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(The Consumerist)   26 year old unemployed Illinois guy is youngest Publisher's Clearing House winner ever. Maybe because not many 26-year olds order "World War 2" magazine   (consumerist.com) divider line 100
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2013-09-01 04:17:32 PM  
For once I would like one of these winners to say "I will save most of it and talk to an investment counselor."
 
2013-09-01 04:58:57 PM  

Jeep2011: For once I would like one of these winners to say "I will save most of it and talk to an investment counselor."


I've done the math, with a Ten Million dollar prize, I could comfortably live on the interest alone.  At a modest 3%, that's 300,000 a year.
 
2013-09-01 05:00:51 PM  
"living paycheck to paycheck"
"buying new magazine subscriptions"

maybe if you weren't buying shiat you didn't need, you wouldn't be living paycheck to paycheck.
 
2013-09-01 05:01:30 PM  
At least it wasn't someone that finds Ed Mac Mahon still attractive.
 
2013-09-01 05:01:35 PM  
See?

Take an interest in history kiddies.
 
2013-09-01 05:01:51 PM  
He should buy his Mom some teefus.
 
2013-09-01 05:02:06 PM  

Jeep2011: For once I would like one of these winners to say "I will save most of it and talk to an investment counselor."


Normally I'd agree, but since it's a steady income instead of a lump-sum, investment seems much less necessary in this case.
 
2013-09-01 05:02:16 PM  

The_Original_Roxtar: "living paycheck to paycheck"
"buying new magazine subscriptions"

maybe if you weren't buying shiat you didn't need, you wouldn't be living paycheck to paycheck.


But if he didn't buy magazines he wouldn't have won.
 
2013-09-01 05:02:29 PM  
First thing's first. Move out of that low income housing area. You're just asking to be robbed if you stick around.

Second, where are you going to get 3% interest these days? (Seriously, I'm asking. Guaranteed rates are the lowest I've seen, and they are a third of 3%)
 
2013-09-01 05:04:15 PM  

Savage Belief: At least it wasn't someone that finds Ed Mac Mahon still attractive.


To be fair, Mr. McMahon has lost a lot of weight in the past few years and his trademark smile is reportedly broader than ever. I'm not gay, but I have no problem going so far as to say he's a rather attractive gentleman.
 
2013-09-01 05:05:15 PM  
People actually win that thing?
 
2013-09-01 05:09:22 PM  

The_Original_Roxtar: "living paycheck to paycheck"
"buying new magazine subscriptions"

maybe if you weren't buying shiat you didn't need, you wouldn't be living paycheck to paycheck.


How dare these poor people buy things other than food and a roof?

Their entitlement sickens me to the point I just vomited all over my keyboard.

You hear that you disgusting grossly inept and overly entitled poor? You now owe me a new keyboard.

Expect my calls alongside the rest of your collections calls.. which of course you will ignore, probably as you head out the door to frivolously waste money you don't have on exorbitant  purchases such as a magazine, or *gasp* perhaps a candy bar, or *hrnngng* (sorry I almost vomited again) a movie ticket.

/You'll get the popcorn too, we all know you will, even though it's upwards of $7, because you take no responsibility for yourselves.
 
2013-09-01 05:14:06 PM  
I'm 26, unemployed, and live in Illinois...I was hoping I might have had a bout of amnesia and forgotten I'd won this.
 
2013-09-01 05:15:33 PM  
Seen walking up the driveway...

cdn2.holytaco.com
 
2013-09-01 05:16:38 PM  

eKonk: Savage Belief: At least it wasn't someone that finds Ed Mac Mahon still attractive.

To be fair, Mr. McMahon has lost a lot of weight in the past few years and his trademark smile is reportedly broader than ever. I'm not gay, but I have no problem going so far as to   say he's a rather attractive gentleman.give him a hanjob in the men's room stall.


/Fixed that for my own enjoyment
 
2013-09-01 05:17:13 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Second, where are you going to get 3% interest these days? (Seriously, I'm asking. Guaranteed rates are the lowest I've seen, and they are a third of 3%)


If you have $10MM to invest you can EASILY get 3% back, even over the short term. Hell, even with a lot less money a good bond fund and some dividend-paying stocks will get you the 3% before any capital gains. It's not like you'd put the whole thing in a credit union's savings account that pays 0.75% interest, nor do you need the returns to be exactly the same every year. Even a fairly conservative allocation of high quality bonds and blue chip stocks should get you well beyond 3% average return over any 10-year period when you include dividends, interest, and draw down some of the principal in down years when you need to.
 
