Lotto Winner: Big Loser

Ottawa – A lottery winner who squandered every penny of his CAN$10-million (about R55-million) jackpot hanged himself in his parents’ garage this week, newspapers reported on Wednesday.

There are a couple of lines I’d like to hilight from that article.

A photo at the time showed [the lotto winner] with a broad toothless grin, wearing a baseball cap with long hair and a moustache.

In July, [the lotto winner] was forced to take a job doing heavy lifting on a friend’s farm to support his girlfriend and six young children.

Hanging participles aside (can baseball caps have long hair and mustaches?), is the term ‘trailer trash’ coming to anyone else’s mind? There should be a law against people like that winning millions without taking some sort of compulsory course in handling finances.

Here’s another lotto winner who is miserable after winning millions. After the deeply religious man donated $20-million to churches and charities and other worthy causes, and set up a foundation that provides clothing and food to the poor, his luck changed. A briefcase with $545,000 was stolen from his car while it was parked at a strip club. Soon his car, office and house were also targeted. Then he was charged for drunk driving, prosecuted for illegal possession of a weapon, and was sentenced to probation for assaulting a bar owner. Add to that numerous other pending lawsuits surrounding charges of assault and sexual harrassment. And then both his granddaughter and her friend die of drug overdoses. The same granddaughter he gave 6 cars to after winning the lotto. Spoiled much?

And he blames it all on winning the Lotto. I think all the lotto winning did was to allow him to further explore the depth of his stupidity. Especially given that he actually started out doing quite well.

Again, there should be some sort of law. Compulsary re-education for people who win ridiculous sums of money. No, you shouldn’t spend it all on shit. Yes, drugs, alcohol and prostitutes count as spending it on shit. No, just because you have millions is no reason to leave hundreds of thousands just lying around in your car. No, you shouldn’t go on TV and Radio telling everyone your name and where you live and the names of your family and friends, unless you actually want criminals to target you. And finally, no, you can’t blame all your shitty life choices on being rich.

5 Responses to “Lotto Winner: Big Loser”

  1. i love seeing self-destruction in it’s purest (hah! almost wrote purist ^#^) form.

    it astounds, amazes, and amuses me to see stupidity rewarded at every turn, and then to observe the finger-pointing at the most irrelevant of sources. my vision of the future doesn’t include all of these who managed to sneak into the gene pool.

    i’d like to take a moment, a pray that neal stephenson’s vision of an illustrated primer becomes mandatory for everyone.

    w-v: Gad Zooks! My Garage Keys Grew Ears!

  2. Well, look at it this way. This one dude wins the lotto, and decides to spread it amongst a whole bunch of other people, who weren’t _directly_ so fortunate =) What a nice man. Spread the love!

  3. i think going public is a requisite once you win. read the fine print. its there somewhere on ticket in font size 0.004

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  5. oh yeah, the lotto has full rights to publish your identity and use you for promotional materials. However, it certainly doesn’t say you have to go on tv and say things like ‘Ah winned a brazillian dahllahs and ah don’t trust them banks so ah’m gonna be keepin’ it under mah bed.’

    That’s just asking for trouble🙂

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