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(Chron)   $144M Texas lottery winner to give 60% of winnings to charity: "The greatest gift my parents gave me was to be raised a Christian, and God told me I could get by on only $58M"   (chron.com) divider line 199
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2010-02-05 08:20:12 PM
What a coincidence, I have a cat named Charity.
 
2010-02-05 08:42:19 PM
My BF's grandpa won a CRAP-TON in the Brazillian lottery a long while ago. He was two steps away from death and a devout Catholic, so he signed away the entire winnings to his church instead of his family. Not really such a terrible move, it went to something he loved and he died believing that he did some good in the world. Which is nice, because the heads of that church took all the money and used it for good Christian things like expensive cars and whores. Jesus would be proud.

/cool story
 
2010-02-05 08:44:10 PM
Word.

//10-15 year old meme
//Da Winnah
 
2010-02-05 09:34:27 PM
Isn't that how much he's going to have after the IRS takes their share, anyway?
 
2010-02-05 10:35:04 PM
wyltoknow: Which is nice, because the heads of that church took all the money and used it for good Christian things like expensive cars and whores.

Don't forget paying the lawsuit awards to people who were molested by priests.
 
2010-02-05 10:36:36 PM
wyltoknow: My BF's grandpa won a CRAP-TON in the Brazillian lottery a long while ago. He was two steps away from death and a devout Catholic, so he signed away the entire winnings to his church instead of his family. Not really such a terrible move, it went to something he loved and he died believing that he did some good in the world. Which is nice, because the heads of that church took all the money and used it for good Christian things like expensive cars and whores. Jesus would be proud.

/cool story


That sucks.
 
2010-02-05 11:00:44 PM
Mark 10:21
 
2010-02-05 11:13:44 PM
Dear God,

If you bless me with a lottery winning of $144 million, I will donate 99% to charity.

Sincerely,
jebusfreak
 
2010-02-05 11:14:35 PM
Forgive me if I don't jump on the 'Hero' bandwagon for this guy. He's still keeping a sizable chunk of change for himself. But it is a nice gesture.
 
2010-02-05 11:18:21 PM
tax churches
 
2010-02-05 11:25:02 PM
I'm sure that none of the money at all will find its way to the Knights of Columbus and any attendant political campaigns.
 
2010-02-05 11:32:32 PM
That'll buy a lot of Haiti orphans...
 
2010-02-05 11:34:46 PM
WTF Indeed: That'll buy a lot of Haiti orphans...

/thread over
 
2010-02-05 11:36:53 PM
God is my co-pilot accountant.
 
2010-02-05 11:37:24 PM
I hate these people who give the majority of their winnings to charity or a church. It's so diluted by the time it trickles down to the point of helping someone that you're better off just keeping it or helping out your friends and family, at least that way you can pick and choose exactly who you're helping out.
 
2010-02-05 11:38:27 PM
Cagey B: I'm sure that none of the money at all will find its way to the Knights of Columbus and any attendant political campaigns.

Because atheists are completely uninvolved in politics.

\Pot/Kettle/etc.
 
2010-02-05 11:39:16 PM
Britney Spear's Speculum: tax churches

this
 
2010-02-05 11:39:37 PM
Donating to a fraudulous organization is not virtuous.
 
2010-02-05 11:39:38 PM
IDIOT

last thing churchs need is more money
 
2010-02-05 11:40:26 PM
God said he could also toss 1MIL my direction, or at least sponsor me for TOTALFARK.
 
2010-02-05 11:40:44 PM
Britney Spear's Speculum: tax churches

Amen.
 
2010-02-05 11:42:16 PM
Want to make a difference? Set up scholarships to colleges. We need more educated people, not the opposite.
 
2010-02-05 11:44:31 PM
I wonder if $58 million could finally score me an ULTRAFARK accou,....,,/&"[carrier lost]
 
2010-02-05 11:44:37 PM
***groan***

Well, at least they're grateful for the money, instead of the Salvation Army or other charities who think gambling's a sin.

/Gambling's more of a pain in the ass. Once you hit a jackpot, ALL of your "frenemies" come out of the woodworks.
 
2010-02-05 11:45:42 PM
WTF Indeed: That'll buy a lot of Haiti orphans...

aren't those free?
 
2010-02-05 11:45:44 PM
I think that money should go towards teaching virgins to fark.
 
2010-02-05 11:45:59 PM
wyltoknow: My BF's grandpa won a CRAP-TON in the Brazillian lottery a long while ago.


Did he win a brazillian dollars?


cryinoutloud :
Isn't that how much he's going to have after the IRS takes their share, anyway?



Give him a day for the greed to fester. Then he will say that, 'yes, the government is my charity, and they got theirs!'
 
2010-02-05 11:48:04 PM
Flissss: Donating to a fraudulous organization is not virtuous.

He's donating it to an orphanage, Haiti relief, and a retired nuns' nursing home.

I think that's pretty damned virtuous, especially because if I was giving away that much money, it would be for a building with my name on it on one of my alma maters' campuses.
 
2010-02-05 11:48:46 PM
Try 30-53 million

Remember Uncle Sam takes his cut off the top.
 
2010-02-05 11:49:27 PM
Crosshair: Because atheists are completely uninvolved in politics.