2013-09-01 05:22:50 PM  

dukeblue219: AverageAmericanGuy: Second, where are you going to get 3% interest these days? (Seriously, I'm asking. Guaranteed rates are the lowest I've seen, and they are a third of 3%)

If you have $10MM to invest you can EASILY get 3% back, even over the short term. Hell, even with a lot less money a good bond fund and some dividend-paying stocks will get you the 3% before any capital gains. It's not like you'd put the whole thing in a credit union's savings account that pays 0.75% interest, nor do you need the returns to be exactly the same every year. Even a fairly conservative allocation of high quality bonds and blue chip stocks should get you well beyond 3% average return over any 10-year period when you include dividends, interest, and draw down some of the principal in down years when you need to.


Yeah, was about to jump in and say basically the same thing. Properly invested I wouldn't even need to touch the main 10m chunk of assets at all ever.(well, maybe a medical emergency or something).
 
2013-09-01 05:24:53 PM  

Jeep2011: For once I would like one of these winners to say "I will save most of it and talk to an investment counselor."


This. Addendum: "I am going to make a lot of people's lives a lot better, and still have enough to live modestly. I'm not greedy. I don't love money. I'll spread the wealth to those less fortunate."
 
2013-09-01 05:25:12 PM  
"The Lottery, with its weekly pay-out of enormous prizes, was the one public event to which the proles paid serious attention. It was probable that there were some millions of proles for whom the Lottery was the principal if not the only reason for remaining alive. It was their delight, their folly, their anodyne, their intellectual stimulant. Where the Lottery was concerned, even people who could barely read and write seemed capable of intricate calculations and staggering feats of memory. There was a whole tribe of men who made their living simply by selling systems, forecasts, and lucky amulets. Winston had nothing to do with the Lottery, which was managed by the Ministry of Plenty, but he was aware (indeed everyone in the party was aware) that the prizes were largely imaginary. Only small sums were actually paid out, the winners of the big prizes being nonexistent persons."
 
2013-09-01 05:29:32 PM  
So maybe he likes football, and porno, and books about war. Does that make him an asshole?
 
2013-09-01 05:37:10 PM  
"We live payday to payday," said the Mom.

Something tells me Junior's going to find a way to piss away $5,000 a week and their lifestyle won't change. Until he ODs on something.

/I hope I'm wrong.
 
2013-09-01 05:37:46 PM  

ParagonComplex: Jeep2011: For once I would like one of these winners to say "I will save most of it and talk to an investment counselor."

This. Addendum: "I am going to make a lot of people's lives a lot better, and still have enough to live modestly. I'm not greedy. I don't love money. I'll spread the wealth to those less fortunate."


Actually, many of them do. This doesn't make a good news story, however. So we just hear of all the losers who blow it in five years.
 
2013-09-01 05:38:13 PM  

The_Original_Roxtar: "living paycheck to paycheck"
"buying new magazine subscriptions"

maybe if you weren't buying shiat you didn't need, you wouldn't be living paycheck to paycheck.


To be fair, most magazine subscriptions for 1 YEAR don't go over $50 (unless it's the trades, but people who read those are the type to spend the money on them anyways). What other sort of entertainment can you get for that kind of cash?
 
2013-09-01 05:38:37 PM  
I hate Illinois Nazis
 
2013-09-01 05:38:59 PM  

WordyGrrl: "We live payday to payday," said the Mom.

Something tells me Junior's going to find a way to piss away $5,000 a week and their lifestyle won't change. Until he ODs on something.

/I hope I'm wrong.


Yeah, nothing like that "where did all the money go?" feeling.
 
2013-09-01 05:39:41 PM  

Matthew Keene: Seen walking up the driveway...

[cdn2.holytaco.com image 293x473]


You misread the headline. He ordered a World War 2magazine, not World War Z.
 
2013-09-01 05:41:58 PM  
He's gonna blow it all on fireworks and junk for his pawn shop
 
2013-09-01 05:44:18 PM  

The_Original_Roxtar: "living paycheck to paycheck"
"buying new magazine subscriptions"

maybe if you weren't buying shiat you didn't need, you wouldn't be living paycheck to paycheck.


Right on.

I can't think of less deserving sweepstakes winners than these selfish pricks with their decadent $15 magazine subscription ...

You know they're just going to blow the money on name brand groceries, rather than the discount store brand.
 
