Friday, September 14, 2007 :::
You should really pity this guy. Winning 79 million dollars in cold hard cash has really been hell. Some people probably believe in that old adage that says "be careful what you wish for because it might come true," because it makes them feel better thinking that it actually wouldn't be all grapes and gravy to win the lottery. But I don't buy that crap for one second. Winning the lottery would be a major life improvement for 99.999999% of the population.
A Lottery Nightmare
This part of the article is my favorite. It describes just one of the many hardships he's had to endure after hitting the jackpot:
His home and car were repeatedly burglarized. At a strip club, thieves broke into his Lincoln Navigator and stole a briefcase stuffed with $245,000 in $100 bills and three $100,000 cashiers checks. The briefcase was later found, with the money.
Awww! They left him at the titty-bar without no cash fer panty-stuffin'! Can you imagine?
::: posted by dan at 11:40 AM :: [ link ] :: (7) comments
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Sure I'd like to win the lotto but I'm not sure I'd like to lose my anonymity or gain the bags of mail being sent to me by total strangers addressed to "Lottery Winner" in the hopes I'd give them money. Sure it would make life easier in some respects, but it would also be harder. And it wasn't like he didn't have money to begin with so winning the lotto may not have been such a lucky break after all. (don't mind me, I'm just playing devil's advocate over here)
By , at 11:59 AM
You gotta be kidding me.
1. Hire someone else to open your mail.
2. Buy a house on a large property with a large fence. Or better yet, move to the south of France or the Italian coast.
3. Live happily ever after.
By the way, you can stay rather anonymous even after winning the lottery just by avoiding press conferences and interviews, which are not required by the lottery. Sure, someone can always find out who won if they have the tenacity to ask, but I think I'd still take the 79 million.
By dan, at 12:26 PM
That's ridiculous. Besides, having a briefcase full of $100 bills is such a cliche!
Here is a great story about a totally normal person who treated their lottery win with a very admirable levelheadedness, and managed to avoid the spotlight as much as possible. Some day when I win the lottery I want to be just like him.
By , at 1:45 PM
That old guy was on the E! True Hollywood Story. Apparently, he gave his teenaged granddaughter a few cars & an allowance of $2000 per month. Then, he wondered if that contributed to her drug problem that led to her death. Ya think?
By otimak, at 3:57 PM
"If it would bring my granddaughter back, I'd give it all back," Whittaker said of his jackpot. "But I can't get her back, so might as well keep the money, I guess."
What a jackass. Why doesnít he just donate the rest of it??? Maybe set up a fund in the memory of his granddaughter, or some ort of wealthy bastard support group? F Him. Most people in the world have ALL of the problems that he has but with the additional of one really big problem that he doesnít, they donít have any fíing money!
I was so happy watching the seagull steal from the convenience store, sauntering into the store, looking around and then hustling out with his stolen goods, now Iím just angry. I hate that person SO much for being such an asshole!!!!
By , at 4:33 PM
Brandi Bragg, with a name like that his grandaughter should be doing porn!
By , at 8:50 PM
These two things don't go together:
$79MIL lottery winning & Strip Clubs! You're a multi-millionaire, what the hell are you doing in a friggin strip joint?
First thing to get after winning the lottery? A new phone number. And make sure the first things you buy aren't a Jetski and a Harley.
By , at 4:55 PM
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