Yeah, it was a real bummer when the Church of Atheism™ dropped a shiat ton of money in Nebraska that one time to pass a ballot initiative to make everyone dress like Joseph Stalin on Tuesdays. Someone should revoke their tax-exempt status.
 
2010-02-05 11:51:24 PM
Flissss: Want to make a difference? Set up scholarships to colleges. We need more educated people, not the opposite.

Supply side education policy makes as much sense as supply side economic policy.

A better idea would be to invest in a small business that does something you like. That would increase demand for engineers and make it more compelling for people to get an education.
 
2010-02-05 11:52:09 PM
good for him
 
2010-02-05 11:52:45 PM
Yea, we'll see what happens when he has the money in hand and it's time to cut that big check.

Skeptical farker is skeptical.
 
2010-02-05 11:53:48 PM
The Icelander: Flissss: Want to make a difference? Set up scholarships to colleges. We need more educated people, not the opposite.

Supply side education policy makes as much sense as supply side economic policy.

A better idea would be to invest in a small business that does something you like. That would increase demand for engineers and make it more compelling for people to get an education.


From what I've gathered, most of us have finished some kind of schooling....
 
2010-02-05 11:56:42 PM
cryinoutloud: Isn't that how much he's going to have after the IRS takes their share, anyway?

It's like 35%, but there's also a huge penalty for not taking yearly payments. So you're not even close to getting $144 million when they advertise it.
 
2010-02-05 11:58:25 PM
jimi32: From what I've gathered, most of us have finished some kind of schooling....

For instance, I learned a bunch when your mom blew me for a pack of smokes and some bus fare. I graduated into adulthood magna cum loudly that day.

/ I kid
// I just let her bum a smoke
 
2010-02-05 11:59:45 PM
Thank God for God, you know? No one would be giving to charities if not for him.
 
2010-02-06 12:01:02 AM
My God!!!! This thread has almost turned political already!!!! Farkers (including myself) need a life.
 
2010-02-06 12:02:47 AM
Britney Spear's Speculum: tax churches

Then they get an active voice in government. No thanks.
 
2010-02-06 12:04:08 AM
Awesome T-Shirt: Britney Spear's Speculum: tax churches

Then they get an active voice in government. No thanks.


You make it sound as if they don't have one already. Please.
 
2010-02-06 12:11:12 AM
jebusfreak: Dear God,

If you bless me with a lottery winning of $144 million, I will donate 99% to charity.

Sincerely,
jebusfreak


That amount of money is just gross.
 
2010-02-06 12:11:27 AM
God also told you you should receive a handjob from an athletic 37-year old woman who knows her way around a hardon. the fee for that should be around two million dollars.

Don't fark with god. You know about his wrath and stuff.

And yes. For 2M I would whip your peen into I Can't Believe It's Not Butter.
 
2010-02-06 12:11:31 AM
Cagey B: Yeah, it was a real bummer when the Church of Atheism™ dropped a shiat ton of money in Nebraska that one time to pass a ballot initiative to make everyone dress like Joseph Stalin on Tuesdays. Someone should revoke their tax-exempt status.

I guess you are unaware of groups like the Secular Coalition for America.

All I'm pointing out is that everybody has their politics. Atheists are no better and no worse in this regard. Both have their extremists, their good and their bad.
 
2010-02-06 12:11:46 AM
jimi32: From what I've gathered, most of us have finished some kind of schooling....

Yes, but it will get a couple more engineers to get employed, which will create vacancies, which will raise demand for engineers, which will make engineering a more attractive option for some talented high school kid.

If they just created a scholarship they'd give someone a degree but there's no guarantee they'll find a job to use that degree
 
2010-02-06 12:11:51 AM
So...

Charity or church?

There is a difference. A quick glance tells me he's spreading it around. Looks like he made the mistake of not immediately moving, ditching his old phone and getting a P.O. Box.

I think if he talks to a CPA he might be able to do more if he can get the pre-tax amount chiseled away at for 503(c) non-profit organizations.
 
2010-02-06 12:12:22 AM
EL_FABREZ: cryinoutloud: Isn't that how much he's going to have after the IRS takes their share, anyway?

It's like 35%, but there's also a huge penalty for not taking yearly payments. So you're not even close to getting $144 million when they advertise it.


Half off seems to be the usual penalty for lump sum, but I wouldn't know if Texas does it that way. The article does a poor job of explaining whether the $144M is before or after any such reduction other than implying that it's pretax.

*snort* If he were in California or Oregon, he'd also lose about 10-11% or so to state income tax, IIRC.
 
2010-02-06 12:13:59 AM
can you delete a fark account?
 
2010-02-06 12:14:36 AM
Good for him.
 
2010-02-06 12:15:51 AM
Crosshair: Cagey B: I'm sure that none of the money at all will find its way to the Knights of Columbus and any attendant political campaigns.

Because atheists are completely uninvolved in politics.

\Pot/Kettle/etc.


You mean atheists that pay taxes?
 
2010-02-06 12:16:18 AM
Flissss: Want to make a difference? Set up scholarships to colleges. We need more educated people, not the opposite.

There's an argument to be made that setting up college scholarship money mostly helps the already well-off in terms of education, because people who had a lousy upbringing (e.g. personal laziness combined with uneducated parents who don't care) aren't likely to fare well even if they've got full rides.
 
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