2013-09-01 05:46:10 PM  
But it's MY money and I want it NOW!

macrorecords.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-09-01 05:46:44 PM  

tiiger: Jeep2011: For once I would like one of these winners to say "I will save most of it and talk to an investment counselor."

I've done the math, with a Ten Million dollar prize, I could comfortably live on the interest alone.  At a modest 3%, that's 300,000 a year.


I bonds.  Best sure investment out there.

Current rate is 1.18% + inflation. which is now a smidge over 2%.

Plus it's tax free.
 
2013-09-01 05:48:26 PM  
i have been entering way longer than he has lived and never won. even buy magazines occasionally. given my anecdotal  evidence we can conclude the contest is rigged.
 
2013-09-01 05:48:38 PM  
crap I'm wrong. the gov site says inflation is .59%   Which is of course BS but that's what they are paying..  ignore previous post.. like  you haven't already.
 
2013-09-01 05:49:58 PM  
Those people looked very well fed for being unemployed and minimum wage earning.  Good for them though.  Hopefully it get's them a better life, not worse as happens to many who receive a windfall.
 
2013-09-01 05:50:55 PM  
I have no idea how that apostrophe appeared. ?
 
2013-09-01 05:52:03 PM  

Starry Heavens: Jeep2011: For once I would like one of these winners to say "I will save most of it and talk to an investment counselor."

Normally I'd agree, but since it's a steady income instead of a lump-sum, investment seems much less necessary in this case.


I understand but I have read about people who get the steady income agreements and yet still manage to live beyond their means.
 
2013-09-01 05:57:22 PM  

RottNDude: But it's MY money and I want it NOW!

[macrorecords.files.wordpress.com image 300x225]


Dear god I hate those ads.
 
2013-09-01 06:00:38 PM  
I think I'm related to that guy.

/didn't read TFA
 
2013-09-01 06:04:26 PM  

mrlewish: tiiger: Jeep2011: For once I would like one of these winners to say "I will save most of it and talk to an investment counselor."

I've done the math, with a Ten Million dollar prize, I could comfortably live on the interest alone.  At a modest 3%, that's 300,000 a year.

I bonds.  Best sure investment out there.

Current rate is 1.18% + inflation. which is now a smidge over 2%.

Plus it's tax free.


So are municipal bonds, which pay 4-6% depending on how you roll.
 
2013-09-01 06:05:57 PM  

dukeblue219: AverageAmericanGuy: Second, where are you going to get 3% interest these days? (Seriously, I'm asking. Guaranteed rates are the lowest I've seen, and they are a third of 3%)

If you have $10MM to invest you can EASILY get 3% back, even over the short term. Hell, even with a lot less money a good bond fund and some dividend-paying stocks will get you the 3% before any capital gains. It's not like you'd put the whole thing in a credit union's savings account that pays 0.75% interest, nor do you need the returns to be exactly the same every year. Even a fairly conservative allocation of high quality bonds and blue chip stocks should get you well beyond 3% average return over any 10-year period when you include dividends, interest, and draw down some of the principal in down years when you need to.


I'm too lazy for that. I'll take annuities

/I know, hire someone to manage the money
 
2013-09-01 06:07:35 PM  
AverageAmericanGuy: Second, where are you going to get 3% interest these days? (Seriously, I'm asking. Guaranteed rates are the lowest I've seen, and they are a third of 3%)

I miss the days of 6% interest on CDs :(

// was floating a down payment for a house in CDs and reinvesting the interest

// still floating the down payment for a house ... can't find a decent house that's affordable in the areas I want to live in.
 
2013-09-01 06:10:20 PM  

RottNDude: But it's MY money and I want it NOW!

[macrorecords.files.wordpress.com image 300x225]


Haven't they gone bankrupt once already?
 
2013-09-01 06:13:11 PM  

The_Original_Roxtar: "living paycheck to paycheck"
"buying new magazine subscriptions"

maybe if you weren't buying shiat you didn't need, you wouldn't be living paycheck to paycheck.


But they're not now, eh?

Prize Of $5K A Week

...oh
 
2013-09-01 06:17:39 PM  
Will this money get me thicker veins in my penis?
 
2013-09-01 06:20:19 PM  

The_Original_Roxtar: "living paycheck to paycheck"
"buying new magazine subscriptions"

maybe if you weren't buying shiat you didn't need, you wouldn't be living paycheck to paycheck.


