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(St. Petersburg Times)   Man who shares same names as $20 million lottery winner, not happy about being hassled by people hoping for a cut of his winnings   (sptimes.com) divider line 53
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2005-09-17 02:03:32 AM
What is it about winning that makes other people think they won right along with you??
 
2005-09-17 02:13:19 AM
My mom's last ex-husband won $10 million from Publisher's Clearing House. He told me that he used to get mail from all over the world with sob stories asking for money. The first ones he said kinda got to him, but after that he said he kinda got numb to it and just threw them all away.
 
2005-09-17 02:56:00 AM
I've always liked what dot-com (and poker) millionaire Paul Phillips has to say about this:

"You might think I'm kidding but I can't believe how many emails like that I've received. I admit they are very sad tales but they are no sadder than those of millions of other people, and the other people have a leg up on you since they didn't come begging for money."
 
2005-09-17 03:18:29 AM
Man, it must suck to be that guy. Getting all of the annoyance of winning the lotto, but none of the perks. I wonder if maybe he can get some floozies to give him some mistaken identity action.
 
2005-09-17 03:52:32 AM
I'm wondering how you manage to win but not get everything turned upside-down.

The only thing I can think of is win, say, a quarter-mil at Fantasy 5 or something, something small enough it would go relativly unnoticed.

/bought a F5 ticket today
 
2005-09-17 06:22:30 AM
Cerebral Ballsy
What is it about winning that makes other people think they won right along with you??

There is something to that; there are a LOT of families worth more than $20 million. Do they all get bombarded with these same sob stories as well? The vast majority of these must be scammers trying to take advantage of naivete of your newfound wealth.

/Wouldn't it be ironic if someone named Colleen Jenkins won the next lottery?
 
2005-09-17 08:22:08 AM
/Wouldn't it be ironic if someone named Colleen Jenkins won the next lottery?

no more ironic than rain on your wedding day

or a free ride when you've already paid

 
2005-09-17 08:31:23 AM
Note to guy: Get a new phone number and have it be unlisted.
 
2005-09-17 08:36:02 AM
Still, I'd rather be this guy than (the real) Ron Mexico.
 
2005-09-17 08:40:26 AM
It's all fun and games until someone breaks into your house looking for 20 mil.

I hope this guy owns a gun.
 
2005-09-17 08:41:57 AM
The real winner should do the right thing and pay for this unfortunate couple to move to a new city and start their lives over... the man gave up an arm for his country, isn't that worth something?

Attention Lottery Winner: Share the wealth with those to whom you have added additional grief
 
2005-09-17 08:46:08 AM
This guy should sue the REAL Lotto Winner for all of three grief he's been receiving.
 
2005-09-17 08:46:40 AM
I love what one Lottery winner did. After winning, he issued a press release that stated that yes, he was indeed going to give some of the money to charity. However, ANYONE who contacts him first is immediately disqualified.
 
2005-09-17 08:49:44 AM
Of course I am sure no one contacted him pretending to represent certain charities... nope, I am sure no one thought of that!
 
2005-09-17 08:55:11 AM
Eat_At_Milliways

I'm wondering how you manage to win but not get everything turned upside-down.

So you've won the lottery.
 
2005-09-17 09:01:56 AM
Risu no Kairu - This guy should sue the REAL Lotto Winner for all of the grief he's been receiving.

Yeah, that's really smart. As if the winner were responsible for them having the same name and for the way all these other people are acting. Get a brain, moran!
 
2005-09-17 09:21:18 AM
If you have at least $500K to invest, you can quickly and easily become a citizen of any country you want. Find one that has low taxes, no civil unrest, and a good lifestyle for the idle rich. Renounce your U.S. citizenship and move there.

Jeez, I wish I had a lottery winner's problems.
 
2005-09-17 09:31:28 AM
Humanity blows.
 
2005-09-17 09:56:19 AM
Johnny Golgotha

If you have at least $500K to invest, you can quickly and easily become a citizen of any country you want. Find one that has low taxes, no civil unrest, and a good lifestyle for the idle rich. Renounce your U.S. citizenship and move there.

You do not have to renounce your US citizenship and can maintain dual citizenship but choose a country that has a tax treaty with the US
 
2005-09-17 10:02:13 AM
HA HA...Quaker dude says...

"can you hear me now?"
 
2005-09-17 10:10:07 AM
Humanity blows.

