Who wants to be a millionaire? Everyone!
Geez money is an ugly business.
Today’s example: Mirlande Wilson, the 37 year-old Haitian immigrant who claims she will not be sharing her winnings of the $US100 million lottery, despite having participated in a syndicate with her McDonalds colleagues.
The mother of seven told the New York Post that the winning ticket was purchased on a separate day and had nothing to do with the syndicate. But that’s not how her co-workers remember it.
Every one of the 14-strong syndicate, who earn approximately $7 an hour making hamburgers, claim to have given her $5 to buy their tickets in the country’s biggest ever lottery sweep. Now they’re irate. Some have even said they’re ready to kill for their share.
Whether or not Ms Wilson is right this story is not uncommon. When it comes to the lotter even the most rational of humans completely lose their minds. Even when they don’t win.
Let’s start with the odds. They’re crap. We have an infinitely better chance of wining a load of cash by putting a dollar on every winning horse at the races tomorrow, than we do of winning it on the lottery. But we willingly hand over the money anyway.
We then justify the purchase of said ticket with lots of self-talk. We tell ourselves how great it would be to win and how much it would change our lives, before spending an inordinate amount of time planning what we’d do with it. Some people even fight about it.
But here’s the thing – winning the money won’t really help anyone. Well, not in the long-term anyway. History shows us that getting rich quick is the fastest way to ruin your life. Relationships break down, you’re accosted by everyone you’ve ever known for a loan and invariably, no matter how much money you win, it will never be enough to keep everyone happy till the end of time.
So what can we take away from this story? At least that part is simple.
1. Never take part in a lotto syndicate. Or if you really have to do make sure you get a contract drawn up.
2. If you do win, keep your mouth shut and jump on the next plane.
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