Actually, if you read slowly, and/or you're the sort of person who enjoys reading the same thing several times, a magazine subscription is cheap entertainment. ($10-$20 per year, per magazine.)
 
2013-09-01 06:21:09 PM  
"Cousin! Don't you remember me? I was at the funeral last year."
 
2013-09-01 06:28:52 PM  
Maybe instead of a car, he should buy a razor and shave off that neard.
 
2013-09-01 06:30:20 PM  

The One True TheDavid: "Cousin! Don't you remember me? I was at the funeral last year."


I have heard similar things when I go back to where I was born. They all ways want me to buy the rounds. I am shure this happens a lot to those who come into money are make a lot by their own merit.
 
2013-09-01 06:31:51 PM  

dv-ous: The_Original_Roxtar: "living paycheck to paycheck"
"buying new magazine subscriptions"

maybe if you weren't buying shiat you didn't need, you wouldn't be living paycheck to paycheck.

Actually, if you read slowly, and/or you're the sort of person who enjoys reading the same thing several times, a magazine subscription is cheap entertainment. ($10-$20 per year, per magazine.)


Something to read on the crapper besides the Lysol can.
 
2013-09-01 06:34:40 PM  

Jeep2011: The One True TheDavid: "Cousin! Don't you remember me? I was at the funeral last year."

I have heard similar things when I go back to where I was born. They all ways want me to buy the rounds. I am shure this happens a lot to those who come into money are make a lot by their own merit.


This happened to me when I moved out of state. There was an assumption that I had "made it", never mind I was working overnights.

Dress like a bum and carry nothing larger than a $5.
 
2013-09-01 06:35:54 PM  
I could use a bunch of money right now. I have to pay back my college, replace my 6 year old computer, and my 20 year old car. It would also be nice to move out of my crap apartment and into something decent and possibly move to a large sized city instead of the small crappy town I live in now.
 
2013-09-01 06:37:36 PM  

MemeSlave: "The Lottery, with its weekly pay-out of enormous prizes, was the one public event to which the proles paid serious attention. It was probable that there were some millions of proles for whom the Lottery was the principal if not the only reason for remaining alive. It was their delight, their folly, their anodyne, their intellectual stimulant. Where the Lottery was concerned, even people who could barely read and write seemed capable of intricate calculations and staggering feats of memory. There was a whole tribe of men who made their living simply by selling systems, forecasts, and lucky amulets. Winston had nothing to do with the Lottery, which was managed by the Ministry of Plenty, but he was aware (indeed everyone in the party was aware) that the prizes were largely imaginary. Only small sums were actually paid out, the winners of the big prizes being nonexistent persons."


I love a good orwel quote
 
2013-09-01 06:41:25 PM  
wonder how much worthless overpriced crap this guy had to buy
 
2013-09-01 06:44:33 PM  

Anenu: I could use a bunch of money right now. I have to pay back my college, replace my 6 year old computer, and my 20 year old car. It would also be nice to move out of my crap apartment and into something decent and possibly move to a large sized city instead of the small crappy town I live in now.


Get a public sector job if you can.
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505144_162-57600602/student-loan-forgive ne ss-plans-underused/

Worth a shot at least
 
2013-09-01 06:45:57 PM  

ng2810: The_Original_Roxtar: "living paycheck to paycheck"
"buying new magazine subscriptions"

maybe if you weren't buying shiat you didn't need, you wouldn't be living paycheck to paycheck.

To be fair, most magazine subscriptions for 1 YEAR don't go over $50 (unless it's the trades, but people who read those are the type to spend the money on them anyways). What other sort of entertainment can you get for that kind of cash?


tis true, my last magazine subscription cost me about $500
 
2013-09-01 06:46:34 PM  

The_Original_Roxtar: "living paycheck to paycheck"
"buying new magazine subscriptions"

maybe if you weren't buying shiat you didn't need, you wouldn't be living paycheck to paycheck.


Actually, because they bought shiat they didn't need, they will now have the ability to live in the lap of luxury.

/life is funny sometimes.
//best wishes to the guy and his family!
 
2013-09-01 06:47:20 PM  

The_Original_Roxtar: "living paycheck to paycheck"
"buying new magazine subscriptions"

maybe if you weren't buying shiat you didn't need, you wouldn't be living paycheck to paycheck.


Yea they should just stare at the walls. Who do these poor people think they are, reading for enjoyment?
 
