“Janite Lee was the rare lottery winner who chose to spend her brand-new wealth on someone other than herself. Lee, an immigrant from South Korea, was working at a wig shop when she hit the Illinois Lottery in 1993. After moving her family into a million-dollar gated community in St. Louis, she spent much of her $620,000 a year on philanthropic efforts. Her political contributions found her dining with Bill Clinton and Al Gore, and her educational donations put her name on a reading room at the Washington University School of Law. But she sold the rights to her annual payment for a lump sum, and in less than a decade Lee was in bankruptcy court to put her debts to rest. When the 60-year-old Lee filed for Chapter 7 in 2001, she had less than $700 to her name and $2.5 million in debts.”
Money really doesn’t buy happiness, as too much money can cause nothing but misery.
Or maybe if you haven’t earned it, it’s just squandered.
Or maybe it’s just humanity. Everyone wanting something from someone else (a handout)? like another lottery winner would say, “But it hasn’t made me happy. It just made me anxious that people are only after me for my money.”
Another thing is why do we give money away to others when we have them but they don’t need it, but when we need it no one is around to give money. They will be around to criticize how wastefully you spent all that winning, and ignored all that was given to them.
(via Time Magazine)