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goldrush

New South Wales, Australia

 

A local player from Forster has suddenly become an instant millionaire after picking up the entire Division One prize of $1 million in last night’s Lotto draw.

The winner becomes part of the elite 29 Lotto millionaires created so far this year. A grand total 717 Lotto players have become millionaires since Lotto was introduced in 1979.

The winner was delighted with the news but wishes to remain totally anonymous.

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delS

He is a wise person to have the desire to remain anonymous!  He will have to labor at it!  With new found notoriety comes the responsibility to guard his/her and their families interest. 

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dvdiva

If you win $1 million you would be anonymous anyways.

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bellyache

It's nice that you can remain anonymous with some lotteries, but that isn't always the case. If it had been a bigger jackpot I bet they wouldn't be.

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Rip Snorter

Good to hear they have lotteries in OZ and that people win them.  Too bad we don't get some Aussies in to LP occasionally to pep things up.

Jack

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lchoro

 A woman who won a $65.4 million Powerball jackpot with her husband five years ago was found dead at her home overlooking the Ohio River. Police said she had been dead for days before anyone found her.

Virginia Metcalf Merida's son found her dead Wednesday. Campbell County Police are awaiting autopsy results and toxicology results before announcing a cause of death.

Investigators said there was no sign of forced entry at the 5,000-square-foot, custom-built geodesic dome house that Merida, 51, bought for $559,000 in 2000.

Her husband, Mack Wayne Metcalf, died in 2003 at age 45 while living in a replica of George Washington's Mount Vernon estate built in Corbin. His death followed multiple run-ins with the law in the days following the lottery win.

When they won the jackpot, the couple refused dozens of interview requests but told lottery officials they were going separate ways to fulfill lifelong dreams. Merida was quitting her job making corrugated boxes and planned to buy a home. Metcalf, a forklift operator, wanted to start a new life in Australia.


http://www.comcast.net/news/national/index.jsp?cat=DOMESTIC&fn=/2005/11/26/271500.html

 

 

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bellyache

A woman who won a $65.4 million Powerball jackpot with her husband five years ago was found dead at her home overlooking the Ohio River. Police said she had been dead for days before anyone found her.

I wonder what she died from. Maybe she was murdered?

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delS

I hate to hear this type of stories! The love of money can reveal the deep rotten issues within a heart that has been left to corrode and corrupt.

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lchoro

This link has a picture of her unique home.  Other articles say that she's been dead for five days. Sad story.  No one hardly knew her or knew of her.

 

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051126/NEWS0103/511260369/1077/rss02

 

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rlevins

Here is what I found about July 22, 2000 when they won

Mack Metcalf, 42, and his wife, Virginia Metcalf Merida, 46, will split their winnings 60/40. Both plan to immediately quit their jobs. Mack has been a forklift driver for Johnson Controls in Florence the last two-and-a-half years. Virginia has worked as a corrugator for Indy Homeycomb in Highland Heights for two years. Mack is moving to Australia and buying several houses, while Virginia still hasn't decided what to do with her portion.

It seems that they did not choose annonymity. Annonymity seems to be the best way alongwith some desire to learn how to handle the richness.

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justxploring

I've read many stories about lottery winners who are broke or committed suicide, etc. One site has a long list. These tales are very sad as is the suffering of anyone. But sad stories are part of everyday life and reading about starving children is a heck of a lot more upsetting than hearing about rich people whose lives were destroyed, especially after this year's hurricane season. I believe most people would benefit from winning $65M.  If it's too much pressure, then build a couple of homeless shelters or rape crisis centers (maybe a no-kill animal rescue center?) and keep a little for yourself to be comfortable.  Some so-called experts say winning money makes people miserable and often breaks up marriages and families. However, if that's the case, the relationship wasn't built on solid ground in the first place. I hope I don't sound as if I'm lecturing or resentful. I'm the last one to be telling anyone how to live.  It's just that a lot of money would help me and many others I know pay off debts, buy a nice home and enjoy a new freedom that comes with knowing you don't have to worry about losing your job or affording good health care. So when I hear about all the "problems" rich people have and the troubles money creates, I just shake my head and say "just give me the chance to see how miserable a few million bucks will make me." As far as being alone goes, I don't think 5 days is so unusual.

Regarding anonymity, I think you can do your best to keep a low profile, but you can't really hide if you win a lottery.  Most states require that the names be published. Most local news stations will try to find out who won if the ticket was sold in your town unless there's a lot of juicy news to report that week. Even if you create an LLC or Trust with a new FEIN, your social security number will be searched for past debts, tax liens, child support, judgments, etc. before you get a dime.  That's why it's so important to get good legal advice and keep quiet.  

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takeitez

  It is very hard to keep people from knowing when you win money. I know, this happened to me in 1995.

  I was on a project in California and won about $500,000. I called home and told my Mother and my Dad about my good fortune and told them to find a home they liked when I got back I would buy it for them. My Dad passed away before I got home but I bought my Mom a house and paid all her bills. They were the only people I told.

  We live in a small town of about 30,000 people. I have lived there all my life. When I came back everyone knew I had won some money. Some of my friends told me people were saying I had won $10 million! My ex-wife called and said she deserved at least a million. We had been divorced over 10 years!! Some of what I thought were my friends wanted money. The pastor thought it would be the right thing for me to build a new church! 

  I bought the house for Mom, bought the farm where I live now on Carters Lake and me a new truck and retired.

  My point is, not only is it hard to keep it quite when you win, it is hard to keep the rumors from getting started about how much you win. I won 1/2  million and it got stretched to 10 million!

ez

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sirbrad

Yea sure for every 1,000 happy stories there will be a few horror ones. But every case is completely individual. As in anything in life, there will be good and bad regardless of the subject.

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sirbrad

  It is very hard to keep people from knowing when you win money. I know, this happened to me in 1995.

  I was on a project in California and won about $500,000. I called home and told my Mother and my Dad about my good fortune and told them to find a home they liked when I got back I would buy it for them. My Dad passed away before I got home but I bought my Mom a house and paid all her bills. They were the only people I told.

  We live in a small town of about 30,000 people. I have lived there all my life. When I came back everyone knew I had won some money. Some of my friends told me people were saying I had won $10 million! My ex-wife called and said she deserved at least a million. We had been divorced over 10 years!! Some of what I thought were my friends wanted money. The pastor thought it would be the right thing for me to build a new church! 

  I bought the house for Mom, bought the farm where I live now on Carters Lake and me a new truck and retired.

  My point is, not only is it hard to keep it quite when you win, it is hard to keep the rumors from getting started about how much you win. I won 1/2  million and it got stretched to 10 million!

ez

I believe I deserve at least $2.5 million.

Also, I have already added an extra $5 million to your supposed winnings, and have told several people already that you have won $15 million. It has already spread around rapidly, and has gotten back to me within minutes. Someone asked me if I heard about that guy who won $50 million dollars from Carters Lake.

 

I said yes, I think so. But I heard it was around $75 million. They said no kidding? $100 million eh? Yup....$120 million. CASH.

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takeitez

That is the way it went!!

Sometimes I even day dream about what it would have been like if I had won a lot of money!

Sirbrad your check is in the mail!Big Smile

ez

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