Different Perspective on Winning $10,000.

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  1. 813wilson

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    For those of us in the States..... Did you see this?:?


    A trio of Connecticut money managers who split a $254 million Powerball jackpot say their new charitable trust is giving $1 million to five organizations that support veterans and military members who recently returned from deployments.
    The trust created by Greg Skidmore, Brandon Lacoff and Tim Davidson took in a $103.5 million lump sum after taxes. They say they hope the trust's donations will become an example for other lottery winners nationwide.

    Clarifying: the $1million is the total - not each to five organizations...

    So let me get this straight; Money Managers, guys who are probably in the higher income brackets already, are giving less than 1% of their winnings to charity and they want that to be an example?

    And to be clear - I have no issue with "the rich/1%ers" winning a huge lotto prize.

    I just find it amusing that taking in $103.5 million after taxes; the "example" they want set is so small.

    I think the charity is great. I'm just questioning the value.

    thoughts.....
     
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  2. r2473

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    These guys should be shot and then beaten.
     
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  3. jonnythan

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    Questioning the value? Of a million dollars?

    Fine. If you don't think it has value, I'll take it.
     
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  4. dlk

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    I don't know, I guess I'm pleased with any money they donate. I aint playa-hatin' if they want to hook up their families. So no I'm cool with them donating whatever they want.

    Pet peeve plug -- I can't stand tellemarketers. I'm on a no-call list, but they still find a way to call and beg for money.
     
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    ^^^^ perhaps "value" was the wrong term. But I don't think giving that small percentage is anything to brag about....

    Plenty of others who have one lotto have given more.

    That is my point.

    DLK - You're right. I'm not hatin' either. I just don't think it is an example to "shoot for"....

    Damn tele callers - always find a way around the block
     
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  6. LeeD

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    OCCUPY every rich person's home. Let him run his business.
     
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    Huh? Not sure I get your point.

    Stated previously - I think the charity is great. And the charities they've decided upon.

    I guess I don't think they should have "grand standed" about it given the sum they won v the amount given away.

    I certainly haven't taught my kid to give "less than 1% of her time/money" to a charity she deems valueable....
     
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  8. LameTennisPlayer

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    I think he means we should live at their homes(the rich) while they actually do some work lol...

    im wondering what any of this has to do with $10,000
     
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    ^^^ Another thread was "what would you do if you won $10,000.

    Saw/heard about this and thought there was a slight tie in - nothing else....
     
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    I'm from the town where the winners were from. They're making a real statement indeed: "we're already filthy rich, and we just won over 100 million bucks. To celebrate, each of us is giving away a little over 330 thousand dollars to charity"

    Class.
     
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  11. Bhagi Katbamna

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    That's nice of them. They don't have an obligation to give any.
     
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  12. bulldawg

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    I can't believe the arrogant attitudes being directed towards these guys. So they are rich, big deal. That fact in and of itself, does not make them "bad" people. Furthermore, they did not have to give any of the money to charity, or anyone else for that matter. That being said, what amount should they have given in order to earn the respect of others, and to be seen as compassionate human beings? Since there is not an objective answer to the question, I say give them a break.
     
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  13. Moose Malloy

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    sounds like they are just acting on the behalf of the real winner. who knows what his situation is, but it sounds like a generous gesture regardless.

    http://news.yahoo.com/connecticut-lottery-winners-deny-reports-hidden-client-163844740.html

    seems rather strange that 3 rich guys just decided to split the cost of $1 quick pick lotto ticket one day.
     
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  14. LeeD

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    When you win 200 mil, donating 1/200th is NOT a generous gesture. It's the least requirement.
    Winning the money is not earning the money. Pure luck, no work (except lots of losing tickets, but that's entertainment value).
    Winning 3 mil and donating a third might draw near the "generous" line.
    You had nothing. Now for free you gots more than you need. Donating is part of the equation.
     