Well, yes. I'm surprised at the reaction, here, to the people going after recently won lottery money. The vast majority of them don't honestly believe to have any claim to the riches whatsoever but they do share the common greed of their fellow human beings.

What does it cost them to send in a sob story? Pretty much nothing and they stand to receive free money. If you take several thousand members of the human race and put them all in one room and ask them if they'd like some free cash, how many do you think are going to say "Nah, that's okay".

Con men have been duping people since the dawn of time. I'm sure that even before the dinosaurs there were little aemoba swimming around with "Will osmose for food". How is there any shock at all that someone new to having obscene amounts of cash might be a little more naive then someone who worked hard to achieve success? That potential for being an easy target alone will draw the blood-suckers out in droves.

I tell you what, though. I've been stdying this whole thing for years and I've developed a pretty good system for not only spotting these kinds of people but also protecting your money from them. It's a simple little system and, while not fool proof, certainly will work better then 90% of the time.

I'd put more details of it here, but really there's not enough room. Anyone who wants to hear more can contact me privately and, for the nominal fee of $99.99 to cover my licensing and production costs, I can give you the sort of education that really counts in this world.

'Bargain, really, at that price. Absolute bargain. Don't delay.
 
2005-09-17 10:13:36 AM
See, I would use this as an advantage to pull a confidence scam. Convince some people that I'm using my winnings to start up some global-tech-com-corp company, attract a bunch of hopeful investors and split. But then I'm a glass half full kind of guy.

I'm convinced that the cretins who are scraping their pennies together to buy lottery tickets when I'm in line just trying to buy some hooch would fark things up within a couple years even if they did win. I'm not saying that people who are already rich are the only ones who deserve money but the type of person who spends any significant percentage of their income on the farking lottery doesn't need to be outdoors without a soft helmet, much less have command of millions of dollars.
 
2005-09-17 10:28:57 AM
Cerebral Ballsy

What is it about winning that makes other people think they won right along with you??



What's wrong with that? Its the same philosophy the liberals in the Democratic party take when trying to dictate policy in this country with regards to Supreme Court Nomintations.

/felt like trolling when I got up this morning
//FLAME ON!
 
2005-09-17 10:30:17 AM
Dear Sir or Madam,

Thank you for your kind letter concerning your need for cash. As a human being, I appreciate this need.

To easily facilitate the transfer of money, please send your full name, bank routing number and account number to my summer home in Lichienstien. I will make a test transfer to verify your account is valid, and then send you millions of dollars of my lottery money.

Please do not tell anyone, you are the only person I picked out of the vast list of potential applicants.

Sincerely,

DR. GUMBA MIMBOBO, NI
 
2005-09-17 10:38:08 AM
NINEINCHNADER: Your $99.99 offer sounds great but I'm just a poor homeless guy without a nickel to my name. Could you send me a free copy if I give you my P.O. address?
 
2005-09-17 10:40:46 AM
I hope you don't believe that Texans. Both sides try to block the other one's nominations, it has never been any different.
 
2005-09-17 10:49:43 AM
I know exactly how I'd play this part of the lottery win, if God willing it ever happens:

*My relatives are pretty much divided by town: Watertown (my hometown), Juneau, Alabama, California. Watertown contains my immediate family, grandma, aunt, and brother's fiancee. Juneau contains greedy little bastards. Alabama and California, I barely know.

*If you live in Watertown, and I know for a FACT that you are in my family, you get a cut. If you live elsewhere, tough shiat. Very simple.
 
2005-09-17 10:51:24 AM
Texans001 - huh? Blue ribbon for non-sequitor analogy of the morning. Kudos!
 
2005-09-17 10:55:21 AM
I would probably become a rude, bitter person.

"You didn't call me last month, why the hell are you calling me now? Do I know you?"
 
2005-09-17 11:03:53 AM
The callers must be Evangelical Republicans/Conservatives hoping to climb another rung up the social ladder and into the upper-class, because that is what they believe in: Money Is Everything.
 
2005-09-17 11:06:25 AM
Texans001: What's wrong with that? Its the same philosophy the liberals in the Democratic party take when trying to dictate policy in this country with regards to Supreme Court Nomintations.


sorry, you fail at trolling...miserably I might add
 
2005-09-17 11:07:30 AM
Paul Phillips' answer can be applied to those charities who solicit people through their employers, too (United Way)

The simple act of changing your address causes all kinds of charities to send plea mail. On the plus side, these letters will stock you up with new address labels.
 
