house all weekend! 

            On other threads/blogs this past weekend I disagreed, since I assumed the ticket had been signed, scanned, validated, copied and was in safe hands.  Maybe I was wrong.  I just figured that after he made such a big public production, nobody could steal the ticket and get away with claiming it as his own.  Looking back, maybe the reason I defended this couple is that (a) it's none of my business and (b) I just couldn't imagine anyone being that irresponsible with a ticket worth a fortune.  As Scary wrote....it's not my ticket. 

            I wish the family a lot of happiness and as someone here used to say "I hope they come forward and don't have financial problems in the future."   

            Jester

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              Posted: February 26, 2008, 2:20 am - IP Logged

              If it was me, I would have taken some time before going public, but since it's not my ticket, they can do whatever they want.

              I Agree!

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                Posted: February 26, 2008, 2:37 am - IP Logged

                I think they did. If you're going to go public, then do it at the time you claim your prize, not before when all you have is a slip of paper that anything could happen to it. 

                Eek I truly agree with you,I mean people are crazy and lettin others know about the win an the couple didn't even cash the ticket yet,someone could have knocked them upside the head or something and took the ticket you know.The crazy things people do involving money...

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                  Posted: February 26, 2008, 5:48 am - IP Logged

                  It's not my ticket so It really doesn't matter,,,I wish them well, but at the same time I hope they stay in the limelight....to many winners seem to go underground and disappear,,,I'm looking for new stories to read.....

                  "Everybody has to believe in something...I believe I'll have another beer!"   = W.C.Fields                      

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                    Posted: February 26, 2008, 7:05 am - IP Logged

                    I'm glad they went public.  I like to read the stories of winners-" after the big win."  But I think they were just crazy to go public before they cashed in the ticket. Do you think maybe they were afraid something bad would happen to them and they wanted everyone to know who they were before it did?  Sort of "safety in numbers" thing?  Too many know they won so no one can derail them with some sort of story that it belonged to them?  Something like that?  As crazy as it sounds, it is the only reasoning I can fathom in my mind for such actions.

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                      Posted: February 26, 2008, 7:46 am - IP Logged

                      I haven't even cashed my $10 ticket I won a week ago. 

                      New york gives players 1 year to claim mega millions jackpot.  I plan to use it when I win.

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                        Posted: February 26, 2008, 7:54 am - IP Logged

                        They certainly didn't have their phone number changed on a Saturday, so that exceeds my requirements for "too soon" by a substantial margin.

                        Some of the stuff I've heard sounds like they'll do okay, but some doesn't. I think claiming that fast is a warning sign, and they've declared bankruptcy twice in the last  15 years. That might just indicate bad luck of some sort, but it may also mean budgeting problems. Of course they can make it through much bigger budgeting problems now, and even if they squander 3 times as much as David Edwards did they'll still have at least 20 million left.

                        Type Time will tell soon enough I reckon

                        But as I posted in another thread in reponse to Them wanting the H3 and other toys ..........

                        I predict they shall become the "other What not to do when ya when the lotto" 

                          JackpotWanna's avatar - squiz

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                          Posted: February 26, 2008, 9:44 am - IP Logged

                          Type Time will tell soon enough I reckon

                          But as I posted in another thread in reponse to Them wanting the H3 and other toys ..........

                          I predict they shall become the "other What not to do when ya when the lotto" 

                          I think annuity would have been best served here.  $10 million/26 years would have been easier to budget. Spend 5 million and save 5 million.  Any remaining amount given to grand children.  He is 54 so he can live to 80 is reasonable.  Why take cash? 

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                            Posted: February 26, 2008, 9:55 am - IP Logged

                            Type Time will tell soon enough I reckon

                            But as I posted in another thread in reponse to Them wanting the H3 and other toys ..........

                            I predict they shall become the "other What not to do when ya when the lotto" 

                            Yes inded about the H3 and stuff. when she said they were going to help people in town with their needs, those "needs" quickly went from needing a car to "needing a Hummer", etc... (and that's family, not even the townies yet)

                            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: February 26, 2008, 10:40 am - IP Logged

                              I agree, but beyond that, why hide ?

                              I think that reason alone is enough reason to hide, at least until you claim it. You never know what someone else would do. It's a sick world. Imagine showing the ticket to a group of people and someone snatches it and tries to run off with it. Even if you've signed it or run after them, they might end up tearing it up and throwing it into the air because they don't want you to have it. No more ticket to claim your prize. You certainly aren't going to get that money by suing the person who took it and I'd imagine the most they would get charged with is misdemeanor theft. It's just a slip of paper. All your dreams could be wiped away in a heartbeat. If I ever win Powerball, the only people that will get even a glimpse of the ticket(no touching though) will be my parents and sister.

                              Gonna win.Big Smile