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    Two things:

    Bulldawg - "That being said, what amount should they have given in order to earn the respect of others, and to be seen as compassionate human beings?"

    I want to be clear - I'm glad charities are benefiting from their winnings. However, and this is my only point: don't call attention to your "charity" claiming you hope it will set an example for others when the example being set is so small in terms of the percentages.

    If I win $100 in a church raffle/charity fundraiser/lottery, should I "set an example" by giving less than $1.00 of those winnings and, in some way, brag about it?

    Lee - I feel like you were calling me out previously....when you commented about OCCUPY... Are we now agreeing that this is less than "great" in terms of their giving?
     
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    "...the least requirement....part of the equation." - according to whom?? They are not under ANY obligation to donate the money to anyone or anything. Furthermore, because they didn't give enough (which is a completely subjective measurement), they should be ridiculed? You win...I'll subscribe to your views of fair play...send me 1/3 of your assets (your standard of measure), and I'll consider thinking of you as generous.
     
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  17. Big_Dangerous

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    That's pretty pathetic on their part. I just feel like when you've already achieved wealth beyond a reasonable amount and then to top it all off, you win a 250 million dollar powerball lottery... You should give back and help people... How ****ing selfish are these miserable pieces of ****? And all during the holiday season? Wow, just wow.

    And they must not be very smart "money" managers because everyone knows you get more money over time if you opt for installments. The tax rate on one lump sum is beyond ridiculous. They ended up keeping only 40% of the total....
     
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  18. angharad

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    There's a very good chance that they're acting on behalf of another party and are just the "front men" for whoever actually bought the ticket. I'm also guessing that, as money managers, they have a better idea of how to reinvest that money to keep it working for them, instead of accepting installments.


    And as someone who works for a non-profit organization, I'll point something out: Very few "normal" people (not celebrities) want to be recognized for donating huge sums of money. You donate a large amount to any given non-profit and you can end up being hassled by every other non-profit in a 100-mile radius. Nearly every large donor my organization has requests to have their name kept private in our annual report so other organizations don't have access to it. I'd be willing to bet that these guys are, in reality, donating quite a bit more or planning to donate regularly over time. They just want to avoid the hassle.
     
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  19. bulldawg

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    You don't necessarily get more money with the annuity payments...basic time value of money concepts. The installments carried a 29 year term...by taking the lump-sum and investing over the same time horizon, they would only need to generate annual returns of 3.12% to equal the original $254 million. Plus, they could invest in muni bonds and avoid taxes on the interest payments they would receive. Another basic assumption is that taxes will increase over time, therefore they could mitigate their tax liability by taking the lump-sum and investing in tax efficient instruments.
     
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  20. Andreas1965

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    Is there any law that forces you to donate anything in case you won in a lottery?

    If I were lucky enough to win 200 billion $ I would "donate" all the money to car dealers, tennis shops, travel agencies, hotels, real estate companies, restaurants, bars and maybe some women. It might happen to some pretty hookers as well ;)
    Guess I would call Vegas my hometown from then on.
    Being 46 now I should blow away about 10 billion/year to be almost broke when I close my eyes the last time.

    And I'd give about 5 billion to each of my tennis partners, so they can quit their jobs and play tennis with me any time.
     
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  21. Andres

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    Unless you're buying ISLANDS after ISLANDS, how can you blow 10 billion a year?

    I'm guessing you meant MILLION, not billion. That'd make more sense.

    By the way, how much does an island cost?
     
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  22. Big_Dangerous

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    I wasn't talking about investing the money.

    The fact is, if you take the lump sum and don't do anything with it to make it accrue, then you get more money with the installments.

    Of course, if you invest wisely you'll end up making just as much over time, but that wasn't what I meant.
     
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    I don't know what these guys plans for the future are, but I would think that what they are doing is reasonable...so far.

    I wouldn't want to donate say 30 million of 103 million right away. Take your time, find other worthy causes and donate a million or two each year. I wouldn't find a need to make a big statement immediately.
     
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