|Posted: September 28, 2008, 10:51 pm - IP Logged|
People don't care that you won the lottery; they care that you have a lot of money. Claiming a jackpot anonymously by me would be useless because if I'm living in a big house and driving around in a Lamborghini, it won't matter.
I have to respectfully disagree.
If you have a lot of money, but you worked hard for it, people will respect that and will not coming begging for money too often. Of course, you will still have your gold-diggers and your occasional wacko, but it will be pretty limited.
If you win the lottery and you are not anonymous, you will have waves of people begging for money.
First, you have all your friends and family, expecting there share.
Then, you have people who aren't really your friends or are your second cousin, and they think they should get some of your luck too.
Then, you have the thousands of people that will see that you won on the news and tell you their sad story and how you should help them out.
Don't believe me? Let me share an example.
I collect my paycheck every two weeks. No one has ever seen me collect my paycheck and expect me to give them some money just because I got paid.
I collect a $100 powerball win, and half the people I tell say, I guess you are buying lunch.
If you win, and are not anonymous, everyone that knows you won your money, instead of earned it, is going to expect their free lunch from you.
You may be okay with that, and able to say no, but many people just cannot.