Is there such a thing as being too generous with your lotto winnings? Janite Lee, who won the St. Louis Lottery might say yes. While Mr. Pitt’s troubles could be traced at least partly to people around him, in the case of Miss Lee her own generosity proved her undoing. Although in fairness to Miss Lee it took her almost 8 years to declare bankruptcy after donating the lion’s share of her prize winnings to a variety of political and charitable causes including a university library with her name on it. The good news for Miss Lee, who was left with exactly $700 to her name, is that library books are still free. For that matter, she can RewardIt Lotto every day for free as well, although I’m sure if she wins this time, she’ll have a much better idea of what to do with the prize money.
Giving it (Almost) All Away
The story of Allen and Violet Large comes to us from Canada and is perhaps among the most heartwarming lotto winner story we’ve ever heard. A retired couple living in Nova Scotia, Allen and Violet decided that winning lotto was more than they needed so they gave some money to their family and donated about 98% of their total lotto winning prize to a variety of charities and good causes including the hospital which successfully treated Mrs. Large for cancer. In explaining why they gave most of the money away, the married couple of 35 years are reported to have replied “we’re the lucky ones, we have each other, and we don’t need much more than that.” Talk about a happy ending.