Lottery Winners Dole Out Their Winnings

Submitted by: belunan 6 years ago
http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20101104/od_yblog_upshot/nicest-canadian-couple-in-world-doles-out-lottery-winnings

The feel-good story of the day--there aren"t many of those. I-A-Bers, what would you do in this situation?
There are 46 comments:
Male 5,413
Well I guess they are going to die so give it away. Shame it`s not going to help with the government and companies stealing it.
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Male 586
Well, they didn`t dole out ALL their winnings. They kept 2%.
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Female 3,001
wow that`s awesome! I have a new found respect for Canada and its people :)
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Male 559
I think it`s a great thing they did, and I wish more people were like that. Honestly but sadly, I admit that I would not be that charitable. I would give some money to things like a reputable cancer charity and the Salvation Army, but I would not be near as generous as that sweet old couple. So, more power to them and may God bless them. Now I am gonna go pray for her cancer to disapear.
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Male 165
Yeesh, As much as I support charity, I can`t give that much money away. I am too young to give away 11 million dollars.
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Female 112
...Then why did you buy the ticket?I understand it was nice but,did they buy the ticket to give it away?
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Male 1,357
Wooo for canadians!
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Female 243
Awwww.
That`s so nice.
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Male 25,416
Wow, thats awesome!
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Female 3,598
that is so cool. true charity.
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Male 1,523
Wow... That`s really nice of them! Don`t think I can stand giving that much money away. I`d have to keep at least 100,000 dollars.
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Male 2,422
Keep 1/3, give 1/3 to my friends, donate 1/3 to my alma mater (spiffy new science lab and tell the football team to drat off.)
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Male 36,394
This just in... Canadians = Awesome!
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Male 4,807
I just read this in the paper this morning... Maybe I should check IAB BEFORE reading the news.
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Male 6,694
And yet I still have a house payment.
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Female 2,674
:) How wonderful. This makes me miss my grandparents.
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Male 840
This just reminds me to get an unlisted phone number after I win but before I turn in that winning lottery ticket.
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Female 751
I would give a lot away, but drat if I wouldn`t keep at least 100K for myself.

@Why did they play for it if they didn`t want it?

Maybe it was before her cancer? that`s all I can think of that makes sense, then if you survive cancer, well $1mill just doesn`t seem as valuable as your life, ya know? but it`s just speculation :)
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Male 808
@ Raiin-interesting pic, did u get the sh*t kicked out of you?

As for why they played, they played not expecting to win just out of habit...really though, it is very noble of them because I can imagine the headaches that come with winning that much money, family, friends, hanger ons etc.
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Female 4,039
I would keep it all and just go bat-sh*t crazy. MINE MINE MINE MINE!!!! Yes, I am a selfish a-hole.
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Female 293
oh drat that. i would keep that money. drat charity. :P
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Male 533
To be completely honest, I would also give all of my lotto winnings to charity as well.
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Male 2,850
"QUESTION: Why did they play for it, if they didn`t want it?"

Exactly my thought.
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Male 561
maybe their kids are a$$holes
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Male 28
If I had won this. The first thing I`d do would be to put $52,000 on deposit in 20 separate banks. That would be $1,000 a week for the next 20 years using the interest for cost of living increase . Then I`d start to give it away.
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Male 3,076
thank god that they were not young they are going to die soon any ways, so there no point to hold on to 11 million dollars
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Male 12,138
Altruism is a decidedly left-wing construct. Some call it socialism. Sorry Auburn, under your right-wing government, you and your kids would have been left to dissicate.
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Female 2,289
QUESTION: Why did they play for it, if they didn`t want it?
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Male 10,339
If I had won this, and for some ungodly reason I just didn`t want it, I would split it evenly between my children before I would give it away.

Who`s gonna take care of me when I can`t take care of myself?
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Male 1,834
tldr
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Male 2,419
why would their kids be pissed? it says they gave money to their family first, would you be pissed if a $500,000 mortgage just vanished over night and you now actually own your house?
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Male 1,598
@Gerry1of1: No. If you had read the article, which apparently you did not, you would have seen that it clearly stated "They took care of family first...".

In any case, It`s nice to see that not all people are selfish and greedy :)
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Female 513
To those who say they would be pissed if you were their kid: you would be an incredibly ungrateful child.

If these were MY parents, I`d be beyond proud of them. Why should *I* expect money from them when they`ve raised me, and supported me during my childhood? They owe me NOTHING.
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Female 1,589
Why the hell would you be pissed if you were one of their kids? They got some money from them! More than what the parents kept for themselves.
I would be damn proud if those were MY parents.
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Male 296
Lol, this is a half an hour away from my house. I read the news story in the newspaper, then I came on IAB and was like wtf.
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Male 15,510
Karma is a b*tch (that goes for us)
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Male 37,888
i bet their kids are pissed
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Male 1,081
doh...
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Male 10,339
"They gave money to their family so their kids probably received 200k"

If I were one of their kids I`d still be pissed.
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Male 1,442
What would I do if I had the money or if I saw them giving out?

If I had the money, I would first pay back everyone who I feel I owe something. Then I would get a decent sized house and invest wisely to make sure the money would last me (and hopefully a family in the future) for as long as possible.

If I saw them giving the money away, I would think "How nice of them."... then wish I had the money to go with plan A.
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Male 77
HAHAHA and in Canada it`s all tax free!
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Male 2,506
They gave money to their family so their kids probably received 200k
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Female 40
Sad that the commenter got this completely correct:

"Clearly they don`t live in the US. Here they would have needed their winnings to pay the bills from the treatment for cancer."

If only others that had commented had even realized this before putting their own lives` problems and chastise them for even playing the lotto if "they didn`t need the money" (I`m talking about yahoo comments, not IAB).
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Male 10,339
And then their children kill them in their sleep.
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Male 58
Really? Where was I when they were handing out the money? I always miss out on these things
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Male 1,505
Link: Lottery Winners Dole Out Their Winnings [Rate Link] - The feel-good story of the day--there aren`t many of those. I-A-Bers, what would you do in this situation?
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