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Would you beg from a lottery winner?

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hearsetrax's avatar - 0118

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Posted: July 20, 2014, 10:11 am - IP Logged

if you have to ask on what to spend money on...then you ain't been paying attention

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    Posted: July 20, 2014, 12:09 pm - IP Logged

    Wow!  Answer is a resounding "NO" from the fine, upstanding folks at lottery post. 

    Here's another twist... IF you were the lottery winner and you received a begging letter, how would you react?

    Personally, I don't even think that I would read them, 'cause you can't help everybody, so why bring yourself down by reading a bunch of sob stories every day.

    Several months ago, someone made an excellent post on what to do with begging letters.  All I remember was that it was clever, well-written and contained good advice and I wish I could remember the thread title.  I'm with you, though, I doubt I'd finish reading them when I saw what they wanted.   I'm sure there could be *some* legitimate pleas for help, but I am enough of a cynic to think the majority of them would be scams.   I believe a person who wins the lottery could look around their home town or neighborhood and find people who really could use some help.  I've got some family members who could use a helping hand, mostly younger kinfolk who could use some assistance with college (not taxable) or others with medical costs. (also not taxable)  I'd love to be able to help out my ex-wife and an old school friend, both of whom are having some health issues.


    A people that elect corrupt politicians, impostors, thieves and traitors are not victims...but accomplices.
     - George Orwell

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      Posted: July 20, 2014, 3:40 pm - IP Logged

      Around here, begging letters would get tossed in the bin without even looking at them.  I just don't understand the attitude that lottery winners are almost expected to give money to anyone who asks or they're considered greedy and mean.  You win, it's your money to do with as you please - keep it all for yourself, share some, or give it all away.  Your business, nobody else's.  The letters would likely be 99% scams - how would you pick out the legit ones?  And what a boring task that would be!  Maybe read 5 or 6 to see how creative or outrageous people get, for a laugh, but otherwise a waste of time.


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        Posted: July 20, 2014, 8:02 pm - IP Logged

        I'd give them a couple dollars and beg them to buy tickets for me! LOL

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          Posted: July 20, 2014, 9:14 pm - IP Logged

          I've received beg letters from strangers and I haven't even won the lottery. I can't imagine the undulation if I did.

          I think it's bad taste. Some people are just desperate but if they put as much effort into their situation as they did writing the letter things might turn up.

          So no. I would never beg from a lottery winner or even an average joe for that matter.

          If the chances of winning the jackpot are so slim, why play when the jackpot is so small? Your chances never change, but the potential payoff does.
          If a crystal ball showed you the future of the rest of your life, and in that future you will never win a jackpot, would you still play?

          2016: -48.28% (13 tickets) ||
          P&L % = Total Win($)/Total Wager($) - 1

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            Posted: July 20, 2014, 10:18 pm - IP Logged

            NO. No one is entitled to a dime of another person's lottery win or any windfall. That sort of a "give me" attitude from people (and I am referring to ones they are not down on their luck and often have good jobs but just want something for nothing) annoys me. If you gave those people $, they would waste it and come to you for more money.

            I agree! so many folks out there feel they were dealt a bad situation/life and justify an entitlement attitude because it was through no fault of their own.

            The old saying of teaching someone how to fish instead of giving them a handout goes a long way.

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              Posted: July 21, 2014, 7:04 am - IP Logged

              You know it make me remember something Dave Edwards said, he was talking about receiving alot of mail from people asking for money and he   said the post office was delivering it to him with no return address or name on it the letters usually just said powerball winner. He said the post man said we'll we give it to you because we know who you are, my thing is 1st he wasnt the only lottery winner in the state and also I thought the post office wasnt supposed to deliver mail anymore that doesnt have a name or return address on it. Cause you gotta believe alot of these beggars are too lazy to try and find your actual name much less your address

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                Posted: July 21, 2014, 12:26 pm - IP Logged

                no

                Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

                For a lead role in a cage?

                 

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                  Posted: July 22, 2014, 8:07 am - IP Logged

                  "Cause you gotta belive alot of these beggars are too lazy to try and find your actual name much less your address"

                  Green laugh

                  You got it, Shelby.  Actually, if it has your actual name and address (or at least town), then I would guess it probably comes from an organized gang of scammers who routinely target all new lottery winners to see what they can get.  Only costs a stamp.

                  "There is no such thing as luck; only adequate or inadequate preparation to cope with a statistical universe."

