08 Jun

This week the Powerball lottery winner finally stepped forward to claim their $590.5 million.  When I watched it unfold in Zephyrhills, Florida, I was pissed off for several reasons.

First off…winner Gloria MacKenzie is 84-years-old, which seems a bit unfair when you think about it.  You would think that at her age she may have given up on winning and allowed broke younger American’s a chance of a long life of luxury.  Should they have an age restriction on lottery purchases?

Second, I was upset for the senior who probably waited a lifetime to win such a huge amount of money.  Now she will likely have to leave it to family members and has only a limited amount of time to enjoy her millionaire status.  It would really irk me if I were to win all that cash, with one foot in the grave.  Yeah, you may say she may be happy to leave it to her kids and grandchildren, but lets face it….she is probably cursing under her breath.

Third, the poor woman, Mindy Crandell, 34, was behind her in line at the Publix store.  She was with her daughter and did a kind act by letting the woman go ahead of her.  This was supposed to be a nice gesture, but in the end the good Samaritan put her fate in the lap of someone else.  Being nice did not seem to pay off…well not yet.  Maybe she will get a chunk of that cash.  It goes to show, one small change can affect your life forever.  Who says being kind pays?  It’s more like good guys finish last.

Amazingly enough, this was the most money ever won by a single lottery winner in the USA. MacKenzie was smart enough to opt for the lottery’s lump-sum payment of $370.8 million, which is a no brainer since she may only have a good 10-years left (if she’s lucky again).  After Uncle Sam gets his share, it leaves about $278.2 million to splurge on whatever she wishes…but she better move fast!

So this may seem a bit harsh, but I really am happy for her.  It just really pisses me off when the winner is not a struggling young mom about to lose their home, a Military guy just released of duty, or just some broke poor soul who could really use it to support their family. OR ME!!!

Maybe after reading this, now you’re pissed off.  That’s fine by me….I am only saying what most people are thinking.



Posted by on June 8, 2013 in HEADLINE NEWS


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  1. Tom Nefeldt

    June 9, 2013 at 11:42 am

    I don’t know about age restrictions, an older winner might bequeath some winnings to various charities, or relatives/friends in need. But I do feel she should offer something to the person that let her get in front of her… but then if they were quick picks who knows!

    • brittaj

      June 9, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      Tom…age restriction is a must! LOL! Until I reach 84 then it is just fine:).

      • Tom Nefeldt

        June 9, 2013 at 10:30 pm

        but you have a least 60 more years to reach that age restriction, at least you look like you do.

      • brittaj

        June 10, 2013 at 2:44 pm

        Tom, that would make me REALLY old! LOL! But thanks I will take it:).


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