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Jason Allen

1. I don't think anyone who didn't want to be around sick people or who liked to puff Mary Jane would bother with the years of work required to become a successful neurosurgeon.

2.Your scenario is twice as classy as the best Sandler movie. That boy just loves the low brow scripts.

Sean Dougherty

Actually, we recently found out one of our bridesmaids' parents won a $38 million lottery jackpot. They live a comfortable upper middle class retiree existence in North Carolina and their children are also successful.

Our impression is the opposite of yours - that money draws to money. They are really nice people, however, the kind you would want to win the lottery, so from that perspective it is also good marketing. They worked their whole lives so this seems like virtue rewarded.

jimbob

Thought I'd get in here quickly before the jealous types leapt on with, "Awwww he didn't deserve it", or worse "only dumb people play the lottery".

Most of lifes trial and tribluations can be boiled down to the simple process of "regression to the mean". Anyone not familiar with the concept go look it up. you'll find you are aware of it on a daily basis just no-ones pointed it out (I had to have it pointed out to me...)

I refer specifically to the law of money won and money found.

If you don't put in effort (or are rewarded disproportionately to the level of effort input)the reward will never fully be appreciated and will be squandered or frittered away. this I'm sure is similar to the process Scott has been outlining concerning his own success and the rocky route to it.

Simply put: one pound (or dollar) in, 33 million out = 33 million about to be squandered.

Lets hope that the innate (that's right brother you heard me correctly) sense of human decency does some good on what I'm sure will be one hell of a ride. If he's asking, mines a pint of ale....

Simon Robert

Hey Scott, did you hear about the chap who won the British Lottery, I cant remember his name, but I remember he blew several million pounds in the space of about 3 years, most of it on vast quantities of drugs, and wild parties. I think his name was Micheal Carrol, or something like that, but in time-honoured dilbert fashion, I cant be arsed to look it up. But yeah, he quit his job, lived the wild life, and I seem to recall he ended up getting arrested for drug-related offences.

Maybe Adam Sandler should make a film about him? :)

Scott

Ha... I like the way the winner's actions betray their lies. They're talking about not changing much, but they took the lump sum and thus only 31% of their winnings!

TrevOverT

When I last won a million I immediately gave all of it to a local neurosurgeon who I had befriended on the street where he had been panhandling to buy a new set of scalpels as the old ones were wearing out. After that I didn't see him again and I suspect he wasn't a neurosurgeon at all but had been a lesser caregiver and was only buying some more modest instument like a bottle opener.

zlh

theres no way a neurosurgeon could be 30 years old. age 18 + 4 years of college + 4 years of medical school + 5 years surgery residency + 4-7 years neurosurgery fellowship + a few years to be in practice and become wealthy means he'd be in his 40s at least. also, only poor gullible schmucks play the lottery. funny post though.

Craig

How could anyone forget this?

http://archives.cnn.com/2002/US/12/26/powerball.jackpot/index.html

Buddy was already a millionaire when he won the largest single-ticket lottery prize in history at the time, 314.9 million.

pureevilmatt

Sounds more like a Rob Schneider movie to me.

Bromond


A woman comes home shouting, "Honey, pack your bags! I won the lottery!"
The husband exclaims, "Wow! That's great! Should I pack for the ocean, the mountains, or what?"
And she says, "I don't care. Just get the hell out."

passerby

It pisses me off when I see people say they won't give up their jobs after they win... no, they keep the job, instead of giving it up and letting it go to some poor schmuck who still has to work for a living. And just think about the resentment you'd encounter, going to work every day on your blue-collar job, and all your co-workers knowing you were sitting on several million dollars.
And if they wanted to keep working, why did they play the lottery in the first place? Maybe hoping to win enough to build a carport onto the doublewide, I guess.
I know if we won, my husband wouldn't work one day more - he'd be out of there the day we got the check. We wouldn't blow it all on big cars and fur coats and diamonds, either. A nice home, yeah, but not palatial, just a nice two-bedroom ranch. And maybe some travel, if the crazy people don't make tourism too unsafe. Hmm, maybe too late for that already.
We'd have a nice nest egg to leave to our kids, though, which is the best of all.

