I was reading a news article about a Missouri couple who won half of the $587 million Powerball jackpot back in November. They collected $136.5 million after taxes. What makes this couple different from most is they continue to live modest lives giving most of the money back to their community. The article went on to tell about other lottery winners whose lives really go bad after winning and many lose all of the money in a matter of years. Here is the link to the article (if the link works).
I don't buy lottery tickets. I've always felt a person has a better chance robbing a bank and getting away with it than winning anything to speak of through a lottery. Also I feel money causes problems. Well, the lack of money does too but that's not my point. I wouldn't want all that money. Why I'd have to figure out what to do with it all. I don't need the stress. What I would like to see with these lotteries is instead of a $587 million jackpot, how about 587 million dollar winners? Or 1174 half million dollar winners? Just imagine how $100,000 could help 5870 people. Spread it around. $100,000 I could manage. Why I might even buy a lottery ticket then.