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(Opposing Views)   Cool: Retired postal worker wins lottery. Fark: For the fourth time   (opposingviews.com) divider line 32
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5264 clicks; posted to Main » on 15 May 2013 at 6:01 PM (2 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-05-15 05:37:28 PM  
Unlikely things happen every day.  At any given moment, something with a trillion-to-one odds against is probably happening, since more than a trillion things are happening.

Unfortunately, because most people are statistically illiterate, they won't brush this off as an incredible fluke, and instead they'll probably ask this guy what his secret is.
 
2013-05-15 05:45:59 PM  
Over the years, his winnings totaled $2,025,000

Wow, do you know how many lottery tickets that could buy?
 
2013-05-15 06:02:42 PM  
Pass me one of your four lightning-filled bottles, brother. Don't be greedy.
 
2013-05-15 06:05:53 PM  
So after taxes he has about 1.2 million and has probably spent that much on the lottery over the course of his life.
 
2013-05-15 06:13:29 PM  
Lets hope they don't mail him the checks. He could end up as the next Patrick Sherrill if they got lost.
 
2013-05-15 06:15:51 PM  

Popcorn Johnny: So after taxes he has about 1.2 million and has probably spent that much on the lottery over the course of his life.


$65 a day, every day, for 50 years? Unlikely.
 
2013-05-15 06:31:46 PM  
This is why you shouldn't mail in your winning tickets.
 
2013-05-15 06:34:32 PM  
This is just cool.  I hope he does win tonight!
 
2013-05-15 06:39:16 PM  

Gecko Gingrich: Popcorn Johnny: So after taxes he has about 1.2 million and has probably spent that much on the lottery over the course of his life.

$65 a day, every day, for 50 years? Unlikely.


I think it's quite likely that this gentleman could have thrown a lot of his winnings back into buying more lottery and scratch off tickets.  There are so many lottery drawings and scratch off tickets in $10 or $20 denominations that one can easily spend $65 or more a day. It's still very fluky that even if he spent mega dollars daily on the lottery that he won 4 big prizes.  Hope it doesn't inspire more people to play more every day than they already are in the hopes of winning the big prize because they'll just be throwing their money away.
 
2013-05-15 06:41:26 PM  
Not cool subby. This guy was set for the rest of his life and is taking the chance away from other by continuing to play because he obviously has an addiction.
We'll hear about him losing everything in a year or two and it will serve him right for being so greedy.
 
2013-05-15 06:42:11 PM  

Captain Dan: Unlikely things happen every day.  At any given moment, something with a trillion-to-one odds against is probably happening, since more than a trillion things are happening.

Unfortunately, because most people are statistically illiterate, they won't brush this off as an incredible fluke, and instead they'll probably ask this guy what his secret is.


As the casinos know: if it is too good to be true, it is.
 
2013-05-15 06:48:03 PM  

eldie: Gecko Gingrich: Popcorn Johnny: So after taxes he has about 1.2 million and has probably spent that much on the lottery over the course of his life.

$65 a day, every day, for 50 years? Unlikely.

I think it's quite likely that this gentleman could have thrown a lot of his winnings back into buying more lottery and scratch off tickets.  There are so many lottery drawings and scratch off tickets in $10 or $20 denominations that one can easily spend $65 or more a day. It's still very fluky that even if he spent mega dollars daily on the lottery that he won 4 big prizes.  Hope it doesn't inspire more people to play more every day than they already are in the hopes of winning the big prize because they'll just be throwing their money away.


65$ a day is what some homeless people gamble a day through begging.  With the means it is very probable an addict could spend thousands in a day on high price tickets.

The not so cool story will be down the road when he's burning up his retirement every week on scratchers.
 
2013-05-15 07:09:49 PM  
If anyone knows how to earn a living without working, it's a postal worker.
 
2013-05-15 07:26:43 PM  

Gecko Gingrich: $65 a day, every day, for 50 years? Unlikely.


So you think he took his winnings and tossed them into an IRA? How precious.
 