2013-09-01 06:47:43 PM  

J. Frank Parnell: So maybe he likes football, and porno, and books about war. Does that make him an asshole?


t0.gstatic.com
 
2013-09-01 06:52:45 PM  

The_Original_Roxtar: "living paycheck to paycheck"
"buying new magazine subscriptions"

maybe if you weren't buying shiat you didn't need, you wouldn't be living paycheck to paycheck.


He needed wallpaper for his basement bedroom?
 
2013-09-01 07:02:02 PM  

Savage Belief: The_Original_Roxtar: "living paycheck to paycheck"
"buying new magazine subscriptions"

maybe if you weren't buying shiat you didn't need, you wouldn't be living paycheck to paycheck.

But if he didn't buy magazines he wouldn't have won.


Magazines are a tax on people who are bad at math
 
2013-09-01 07:04:29 PM  

GRCooper: Savage Belief: The_Original_Roxtar: "living paycheck to paycheck"
"buying new magazine subscriptions"

maybe if you weren't buying shiat you didn't need, you wouldn't be living paycheck to paycheck.

But if he didn't buy magazines he wouldn't have won.

Magazines are a tax on people who are bad at math


Explain.
 
2013-09-01 07:08:04 PM  

Starry Heavens: Jeep2011: For once I would like one of these winners to say "I will save most of it and talk to an investment counselor."

Normally I'd agree, but since it's a steady income instead of a lump-sum, investment seems much less necessary in this case.


It's just as necessary. Because there isn't a lump-sum, I bet it's highly likely that people with the weekly payout borrow against the payments at stupid interest rates so they can immediately buy all of the crap they've been dreaming about: house, car, round the world vacation, etc. Before they know it, the weekly payments aren't much more than the principal + interest payments they have to make.
 
2013-09-01 07:09:00 PM  

ng2810: The_Original_Roxtar: "living paycheck to paycheck"
"buying new magazine subscriptions"

maybe if you weren't buying shiat you didn't need, you wouldn't be living paycheck to paycheck.

To be fair, most magazine subscriptions for 1 YEAR don't go over $50 (unless it's the trades, but people who read those are the type to spend the money on them anyways). What other sort of entertainment can you get for that kind of cash?


Exactly.  And while magazines are often kind of silly, I'm never going to talk shiat about a lower middle class dude who spends money on reading.
 
2013-09-01 07:10:29 PM  
Good for him. Now, setup a small percentage of it to accrue interest for charities, then take the rest and go hide.
 
2013-09-01 07:10:34 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: First thing's first. Move out of that low income housing area. You're just asking to be robbed if you stick around.

Second, where are you going to get 3% interest these days? (Seriously, I'm asking. Guaranteed rates are the lowest I've seen, and they are a third of 3%)


When you dump 10 million into a bank, funny things happen.  You don't get treated like street scum, you get special rates, because the bank wants your money.
 
2013-09-01 07:13:15 PM  

worlddan: Actually, many of them do. This doesn't make a good news story, however. So we just hear of all the losers who blow it in five years.


Yeah, I'll subscribe to your theory just to reaffirm faith in humanity. It never seems that the "right" people ever win a ton of cash. When I fantasize about winning the lottery I fantasize about how many people I can help instead of what cool stuff I can buy. It really would be nice if others were of the same moral fiber.
 
2013-09-01 07:17:20 PM  
Why does fark suck hard lately? Only 3 new green in 4 hours and meh at that?

//3 day weekend people have lives?? :(
 
2013-09-01 07:19:07 PM  

tetsoushima: GRCooper: Savage Belief: The_Original_Roxtar: "living paycheck to paycheck"
"buying new magazine subscriptions"

maybe if you weren't buying shiat you didn't need, you wouldn't be living paycheck to paycheck.

But if he didn't buy magazines he wouldn't have won.

Magazines are a tax on people who are bad at math

Explain.


I see you've never been a Fark POWEERBALL thread before
 
2013-09-01 07:19:43 PM  
powerball, even
 
2013-09-01 07:21:10 PM  

Anenu: I could use a bunch of money right now. I have to pay back my college, replace my 6 year old computer, and my 20 year old car. It would also be nice to move out of my crap apartment and into something decent and possibly move to a large sized city instead of the small crappy town I live in now.


i.qkme.me
 
2013-09-01 07:24:13 PM  

ParagonComplex: worlddan: Actually, many of them do. This doesn't make a good news story, however. So we just hear of all the losers who blow it in five years.

Yeah, I'll subscribe to your theory just to reaffirm faith in humanity. It never seems that the "right" people ever win a ton of cash. When I fantasize about winning the lottery I fantasize about how many people I can help instead of what cool stuff I can buy. It really would be nice if others were of the same moral fiber.