Guardian1153

If not Adam Sandler, then Larry the Cableguy!
Lord (if you believe in her) have mercy on our souls!

Jef

We had a member of the #1 band of the time win the lottery in 1993. Lazy wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Saw_Doctors

I wonder what Mrs Truckdriver thinks. After years of "I'd love to spend the weekend with you but I've gotta work" what's his excuse now for staying away?

Though on closer reading I note she was actually the winner. Has he said whether it is his decision to keep on working or hers?

Heather

In the article, the winner states that he'll keep working because he "can't go fishing all the time" and he doesn't play golf.

You'd think having money out the wazoo might be an impetus to learn, but apparently not.

Neal

Haha, if I ever win the Powerball there's one thing I can promise you - there will be a lot fewer poor prostitutes in my area. There will probably be a lot more young slutty girls driving fancy cars too - if they're slutty enough...know what I mean.

Tyler J.

I posted a comment earlier, but my link didn't work. It should now.

Robert Bannon

True story: One of the earliest winners of the Irish National Lottery used some of his winnings to buy the building used by the local social security office. He rented it back to the government and for some time afterwards was amused to collect a cheque from the dole office periodically. He was unemployed at the time of winning... Guess some habits are hard to break.

Robert

The lottery - a tax on hope. (I got that from a TV comedian)

If your dumb enough to play, then its likely you don't have a great job.

A bit of a sweeping generalisation, but probably mostly true.

Amy

Perhaps the reason you don't hear of rich neurosurgeons winning the Powerball is becuase:

a. There are so many fewer filthy rich Americans than there are average Joes, and
b. Average Joes are more like to buy lottery tickets than rich dudes.

That's just my theory. It's a similar thing in India, where the lottery business is huge! You'll find quite poor people in these really shady stores purchasing tickets. Never seen a rich person doing that yet.

Real Live Girl

As romantic as it sounds, I'm not sure that floating around stoned on a big ol' boat until dying of the clap is high on most people's list of things to do with millions of dollars. But upgrading your house, making sure the family is set, travel, and picking some charities to sponsor seem to be the common dream. But you don't have to win the lottery to make that happen either. And still have enough money left over to buy a movie ticket to the Adam Sandler film you just wrote.

Robby

Why are lottery winners all blue-collar workers? Those are the demographic that most commonly buys lottery tickets. The sort of people who have a little bit of money to burn (say, about as much per week as a lottery ticket costs) but still occasionally have problems paying for both rent and food. This is the kind of person to whom a one in three billion chance of winning a hundred million dollars looks good.

Wealthy neurosurgeons certainly want more money than they have, but they want a scheme that gives them a better than one in three billion chance of getting it. So, they become investors, or embezzlers, in their spare time, not lottery-ticket-buyers.

Josh

I've come to look forward to your blog more than most that I read. Amazing how straight forward (read:not politically correct) and honest you are. The humor goes without saying, much of which comes from the honesty ;)

Thanks!

Mark Thorson

If democracies were really run
by the people, rather than
moneyed interests, the people
who vote for the enabling
legislation for state
lotteries would also vote to
make it zero-sum, so that all
of the proceeds would be
returned to the consumers.

Instead, every state that has
a lottery also assigns it as
a monopoly to a private
company that gets to keep
most of the profits, giving
only a pittance to "schools"
(but which actually ends up
offsetting other money the
schools would have gotten
from state taxes).

I think the people of most
states would favor passing
a zero-sum gambling law,
which would legalize certain
forms of gambling in which
the house collects nothing.
This would be a boon to bars
and restaurants, who would
make money off the drinks and
food. It would also provide
employment for serving staff.

But, of course, a law like
that could never be passed
because in-state and out-of-
state gambling interests
would oppose it, and spend
considerable amounts of money
in bribes and advertising
to make sure it didn't pass.

Yuriy

Actually, I'm pretty sure a few years ago a wealthy businessman won a $multi-million lottery jackpot. Not sure if it was Powerball(tm) or not.

DWH

Adam Sandler's ears are ringing.And sadly, I would watch that movie too.
If I won a lotto, I would buy a town, and get myself elected mayor.My election platform would be,"I own this town, who you gonna vote for?"It's a no-brainer.

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