2013-05-15 07:27:30 PM  
How many of you farkers are bagging on this guy while simultaneously possessing tickets for tonight's Powerball? Come on, I know you're out there...
 
2013-05-15 07:40:03 PM  

alexcassidy: tonight's Powerball



i just walked up to the gas station to grab a Coke and there had to be 30 people waiting in line. I have no idea what the jackpot is right now, I'm guessing big.
 
2013-05-15 07:45:22 PM  
I'd be worried about being abducted by 2 headed, four legged aliens if I were him.
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2013-05-15 07:46:08 PM  

hitlersbrain: I'd be worried about being abducted by 2 headed, four legged aliens if I were him.
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Make that 3 legged.
 
2013-05-15 07:51:53 PM  
Let's see, where have I heard this story before.

Oh, yeah, it was HERE:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kiriblakeley/2011/07/21/meet-the-luckies t- woman-in-the-world/

Trust me, there's something fishy going on here...
 
2013-05-15 08:01:21 PM  

Popcorn Johnny: Gecko Gingrich: $65 a day, every day, for 50 years? Unlikely.

So you think he took his winnings and tossed them into an IRA? How precious.


He may have. All I'm saying is that it's less likely he drops thousands a week on the lottery.
 
2013-05-15 08:18:28 PM  

Gecko Gingrich: All I'm saying is that it's less likely he drops thousands a week on the lottery.


Thousands? I used to work with a guy that spent over 300 bucks a week, 455 isn't out of the question.
 
2013-05-15 08:37:57 PM  
His first "big wins" were eight years ago, and he obviously hasn't OD'd yet.  And in the most recent photo, he still looks happy/healthy.  I'm not quite ready to write the guy off yet.
 
2013-05-15 08:44:02 PM  
Insert joke about being bad at math and why my mail is late here.
 
2013-05-15 09:15:56 PM  
Spiffy? You know how wealthy a retired postal worker is, off your dollars?

My mother is one. Nice fat pensions and benefits.
 
2013-05-15 09:26:46 PM  
speaking of which, the powerball is over 360 million, gotta go buy a ticket.  House, debt collectors paid off(and I will then own the place their "business" office is, and jack up the rent), car for the first time in 5 years, and travel the world over the summer, then back to classes.

/some chance is better than no chance
 
2013-05-15 09:47:08 PM  
Many years ago, I worked with a guy whose dad won the Colorado pick-6 lotto twice.

/CSB
 
2013-05-15 10:20:04 PM  

Trance354: speaking of which, the powerball is over 360 million, gotta go buy a ticket. House, debt collectors paid off(and I will then own the place their "business" office is, and jack up the rent), car for the first time in 5 years, and travel the world over the summer, then back to classes.


So what will you do with the other $359 million?

I didn't buy a ticket - I don't think I'd ever want that much money. Maybe - maybe - if I could claim it anonymously, I would donate most of it to charity, but I don't want to be rich and famous, nor do I want to be the famous guy who gave it all away.
 
2013-05-15 10:44:47 PM  
When I hear "won the lottery" I absolutely do not think scratch ticket for $25K.  I don't think it means what you think it means etc
 
2013-05-15 11:11:11 PM  

scotchcrotch: If anyone knows how to earn a living without working, it's a postal worker.


Right.  So if you count his profession, that makes five times winning the lottery.
 
2013-05-15 11:14:24 PM  
Scratch off lotteries sometimes have flaws that have most likely been exploited

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/01/ff_lottery/
 
2013-05-16 02:15:42 AM  

lack of warmth: scotchcrotch: If anyone knows how to earn a living without working, it's a postal worker.

Right.  So if you count his profession, that makes five times winning the lottery.


I've been employed by the Postal Service for 22 years now. Talk to any long term employee and they've paid the price. It is physically demanding work and it tears your body down. I've had 6 surgeries in my life and all are related to the job. I know others who have gone thru a lot worse than me.
 
2013-05-16 09:10:50 AM  
Unless you're the guy from the story, why is this "cool"?
 
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