I'm not the only person who does this?
 
2013-09-01 07:24:57 PM  

libranoelrose: tetsoushima: GRCooper: Savage Belief: The_Original_Roxtar: "living paycheck to paycheck"
"buying new magazine subscriptions"

maybe if you weren't buying shiat you didn't need, you wouldn't be living paycheck to paycheck.

But if he didn't buy magazines he wouldn't have won.

Magazines are a tax on people who are bad at math

Explain.

I see you've never been a Fark POWEERBALL thread before


That was really helpful, thanks.
 
2013-09-01 07:30:26 PM  

tetsoushima: libranoelrose: tetsoushima: GRCooper: Savage Belief: The_Original_Roxtar: "living paycheck to paycheck"
"buying new magazine subscriptions"

maybe if you weren't buying shiat you didn't need, you wouldn't be living paycheck to paycheck.

But if he didn't buy magazines he wouldn't have won.

Magazines are a tax on people who are bad at math

Explain.

I see you've never been a Fark POWEERBALL thread before

That was really helpful, thanks.


My internet sarcasm detector is broken, so not sure if serious...
 
2013-09-01 07:31:58 PM  

borg: People actually win that thing?


Seriously, I've thought was a scam for about 40 years
 
2013-09-01 07:41:26 PM  
mrlewish crap I'm wrong. the gov site says inflation is .59%   Which is of course BS but that's what they are paying..

As I understand it they've pulled food & gas out of the inflation data nowadays...same way they added the military enlistees into the equations to cook unemployment figures...

If I Googled 'Ed McMahon Zombie Porn" I'd wind up @ this thread
 
2013-09-01 07:48:18 PM  
libranoelrose My internet sarcasm detector is broken, so not sure if serious...

Powerball/Megamillions threads are a collection of data showing the unlikelihood of winning, coupled with Rev Jack Whittaker anecdotes & random images of sports cars & models Farkers who won would acquire on top of the aforeseen "Office Space" references.  I'm sure they debate "El Gordo" on fark.es which darker models  http://www.dw.de/everyones-a-winner-in-sodeto-almost/a-16462308
 
2013-09-01 07:52:47 PM  
www.thenashvillecitycemetery.org
 
2013-09-01 07:54:58 PM  

FlyingJ: libranoelrose My internet sarcasm detector is broken, so not sure if serious...

Powerball/Megamillions threads are a collection of data showing the unlikelihood of winning, coupled with Rev Jack Whittaker anecdotes & random images of sports cars & models Farkers who won would acquire on top of the aforeseen "Office Space" references.  I'm sure they debate "El Gordo" on fark.es which darker models  http://www.dw.de/everyones-a-winner-in-sodeto-almost/a-16462308


You might want to requote the correct person, there BigJ!

I am fully aware of how Fark lotto threads go down, it is why I found the stupid tax quote quite amusing
 
2013-09-01 07:55:42 PM  
And now he can afford to buy an iPad to read on the crapper and will no longer want to subscribe to paper magazines..
 
2013-09-01 07:56:44 PM  
publishers clearing house has $5000 a week?
 
2013-09-01 08:07:37 PM  

tetsoushima: libranoelrose: tetsoushima: GRCooper: Savage Belief: The_Original_Roxtar: "living paycheck to paycheck"
"buying new magazine subscriptions"

maybe if you weren't buying shiat you didn't need, you wouldn't be living paycheck to paycheck.

But if he didn't buy magazines he wouldn't have won.

Magazines are a tax on people who are bad at math

Explain.

I see you've never been a Fark POWEERBALL thread before

That was really helpful, thanks.


Sorry. Yeah, I was joking on the fact that every lottery thread has a "you can't win if you don't play" followed by "lotteries are a tax on people who are bad at math" exchange. It's a given.

TL;DR - just click on the "funny" button
 
2013-09-01 08:22:33 PM  
"not many 26-year olds order "World War 2" magazine"

Dave?
 
2013-09-01 08:33:42 PM  

Mateorabi: "not many 26-year olds order "World War 2" magazine"

Dave?


Dave's not here, man
 
2013-09-01 08:40:56 PM  
Good for him.
 
2013-09-01 08:41:17 PM  

SlothB77: publishers clearing house has $5000 a week?


That was my thought as well.

Just who are these people?
 