2005-09-17 11:20:30 AM
I am a meatball.
 
2005-09-17 11:23:21 AM
Gee, after training 3 generations of people to leech off the rest of our society to get by, why are we suprised by this?

Since they don't have to be at a job for 40hrs a week like the rest of us, they have the time to not only "beg" to the governement but also hit up lotto winners.

Actually, in an ironic twist, it is really just a more efficent form of socialism because it cuts out the government, which at the end of the day is nothing more than a middle man to collect and redispurse cash.
 
2005-09-17 11:24:51 AM
I think I could deal with the strangers easily enough, but it is my relatives that I would be problems. Not all of them but I have some that are hitting me or my parents up for loans all the time even though the have better incomes. They want help because they can't make the payment on a 50k car when they should only have bought say a 30k car. It is easier to hide from strangers
 
2005-09-17 11:46:54 AM
"Surprisingly, that's not a complaint we get from winners," Steele said

Wow. Such an obvious, obvious lie.
 
2005-09-17 11:48:28 AM
a lottery winning can buy you all sorts untracable mysterious dissapearances for those relatives you dislike ;-)
 
2005-09-17 11:57:53 AM
If you have at least $500K to invest, you can quickly and easily become a citizen of any country you want. Find one that has low taxes, no civil unrest, and a good lifestyle for the idle rich. Renounce your U.S. citizenship and move there.

So pretty much anyone who owns a house in CA can do this?
 
2005-09-17 12:04:53 PM
Texans001



That was probably the most suck ass attempt at a troll I've ever seen. You probably just need some more sleep.
 
2005-09-17 12:12:48 PM
doodler

There's a few folks I'd hire a professional to follow around and slap "kick me" signs on their backs. Or plant whoopee cushions on their chairs. Stuff like that. Full-out hits may come back to bite me in the keester, so I'd settle for helping karma along just a little.

I'd hire a private eye to find all the Hummer owners in the area and then hire a team to slap "I have a tiny penis" bumper stickers on them.

/cackles with glee
 
2005-09-17 12:33:50 PM
"You Jeffrey Lebowski?"
 
2005-09-17 01:03:00 PM
Texans001:

Oh, I get it.
Like when the Republicans win an election by three percentage points and call it a "mandate."
 
2005-09-17 01:19:44 PM
ISeeYourDisease

So pretty much anyone who owns a house in CA can do this?

Well, once your $500K is tied up in investments, you would need to buy a place and have money to live on for the rest of your life... so, no.
 
2005-09-17 01:48:04 PM
My father shares the same name as a lottery winner, you would not believe what sort of weird crap we get.

Apparently, some ex-prisoner in the Florida penal system won the FL lottery. His name is David Edwards and that's the same as my dad's. We get mail from prisoners who met him (in prison) wondering if we can help them out once they get released. Mail from people who are near death and want their last wishes granted. Starving people, homeless people, prisoners, etc. All of this would be really amusing (except the phone calls), nut what if one of this guy's friends decide to drop by? Really don't need some prisoner stopping by the house looking for some money.

We have saved all the letters, maybe we should put them all together and make a book or something. It's crazy what some people write begging for money. Oh the sob stories...

Welcome to our world Mr. Combs.
 
2005-09-17 04:45:28 PM
Johnny Golgotha

If you have at least $500K to invest, you can quickly and easily become a citizen of any country you want. Find one that has low taxes, no civil unrest, and a good lifestyle for the idle rich. Renounce your U.S. citizenship and move there.
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This includes Canada, by the way. Seriously.
 
2005-09-17 04:51:57 PM
Fark Me To Tears: Oh, I get it.
Like when the Republicans win an election by three percentage points and call it a "mandate


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Really! I mean the most Clinton ever got was 43% of the roughtly 50% of this country who vote and did the left ever say he had a mandate?

Get over it chump, you lost.
 
2005-09-17 05:40:43 PM
I think the "mandate" was a reference to Jeff Gannon.
 
2005-09-17 08:40:57 PM
Do you think he can spot me $20 until payday? I'm good for it.
 
2005-09-18 12:25:50 AM
This includes Canada? Low Taxes? That's funny. Here's a newsflash. Free universal medical care ain't free. Sometimes it isn't even that good.
 
2005-09-18 01:07:39 AM
mrbach

This includes Canada? Low Taxes? That's funny. Here's a newsflash. Free universal medical care ain't free. Sometimes it isn't even that good.
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Oops...well, 2 out of 3
 
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