Thursday, February 16, 2017

Idiot Wins the Lottery. Blows it All in a Few Years (Probably)

Jane Park (pictured) isn't really famous but she did win the Eurolottery or Euromillions or whatever it's called over there and now she's suing the lottery people because she said the money made her unhappy
Before Park won the lottery in 2013, she worked as an administrative assistant for $10 an hour and lived in a modest apartment with her mother in Edinburgh, she said. Now, she owns a flashy purple Range Rover, two residential properties and has traveled the globe with the lottery cash, she said.
 “It’s scary how ­different my life is from my friends’. When they say they’re stressed about money they mean their wages are sh-t,” she said.“There’s no one in the same boat as me, no-one who really understands. I feel like I’m a 40-year-old.”
 It's scary how different her life is from her friends? If she doesn't have a Kim Kardashian poster somewhere in her house I'll eat my hat. And "She feels like a 40 year old because she won the lottery"? That makes zero sense, what does that even mean? Let's take a quick assessment of everything that's going on here. She won $1.25 million dollars. A lot of money to be sure. But she won it when she was 17 years old, so it's unlikely even that amount of money would last her for the rest of her next 60-80 years unless she was relatively frugal. And you can probably guess by the picture, she probably isn't exactly a financial genius. They say you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but let's face it, you see the eyebrows, the heavily filtered Instagram cleavage picture, the duck lips, and the tattoo on her inner wrist and you know immediately who this woman is.

The article goes on to say she bought a "flashy purple Range Rover". Is the picture becoming a little more clear? Does it have orange wheels? Okay but wait let's stop there. Let's assume for the sake of argument she bought this Land Rover/Range Rover. It's $86,000. After tax, title, and license and God only know what other taxes they foist on your new car in Europe, it's a safe bet that thing cost her close to $100,000. Nearly 10% of her winnings. I say that because she won $1.25 million. I don't know how much she received after taxes, but here in America you would probably take home somewhere around $800,000. Certainly enough for ME to retire on but then, I'm not 18 years old.

The article goes on to describe her upscale shopping, night clubbing (oh of course, remember the Instagram picture and purple range rover?) and trips around the world. All on $1 million dollars. If you ask me she's suing not because the lottery ruined her life, but most likely because it will all soon be gone.

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