2013-09-01 08:46:45 PM  

SuperT: ParagonComplex: worlddan: Actually, many of them do. This doesn't make a good news story, however. So we just hear of all the losers who blow it in five years.

Yeah, I'll subscribe to your theory just to reaffirm faith in humanity. It never seems that the "right" people ever win a ton of cash. When I fantasize about winning the lottery I fantasize about how many people I can help instead of what cool stuff I can buy. It really would be nice if others were of the same moral fiber.

I'm not the only person who does this?


Here are some links to brighten your days:

The Honeywells
Some Connecticuters
A Chinese guy
 
2013-09-01 08:47:09 PM  

numbone: [www.thenashvillecitycemetery.org image 800x600]


So where are Jugs and Speed?
 
2013-09-01 08:58:43 PM  

GRCooper: tetsoushima: libranoelrose: tetsoushima: GRCooper: Savage Belief: The_Original_Roxtar: "living paycheck to paycheck"
"buying new magazine subscriptions"

maybe if you weren't buying shiat you didn't need, you wouldn't be living paycheck to paycheck.

But if he didn't buy magazines he wouldn't have won.

Magazines are a tax on people who are bad at math

Explain.

I see you've never been a Fark POWEERBALL thread before

That was really helpful, thanks.

Sorry. Yeah, I was joking on the fact that every lottery thread has a "you can't win if you don't play" followed by "lotteries are a tax on people who are bad at math" exchange. It's a given.

TL;DR - just click on the "funny" button


The lottery paid for my college where I learned not to play the lottery. I suppose I already won.
 
2013-09-01 09:09:11 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: First thing's first. Move out of that low income housing area. You're just asking to be robbed if you stick around.

Second, where are you going to get 3% interest these days? (Seriously, I'm asking. Guaranteed rates are the lowest I've seen, and they are a third of 3%)


I can get 4% right now. I have 4%, in fact. But I live in a country with better fiscal management than the US.
 
2013-09-01 09:16:45 PM  
ParagonComplex:
Yeah, I'll subscribe to your theory just to reaffirm faith in humanity. It never seems that the "right" people ever win a ton of cash. When I fantasize about winning the lottery I fantasize about how many people I can help instead of what cool stuff I can buy. It really would be nice if others were of the same moral fiber.

From your comment and your name, my first assumption is you've never had your generosity tested.  You'd like to believe you'd be a benevolent philanthropist, but this cruel world, as unfair as it is, has never provided you with the opportunity to show what a good guy you are.

Anyone would love to say they were the hero.  Anyone would love to say they rescued even one person from a life of misery.  When I was in South East Asia, I found out that the going rate for a human being was $10k.  I could have taken out a car loan, lied about the reason and pooled together enough money to buy a slave so I could set him/her free.  Good legacy, right?  One slave freed?

A lot more goes into that decision, even if it shouldn't.  If I had faith that even this small victory would not be otherwise crushed by the rest of humanity (how do you protect someone who the law has obviously been unable to protect?), I might have taken that chance.  If I wasn't concerned about my own financial situation at the time, desirous as I was to keep my head above water, perhaps I could have spared the money to gamble on such a long shot.

People are only as good as their situation allows them to be.  Sometimes their situations are so advantageous that they are perceived as heroes, and other times their challenges can be so dire that everyone would perceive them as selfish.
 
2013-09-01 09:27:30 PM  

Iplaybass: AverageAmericanGuy: First thing's first. Move out of that low income housing area. You're just asking to be robbed if you stick around.

Second, where are you going to get 3% interest these days? (Seriously, I'm asking. Guaranteed rates are the lowest I've seen, and they are a third of 3%)

I can get 4% right now. I have 4%, in fact. But I live in a country with better fiscal management than the US.


You say that...
 
2013-09-01 09:36:44 PM  

Savage Belief: But if he didn't buy magazines he wouldn't have won.


My mom always enters the sweepstakes without purchasing anything. One year she finally won something. Didn't get cash, but received a variety of random stuff (not magazines). She re-gifted most of it.
 
2013-09-01 09:44:35 PM  
I actually used to know the mother of the winner. She is a very sweet lady and I wish her all the luck.
 
2013-09-01 10:34:12 PM  
Funny thing is, Ed McMahon was never associated with Publishers Clearing House and never did any ads for them.
 
2013-09-01 11:13:00 PM  

SuperT: I'm not the only person who does this?


