Lotto Winner Miserable - Life an absolute living hell.

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by Dracon M'Alkir, Sep 15, 2007.

  1. Dracon M'Alkir

    Dracon M'Alkir Vault Senior Citizen

    Jul 19, 2004
  2. Kyuu

    Kyuu Insert Awesome Title Here

    Jul 19, 2007
    Actually, you'll find that if you inquire into people's lives after they win large amounts of money, many would say they're much less happy than they were before they came into the money. Their friends start demanding money, and leave if they refuse. Their spouses and loved ones start demanding money, and become estranged if they refuse. Yadda yadda yadda, so on and so on.

    Whaddya expect... too many people are money-grubbing assholes.

    Money can and does have a positive effect on a person's life, up to the point where you can live comfortably without financial woes. Past that point, money doesn't really add anything meaningful to a person's life, and can have negative effects. Friends, relatives, and all sorts of people feel that they're entitled to "gifts" from a person that comes into money.

    Not to mention, kids who grow up in well-off families are often pretty messed up people (see Danielle Steele's daughters, Paris Hilton, etc. and so on). They merely engage in the same sort of debauchery as less well-off people, but in dramatically over-the-top ways (while wearing expensive clothing). Not always, of course, but having no limits is not good for a person's development. This also reflects on the parents, obviously.

    In this story, the problem of fame that can accompany the money is also a big problem. Though it seems as though most of his problems came from the media catching him at handling his personal problems poorly, as well as incidental problems that may or may not have anything to do with the lotto jackpot.
     
  3. Sorrow

    Sorrow So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Feb 9, 2006
    That's why I never play on lotteries.
     
  4. Maphusio

    Maphusio Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Sep 25, 2004
    Hurley from Lost?!
     
  5. TheWesDude

    TheWesDude Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Feb 25, 2005
    in reality winning the lottery is either going to make you very poor very fast or destroy your personal life.

    the only hope you have of really salvaging your personal life after winning the lottery is to move away from where you lived and hide it. thats not the way it should be, but unfortunately usually the best way to maintain.
     
  6. SuAside

    SuAside Testament to the ghoul lifespan
    Admin

    May 27, 2004
    just get the money & live like you lived before tbh... (though more at ease)

    but dont go do stupid crap.
     
  7. Zeronock

    Zeronock First time out of the vault

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    Jul 22, 2006
    Ok, when i saw this I thought, "Oh, this might be funny." Then I saw the words, "MOUNT HOPE, West Virginia" and "Jack Whittaker"

    I don't need to even read the article. Why you may ask? I live in Sophia, West Virginia. 10 minutes away from Mount Hope. And good 'ol Jack... trust me the money didn't ruin his life. Going to the local strip bar for hours on end and then getting pulled over for... god knows how many DUI's he's gotten. The guy was shit before the money. And he's shit after it. But then if my wife were as nasty as his, I would stay at the strip bar a lot too. I think the cops in the area have a little game of who can pull him over the most.

    Another thing about the Whittakers the entire family is a stain on human existence. It's not some sad story about how money ruined someone's life. it's a funny story about how money made someone's sad existence even more sad.

    That said, I'm done.
     
  8. quietfanatic

    quietfanatic Ancient One

    Dec 10, 2003
    I don't gamble myself, but winning can be very handy. My grandfather won a smallish lottery, then practically blew it buying a property in a relatively bad area because they couldn't get the piano into the nicer places. It would have been nice if he was a better money manager. However, my mum's neighbour there introduced her to the club where she met my father, so that was still lucky.

    I wonder if American lottery winners have a tougher time than those elsewhere in the world? It seems likely.

    If envious friends abandon you, they aren't very good friends, but I would expect wealthy people to be charitable to those with real need in addition to any investment they might make. I dislike wasteful splurging, even if I could afford it.
     
