Don’t Quit Your Day Job
It looks like the second and final winner in last month’s huge Powerball jackpot has just come forward in Arizona. The thirty-something family man and his wife have only played Powerball twice since relocating to Arizona from Pennsylvania, but it looks like that was enough.
“It is difficult to express just how thankful we are for this wonderful gift,” the new millionaire told reporters. “Obviously, this has been incredibly overwhelming, and we have always cherished our privacy.”
Good luck with that.
A representative of the Arizona Lottery named Cindy Esquer has already said she will release his name as early as Monday if news organizations request it using the Freedom of Information Act. So no, there will be no privacy for these recent winners. Fortunately, they were smart enough to hire legal and financial teams to help them through the process.
After taxes, Mr. Arizona will walk away with a cool $114 million, slightly less than the $117 million taken home by the winner in Missouri. State taxes obviously make a difference, but come on. We’re talking about more than a hundred million here. Who’s going to complain?
Mr. Arizona also claimed that he would keep his day job, which has been described as “just a regular job, like yours or mine” by the executive director of the Arizona Lottery, Jeff Hatch-Miller.
Of course, this comes from a guy who chooses to hyphenate his last name. You don’t see that a lot.
I have to say that Mr. Arizona’s plan to stay gainfully employed is an admirable one. It probably won’t work, but it’s definitely worth a try, I guess. You see, I’m convinced his employer may grow resentful of having to pay someone who already has millions in the bank. Either that or people will expect him to pick up the tabs on company events or parties. And when he doesn’t? Bam! More resentment.
Call me jaded or pessimistic, but I’ve seen those “The Lottery Ruined My Life” shows enough to know it’s not all champagne and caviar dreams. There’s a dark side and those who come out the other side often claim that winning was the worst thing that ever happened to them.
I’m not sure I agree, but I am certainly willing to see for myself. Anyone know where the jackpot stands right now?