Niiiiiice. No, you're not alone. I'd use the money to help SO many people. All the homeless kids I could house, feed, educate. The poor kids (and adults) who cannot afford medical care (cancer treatment, in particular) due to our embarassment that is "medical care". I'd help so many people, and make so many lives better. I'll fullfil my dream one of these days, hopefully. I just wish all of the evil people with their love of money would think the same. Bill and Melinda Gates should focus more on their own country, but at least they're doing SOMETHING, ya know? I just cannot understand the evil mentality of people hoarding money. Peeps can hoard newspapers, critters, and other random nonsense and be considered batshiat insane, but people hoarding money are legit? Nooooooo~puh. They're just as mentally insane, but even moreso.
 
2013-09-01 11:17:48 PM  

Sandwyrm: From your comment and your name, my first assumption is you've never had your generosity tested. You'd like to believe you'd be a benevolent philanthropist, but this cruel world, as unfair as it is, has never provided you with the opportunity to show what a good guy you are.

Anyone would love to say they were the hero. Anyone would love to say they rescued even one person from a life of misery. When I was in South East Asia, I found out that the going rate for a human being was $10k. I could have taken out a car loan, lied about the reason and pooled together enough money to buy a slave so I could set him/her free. Good legacy, right? One slave freed?

A lot more goes into that decision, even if it shouldn't. If I had faith that even this small victory would not be otherwise crushed by the rest of humanity (how do you protect someone who the law has obviously been unable to protect?), I might have taken that chance. If I wasn't concerned about my own financial situation at the time, desirous as I was to keep my head above water, perhaps I could have spared the money to gamble on such a long shot.

People are only as good as their situation allows them to be. Sometimes their situations are so advantageous that they are perceived as heroes, and other times their challenges can be so dire that everyone would perceive them as selfish.


Psst, this is just between you and I, but the name... it's just a gimmick. Fair enough point, though. It is said that money changes people, but look at it like this: Those that have grown up with very little can have very little (or a little more) and be perfectly content. I really would quite literally put my imagined money where my mouth is. Yeah, you coulda/shoulda/woulda, but what's done is done. If more people legitimately used money for the Good of those less fortunate the world truly would be a better place. If only.
 
2013-09-01 11:45:30 PM  

ParagonComplex: I'd use the money to help SO many people. All the homeless kids I could house, feed, educate. The poor kids (and adults) who cannot afford medical care (cancer treatment, in particular) due to our embarassment that is "medical care". I'd help so many people, and make so many lives better.


If you spent it on cancer treatment, you'd probably burn through it really quickly. You'd help a lot more people if you spent it on preventing or curing much cheaper diseases. Spend it on the third world and the number of people you'd help per dollar could skyrocket, but I'm not about to argue against patriotism.
 
2013-09-02 12:38:43 AM  

Starry Heavens: If you spent it on cancer treatment, you'd probably burn through it really quickly. You'd help a lot more people if you spent it on preventing or curing much cheaper diseases. Spend it on the third world and the number of people you'd help per dollar could skyrocket, but I'm not about to argue against patriotism.


Yeah, you're unfortunately exactly right. Just my mother died of lung cancer (as well as a great number of other family members) so I have an affinity for cancer. I could just start a cancer fund in her name, and use it to treat lung cancer, and possibly use it to help people stop smoking or use alternatives (like ecigs) to prevent cancer. It's all hypothetical (for now) anyway. It's sort of funny, but I was doing some soul-searching one night, and I realized that I wanted to be when I grow up (as childish as that sounds since I'm 32) is a philanthropist. Good Lord willing it'll happen some day. I'd love to help third world countries like the Congo, tho. I watched the Parts Unknown episode of Anthony Bourdain's series last night, and it really connected with me. That, and I dearly love Josehph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
 
2013-09-02 03:31:46 AM  
Cuchulane Funny thing is, Ed McMahon was never associated with Publishers Clearing House and never did any ads for them.

So if you won from Publisher's Clearing House you'd use the money to bring back American Family Publishers?
http://www.forbes.com/sites/larissafaw/2012/11/21/the-curious-case-o f- ed-mcmahon-and-the-publishers-clearing-house/
 
2013-09-02 12:34:04 PM  
$5000 per week for life? As my local paper/TV station would probably leak out my rare surname, I'd be relocating across the country ASAP....

/ lots of "white trash" parasites in my corner of the PNW...
// unfortunately, I'm related to some of them..
 
2013-09-02 06:17:34 PM  
I'd love to know how they come up with those odds. They seem a little extreme, even for a lottery.
 
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