  9. El_Smacko

    El_Smacko It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Jul 12, 2007
    I really don't think that old idea of rich=unfulfilled is true. I think a good person who manages their money properly, and has good friends, can be perfectly happy with millions of dollars lying around.

    It's juts alot of people who win seem to be poor at managing their money and have terrible friends, alongside personal flaws that are magnified with the presence of near unlimited funds.
     
  10. Kyuu

    Kyuu Insert Awesome Title Here

    Jul 19, 2007
    Yes, but one big problem with lotto winners in particular is, they have no idea how to manage their money because they (generally, not exactly the case in the instance with the guy in this article) aren't even used to having even $100 to spare in a month, let alone however many millions of dollars.

    Also, people who are good friends when you're poor won't necessarily remain that way when you come into money. Money can very much cloud people's good sense.
     
  11. Sander

    Sander This ghoul has seen it all
    Staff Member Admin Orderite

    Jul 5, 2003
    That's a pretty bullshit assumption.
    A better reason would be that they continually engage in an activity that will only lose them money in the long run. That's pretty much the definition of bad money-management right there.
     
  12. victor

    victor Antediluvian as Feck
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    Dec 12, 2003
    Hey, he could give all that money to me. They would solve ALL of my problems, money always does.
     
  13. Kyuu

    Kyuu Insert Awesome Title Here

    Jul 19, 2007
    Er, so that's different from what I said how?
     
  14. Sander

    Sander This ghoul has seen it all
    Staff Member Admin Orderite

    Jul 5, 2003
    In that you claimed they never have more than $100 to spare, which is a bullshit assumption since many people simply join because they have that money to spare, while I commented on the fact that lotteries have a negative expected return.
     
  15. SimpleMinded

    SimpleMinded Vault Fossil

    Jun 17, 2003
    Aye, if you're buying lottery tickets... clearly you're not in for financially sound money making investments. So the people who win the lottery aren't really people who are good with their money. I'm with Sander on this one.
     
  16. Makagulfazel

    Makagulfazel Adept Bungler of Things Orderite

    Jun 14, 2007
    Things like this seem to stem from him not having good friends/wife to begin with. Overall, I think the guy needs to stop bitching. If he didn't want the money, he should have donated it all to a list of charitities($23 million for churches? WTF? People are starving out there, and you build churches?). If he didn't want his granddaughter to die, he should'nt have given her so much money. Instead, he sits and bitches about how bad his life is.

    What a loser. Learn to say, "no."
     
  17. xdarkyrex

    xdarkyrex Vault Senior Citizen

    Aug 28, 2006
    I would be excellent at winning the lottery, because I already hate everyone I know, except the few people I would give money to, who would promptly receive a big old 'fuck you' if they asked for anything more than I was willing to offer.
     
  18. WarmMachineME

    WarmMachineME First time out of the vault

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    Apr 23, 2004
    This is definitely more a story of an already sad life getting sadder. Money didn't give his daughter cancer, his granddaughter a drug addiction, or give him the idea to take a quarter of a million dollars down to the local strip club.

    Personally, I could turn a massive jackpot win into a fairy tale. If you don't believe me, give me $315 million and I'll show you.
     
  19. Zeronock

    Zeronock First time out of the vault

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    Jul 22, 2006

    Anyone interested in WHY his granddaughter got a drug addiction? anyone?

    Alright, take a guess....

    WRONG

    whatever you guessed it's wrong.

    Unless you guessed that he bought her her own FREAKING HOUSE

    Yes you read right, a 15 year old with her own house. That should sen off bells and whistles right there.
     
  20. Ah-Teen

    Ah-Teen Vault Senior Citizen
    Orderite

    Jun 21, 2007
    Actually in America, most people who play the lottery don't play for amusement, they play expecting that it will eventually pan out.

    My sister is one of them, she really shouldn't spend her money on it because she has so little. She's lost her house twice, but she believes that she will win eventually.

    I know several poor families that go though the same thing. I know no middle class or wealthy people who do.