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                    Posted: July 22, 2014, 11:06 am - IP Logged

                    yes, I would beg from a lottery winner. I would beg them to collect the prize money as anonymous as possible LOL

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                      Posted: July 23, 2014, 10:29 am - IP Logged

                      Been watching some "Lottery Changed my Life" shows lately, and one common theme that runs through all the shows is how the winners have been inundated by requests for money.  One guy even showed a big brown paper grocery bag full (and I mean FULL!) of begging letters.

                      So, would you beg from a lottery winner?

                      If they lived in your town would you track them down and ask them in person?  Or leave a note on their car or at their house?

                      Would you go to the trouble to find an address for lottery winners, so that you could mail them a letter with some sort of hard luck story and a request for money?

                      Just curious...

                      No, I would not do that. When I won, I was FLOODED with texts, phone calls, messages on Facebook, etc., and I didn't even win "millions"! As a matter of fact, many people knew I had won before I did because it was announced on TV and I was at work. When I got off work and got in my car my phone was flooded with voice mails with one of them being my cousin saying "I'm glad you won because I need so-and-so"!!!! REALLY???

                      I think if I won millions of dollars my downfall would be my constant desire to help people, and giving money away. I do it now and I'm not even rich LOL.

                      I am a $20,000 winner from a Georgia Lottery scratch off game called "$3,000,000 Taxes Paid"!

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                        Posted: July 23, 2014, 2:54 pm - IP Logged

                        When I won, I was FLOODED with texts, phone calls, messages on Facebook, etc., and I didn't even win "millions"!

                        Wow, Tinker!  What an experience!

                        Sounds like many people have no problem with begging -- although they probably wouldn't use that word.

                        "There is no such thing as luck; only adequate or inadequate preparation to cope with a statistical universe."

                        ~Robert A. Heinlein

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                          Posted: July 23, 2014, 4:47 pm - IP Logged

                          No, I would not do that. When I won, I was FLOODED with texts, phone calls, messages on Facebook, etc., and I didn't even win "millions"! As a matter of fact, many people knew I had won before I did because it was announced on TV and I was at work. When I got off work and got in my car my phone was flooded with voice mails with one of them being my cousin saying "I'm glad you won because I need so-and-so"!!!! REALLY???

                          I think if I won millions of dollars my downfall would be my constant desire to help people, and giving money away. I do it now and I'm not even rich LOL.

                          You won "only" $20,000 (congrats btw!) and you got flooded with requests?!  Either people are stupid or just ... well, stupid.  That's really not that much to be giving much, if any, away.  Yeah sure, I want to fritter it all away and be left with $20 Confused.  Although you'd probably get some demanding that last $20 too.  Just coz you're a lottery winner.  Which in many people's tiny little minds seems to mean you don't deserve to keep it or do with it what you wish and have to give it away to anyone who asks, just because.

                          Goes to show how bad it can get for people who win multi-millions.  Like scary bad - 'afraid for your safety' bad.

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                            Posted: July 24, 2014, 7:24 am - IP Logged

                            You won "only" $20,000 (congrats btw!) and you got flooded with requests?!  Either people are stupid or just ... well, stupid.  That's really not that much to be giving much, if any, away.  Yeah sure, I want to fritter it all away and be left with $20 Confused.  Although you'd probably get some demanding that last $20 too.  Just coz you're a lottery winner.  Which in many people's tiny little minds seems to mean you don't deserve to keep it or do with it what you wish and have to give it away to anyone who asks, just because.

                            Goes to show how bad it can get for people who win multi-millions.  Like scary bad - 'afraid for your safety' bad.

                            Excellent post, Pita!

                            Yeah, funny you don't get anyone saying "Well, if you share the win with me I'll give you some money to help cover all those losing tickets you spent your money on over the years".

                            Course all these beggars live in the World of Me, where its all about ME, MY NEEDS, MY WANTS, 24/27.

                            "There is no such thing as luck; only adequate or inadequate preparation to cope with a statistical universe."

                            ~Robert A. Heinlein

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                              Posted: July 24, 2014, 10:37 am - IP Logged

                              No, the first time I win some money years ago everybody feel like they were entitled to some of it, including distance family members, co- workers, friends, total strangers, people I had not see in decades. It was a scratch off game. I learned my lesson on the first win. So when I hit again two more times, I buy land and leave town. I just take the check to the next town.