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The Lottery really shouldn't show pictures!

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Alexander, May 14, 2016.

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  1. Alexander

    Alexander Low-Roller

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    To many stories of Lottery winners being harrassed, robbed, and even killed for their winnings. The Lottery Commission shouldn't be showing pictures of winners. Just a first name and a last name and MAYBE their hometown should be okay.

    You know what? A first and a last name only if they have a very common name, for example, my first name is the very common, Alexander and my last name is also a very common name, so it wouldn't harm me because people wouldn't know which Alexander won the money and I live in a crowded and very popular city,(Miami, Florida) my name and location being known wouldn't harm me. However an uncommon first and last name like Buois Seveay in Sarasota, Florida could harm him if this information of him winning was made public. So. B.S in Florida winning would not harm him.
     
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    They can show my name and picture as i wont be living here much longer after getting the check. Would love to get a condo right on the strip. Like Veer or something like that. Maybe a couple of them. No need for a yard and all that hassle to care for.
     
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    Alexander Low-Roller

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    Lol, Eddie. Good point if you are moving anyway! I remember a couple who was actually smart with their winnings (Hired financial consultants, opened up CD's, opened up new savings accounts, were very quiet about the winnings and weren't flashy about it)moved when complete strangers began knocking on their door, begging them for money. They moved to a wealthy gated community where everybody was rich.
     
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    deansrobinson Low-Roller

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    Same here. You know, signing up, that if you win - you're public information.
    But no law stipulating how long you have to be 'public'... :ssst:
    I think that part of the stepping forward to collect is not only arranging the financial aspects of wining but so is the obligatory disappearing act afterwards.
    Were it us, immediately upon signing the necessary papers, a couple who look just like those lottery winners boarded a flight to...
     
  6. Alexander

    Alexander Low-Roller

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    LOL. I don't blame you for implying that you would run for the hills and go into hiding with your winnings if you ever won the Lottery! Smart man!:D
     
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    They publish the names, info and photos of the winners for transparency (to help assure people its on the up and up) and to help encourage future sales.

    When people do win the lottery every charity or hard luck case is going to approach them somehow (phone, email, mail, in person) with their hand out, they just need to know how to say "no" and for the times when bad things do happen to lottery winners most of the time (not always, but most of the time) they've brought it upon themselves.
     
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    I thought you have the option to exclude photos, but many people don't know about it and the lottery people really don't want you to know.
    Remember the lottery is like a business and their business is to get as many people to play the lottery.
    They know posting pictures puts a face to the winners which makes it more real to get more people to play.
    Just like any other money making business they really don't care about the welfare of the customers.
     
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    Those folks from the Trenton area that won the other day look like decent people who will try to help others less fortunate. My only hope is that they have someone honest and trustworthy to advise them.
     
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    It's profiling...and I know profiling is wrong...but I do it anyway.

    When I look at who the winner is, and granted I know absolutely nothing more about them than is released, there's a part of me that tends to say, 'good for them. they deserve a win like that'. As opposed to the already affluent who don't deserve a win? Huh? :rolleyes2:

    I knew a woman who worked for the lottery down here (marketing major). She said that there are basically two types of people who win the lottery. Those who know, and appreciate the windfall...and those that are not well anchored (there's other words to use, but I'm going with that) and lose it all. Here's some of how it shakes out...

    http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/21-lottery-winners-who-lost-it-all/


    and here's one from right down the road...underscoring the value of discretion...

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/lottery-murder-deedee-moore-found-guilty/story?id=17926009
     
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    Laws probably vary on a state-by-state basis where some allow you to opt out and others don't - here in British Columbia its part of the rules that by buying a ticket you give them the right to publish your name and photo if you win (technically they can if you win anything, but they aren't going to post the name and photo of a $5 winner or anything like that).


    Going back a few years one of our national lotteries was won by a local millionaire - he was worth about $50-60 million and won something around $15 million in our Lotto Max lottery.

    There was actually a pretty big uproar about it, along the lines of the "don't deserve to win", and people were calling in to radio talk shows or writing to the newspaper about it being unfair or that he should have to give all the money away to charity.

    New players that win also set a lot of people off, those people who will say something in an interview like "I've never played the lottery before. I was buying gas and the cashier gave me $2 change back so I said to just give me a lottery ticket for the big draw tonight... and then I won the jackpot!"
     
  12. Alexander

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    Yeah, Dee Dee Moore was a real piece of sht. Stealing Abraham's money, and then killing him when the money ran out. Her getting his old boss, Gregory to call his mother as Abraham and claim that he was doing alright and sending her a letter claiming he was enjoying his money in another country(while he actually was lying dead in one of Dee dee's homes yards) was low of both of them to do. Her smiling when she is interviewed in prison about his death was also particularly chilling.
     
  13. spdandpwr

    spdandpwr Low-Roller

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    This is why I gamble at the casino and not with the state lottery ;)
     
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