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Lottery winner donates jackpot to church.

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Posted: August 28, 2008, 3:09 pm - IP Logged

A parishioner leaves his winning lottery ticket in the collection plate.

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    Posted: August 28, 2008, 3:59 pm - IP Logged

    How generous! I wonder how the taxes work on that being as the church is non profit and all.

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      Posted: August 28, 2008, 4:07 pm - IP Logged

      I just saw the news.  It was a $3,000,000 New York Scratch off.  Not many people would have done that, me included. WTG!

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        Posted: August 28, 2008, 4:10 pm - IP Logged

        How generous! I wonder how the taxes work on that being as the church is non profit and all.

        Most churches believe gambling is a sin so the real question is who will take the ticket to the lottery headquarters and cash it?

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          Posted: August 28, 2008, 4:21 pm - IP Logged

          The best thing is to donate the money anonymously without telling where the money came from, else they may be rejected.

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            Posted: August 28, 2008, 4:42 pm - IP Logged

            That is a very noble thing to do, but like someone mention earlier, churches do consider gambling a sin..i wouldnt have dont it...maybe they had it in the bundle of ones and it fell out and they would have felt embarrassed to pull out a lottery ticket while the basket was being passed around in front of everyone ;-)

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              Posted: August 28, 2008, 6:02 pm - IP Logged

              That is a very noble thing to do, but like someone mention earlier, churches do consider gambling a sin..i wouldnt have dont it...maybe they had it in the bundle of ones and it fell out and they would have felt embarrassed to pull out a lottery ticket while the basket was being passed around in front of everyone ;-)

              Not all churches and faiths consider gambling a sin.

              "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 28, 2008, 6:55 pm - IP Logged

                The best thing is to donate the money anonymously without telling where the money came from, else they may be rejected.

                MillionsWanted,

                Not sure what they do in Norway, but in the U.S. in order for the person to donate anonymously (which is actually what they did by putting the ticket in the collection basket) they would still have to had cashed the ticket and thus be taxed on it.

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

                  According to this article:
                   http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2069761/posts

                  The church will receive $150,000 a year, minus taxes, for 20 years. Because True North, a nondenominational Christian church with 650 members, is a nonprofit, the church can file for refund claims for a portion or all of the taxes withheld by the lottery.

                   * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                     
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                    Posted: August 28, 2008, 8:02 pm - IP Logged

                    According to this article:
                     http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2069761/posts

                    The church will receive $150,000 a year, minus taxes, for 20 years. Because True North, a nondenominational Christian church with 650 members, is a nonprofit, the church can file for refund claims for a portion or all of the taxes withheld by the lottery.

                    I think I'll start a church. Lots of fringe benefits.

                    Bingo night is gonna be very interesting in my church...Wink