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The Curse of the Lottery

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Posted: August 5, 2008, 11:46 pm - IP Logged

Do you all believe such a curse?

I do. I don't believe there is anything necessarily mystical about it; however, it is simply human nature.

Nobody is immune: Jack Whittaker was a successful construction firm owner and operator with a seven-figure net worth before he won the $315M Powerball jackpot way back when.

There's the Metcalf/Merida winners. Both died within a couple years of winning a $65 million jackpot.


The list goes on and on.

It makes one wonder if our lives are worth gambling away for the money.

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    Posted: August 5, 2008, 11:54 pm - IP Logged

     Are you saying if we don't gamble, we could live forever without any problems?

     * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
       
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      Posted: August 5, 2008, 11:57 pm - IP Logged

      no i don't believe in a cursed lottery. people make their own choices when they win... if they choose to take unorthodox risks or endeavor in immoral behavior then they get what they deserve.

      Lots of winners have won and while their lives may have changed because of it they nevertheless continued to live without disastrous effects.

      Everybody has to die sometime but nobody has to squander the money just because they won. That's their proactive.

      Lots of people have commented about this similar subject. It's the news that only reports the bad stuff, they usually don't report that a winner is doing fine and all is dandy with them that's not newsworthy.  

      Big John says. You don't hit the number. The number hits you!!!!

                     I'm not Big John, I'm Four4me, Big John's a friend.
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        Posted: August 6, 2008, 12:01 am - IP Logged

        He may not be saying that, but it appears that he thinks that before winning the lottery (after buying $100 worth of tickets) Jack Whittaker was a wealthy businessman who didn't have a fondness for gambling, or tendencies to do things that might not be a good idea.

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          Posted: August 6, 2008, 12:18 am - IP Logged

          I agree with four4me. The lottery isn't cursed. Bad things can happen to lottery winners just like bad things happen to people who haven't won the lottery.

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

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            Posted: August 6, 2008, 12:26 am - IP Logged

            He may not be saying that, but it appears that he thinks that before winning the lottery (after buying $100 worth of tickets) Jack Whittaker was a wealthy businessman who didn't have a fondness for gambling, or tendencies to do things that might not be a good idea.

            Jack went off the deep end when his pastors refused to take his money stating that they didn't want the devils money. He offered both churches money they flatly refused. He became irate and soon  afterwords started his long trip down the drain. Being the man he was he couldn't accept that his clergy didn't need him or his money and was well shunned by most of the congregation. At one point it was stated that his wife wouldn't even make him a cup of coffee.

            It's not like he couldn't afford a maid or anything his own family felt the pressure of winning so much money. Jack could have did what any self respecting person would have and up rooted himself from this small town and lived differently. Instead he went down the path of destruction.  

            Big John says. You don't hit the number. The number hits you!!!!

                           I'm not Big John, I'm Four4me, Big John's a friend.
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              Posted: August 6, 2008, 1:15 am - IP Logged

              The only cursing involved is what the winner does Cussing Face after finding out that everything they or relatives do will now be used as filler in the tabloids that call themselves 'news' papers. Dead

              In neo-conned Amerika, bank robs you.
              Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms should be the name of a convenience store, not a govnoment agency.

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                Posted: August 6, 2008, 3:00 am - IP Logged

                Is the new Batman movie cursed?  Life happens, doesn't matter how much money you suddenly have.   Except to say the more money you have the more interesting and exciting ways you can find to kill yourself by accident.
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                  Posted: August 6, 2008, 4:17 am - IP Logged

                  what gods do i have to blaspheme, to  be worthy of this particular curse? i agree with above posters about it being only the  sad sack stories getting reported. i mean headlines like

                   

                  " lotto parents buy daughter; a single mother,  a house:  children off to college "

                   

                  just dont cut it. it seems winning lotto doesnt increase IQ, or make you any more content. it just means when you mess things up, you get to make a bigger disaster of things.

                  2014 = -1016; 2015= -1409; 2016  = -1171; 2017 = ?  TOT =  -3596

                  keno historic = -2291 ; 2015= -603; 2016= -424; 2017 = ? TOT = - 3318

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                    Posted: August 6, 2008, 7:09 am - IP Logged

                    Skeptical I doubt thars a curse .... although I've wished the few curses on the few that have gotten that lucky in recent years Evil Smile

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                      Posted: August 7, 2008, 5:37 am - IP Logged

                      The curse is the publicity, if the people involved did not or were not required to go public, they would not have so many problems. If John or Jane Doe wins or inherits a lump sum and tells all and sundry, he at the very least will be expected to pony-up at every turn. He/She will have charities contacting them to assist in their wonderful projects, and then you have all the crazies. Discretion is the better part of valor!

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                        Posted: August 7, 2008, 9:48 am - IP Logged

                        I welcome the curse..

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                          Posted: August 7, 2008, 7:28 pm - IP Logged

                          Do you all believe such a curse?

                          I do. I don't believe there is anything necessarily mystical about it; however, it is simply human nature.

                          Nobody is immune: Jack Whittaker was a successful construction firm owner and operator with a seven-figure net worth before he won the $315M Powerball jackpot way back when.

                          There's the Metcalf/Merida winners. Both died within a couple years of winning a $65 million jackpot.


                          The list goes on and on.

                          It makes one wonder if our lives are worth gambling away for the money.

                          I'd like to take that chance myself, Jim.  People make their own decisions on what they do with their jackpot.  The only curse is poor decision making.

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                          singlewinnersinglewinnersinglewinner   

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                            Posted: August 8, 2008, 3:20 pm - IP Logged

                            I would welcome the money just so I can move out of Bakersfield and get back to my hometown of San Diego. GET ME OUT OF THE HEAT!

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                              Posted: August 8, 2008, 3:45 pm - IP Logged

                              Jack's problem wasn't the money, it was how he put himself out there on display and choices he made.. I'm willing to wager he didn't develop his bad habits as a result of winning either. To me he's always come off as one of those character good ol'boy types who love attention. It's like blaming the gun in your hand for killing someone when you picked it up and pulled the trigger. I would love to be "cursed" with winning a jackpot, especially a record breaking one as his was.

                              Also didn't stop him from playing the lottery since he won another 10K six months ago.

                              You can't predict random.