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Old 09-14-2007, 07:15 PM   #21
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This guys life was already a nightmare! All the lottery did was throw a high-beam spotlight on it.

Oh yeah - and of course there were all those people asking him for money! I guess he didn't have THAT problem before.

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Old 09-14-2007, 08:29 PM   #22
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His business was already worth 17 MILLION and an additional aprox. 100mil made such a great difference?

The statistical odds against both occurrences are enormous!

It's easy to see a normal person thrust into difficulty by a big lottery win, but he was rich, by any standard, already. Obviously the fame made him a target of strangers, but his family life should have already been geared to wealth.

Fishy. Has a bull left a deposit behind?
I agree. It does sound fishy. After you won 100M, you can say anything you want. Who's really going to question you?
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Old 09-14-2007, 10:09 PM   #23
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On a television show which featured the woes that have befallen a number of mega lottery winners I did hear one interesting quote - that is winning does not change a person's character, rather it emphasises what already exists.

For every negative story such as this I am sure there are a dozen more success stories.

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Old 09-14-2007, 11:05 PM   #24
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For every negative story such as this I am sure there are a dozen more success stories.
IIRC correctly, the Discovery channel did a show on this. They all seemed happy and more secure now that they had their winnings. It must not have done too well since I never saw another, not enough Schadenfreude, I guess.
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Old 09-15-2007, 12:13 AM   #25
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I did a google search on lottery mega-millionaires, there are a number that have gone really bad, though probably they are the exception that are newsworthy. Like others have said, this can just magnify their problems that already existed.

There's a famous Silicon Valley IPO story, about the president of Eagle Computers. The day his company went public, he arranged for a Ferrari to be delivered. I'm not sure if the stories that he'd celebrated a bit too enthusiatically are true, but at some point in the evening he crashed his new car and died.
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Old 09-15-2007, 03:53 AM   #26
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I vaguely remember a local Louisiana tv blurb about restoring a patch of wetlands/doing an animal sanctuary/etc.

It was casually mentioned in passing that the woman could afford all this beside she won 'a mere' 20 mil in the lottery (a while back) and was doing a good job investing the money.

Note - that it was a wildlife channel and no details on investing or other lifestyle choices.

I wonder how many 'ho-hum' non newsworthy winners are out there?

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The guy about 5 miles up the street from me won the lottery ( a couple million about 15 years ago). To celebrate he threw a big party and hired his friend to do a stunt show with his plane over the property during the party...the plane ended up nose-diving into the ground and burned the pilot beyond recognition - all in front of the crowd, including the wife and children of the pilot....

That sort of tainted the whole "I won the lottery euphoria..."
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Old 09-16-2007, 01:09 PM   #28
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Yes, it sounds fishy. Truth be know the guy is just greedy and wants to discourage everyone from buying lottery tickets to better his odds of winning again. You bet. Thatís the reason.

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Old 09-17-2007, 01:13 PM   #29
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If I won the lottery I would set up a Swiss bank account and have the money wired there, and hire some stiff to appear for the cameras..........
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Friends of the family won $4 million about 10 years ago.

Usually you hear of people winning that don't really "deserve" it (i.e. 18 years old, etc. and you just know that in a few years there won't be a penny left) but this couple really did. The husband was on long-term disability with a bad back and the wife worked nights cleaning banks. The only big purchases they made were a $500K house and a new car (nothing fancy).
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