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Friends family lucky day at the casino

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by senior smoke, Aug 17, 2013.

  1. senior smoke

    senior smoke Well-Known Member

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    Hello:
    Recently, I was on jury duty. As I was waiting to be called there was an empty seat next to me with a monthly magazine from the local casino. I started paging through the magazine and there was a page that listed that particular months big winners along with their individual pictures.

    I was shocked to see a friend of mine with his picture showing that he was a big winner on slot machines. As I am continued reading further, not only did he win, but there was a picture showing his mother and his father as winners too.

    The odds of having three members of your family winning large sums at the casino during the same month must be astronomical?

    Around a week latter, I ran into my friend and mentioned what I saw and read recently. He told me the biggest mistake of his and his families life was having their pictures taken along with the amounts that they won which also included their first names.

    He said it did not take long before other family members and friends found out that they won money and then the calls started with tales of woe asking for financial help.

    Here's my question, if you would ever win a large sum of money, would you plaster your name and picture in a magazine, and how would you handle the calls of friends and relatives calling you for financial help?

    I had a friend who once won a lottery and he said the relatives come out of the wood work and the charities will find you, continually asking for money. He also had to quit his job as fellow employees were constantly asking him for money as well as management questioned why he would even still continue to work? He ended up getting a divorce and said he wished he had never won the money as he was happier before the big win.

    Steve Balistreri
    Wauwatosa Wisconsin
     
  2. slayer

    slayer Well-Known Member

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    Probably won't happen 'cause I don't give my money to the Indians. When you see your friend again ask him how much it cost him to win that prize. Bill
     
  3. handlepuller

    handlepuller Well-Known Member

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    I don't gamble in casinos either but if I won the lottery I'd start a foundation with say 25 million of it. The foundation would have a mission, say children's health or whatever is important to you, and a board to determine who gets grants.

    That way whenever somebody asked for money you could tell them to submit an application to your foundation and the board would decide. Things that didn't fit the mission, like new cars, obviously wouldn't be funded.

    I'd try my best to stay anonymous.
     
  4. timberfaller

    timberfaller Well-Known Member

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    If I ever was to win a load of money, I would remain a under the radar as much as possible.

    Depending on amount, family will come first.

    But won't worry about it, don't visit the Indians tepee's or the state extortion machines.

    Remember the "reason" from the state for their Lottos???? NONE has come to pass and people still fall for it.
     
  5. Bisi

    Bisi TS Member

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    I don't play the lottery and haven't been in a casino in years, so I guess I will never have that problem. But if I do decide to start to play I would want to win as much as a person can before it makes news.

    There has been some guy all over the news recently who won a big lotto. I'm willing to bet his life is going to be a living hell for a while.
     
  6. wireguy

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    I read a story written by a lady attorney who handles things for people who win lotteries. Almost universally it destroys their lives and they end up just as broke as before they won the money.

    I suspect that the money reveals how vacuous most people's lives are. Those who already have a life will continue to have one, with more freedom to do it right. Those who don't have a life will try to purchase a life by buying "stuff". The harder they buy the more the emptiness of their lives is revealed and the more they buy and it goes around and around in a circle until the money is gone.
     
  7. grnberetcj

    grnberetcj Active Member

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    It would be a hoot to buy up the mortgages of people you don't like or they don't like you, then each month they'd have to cut you a check....

    Curt