WINNING THE LOTTERY: TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN - A New Jersey man who won the $338 million Powerball Jackpot has left town, just one day after receiving his lump sum payment of $221 million. He did what any rational, thinking person should do after coming into such a large amount of money. It’s exactly what I would do.
Imagine if you won the lottery how many relatives and old friends who you haven’t seen or talked to in years would come popping out of the woodwork. There is no doubt you would get to meet family you never knew you had. Add in the media and your neighbors, and there is no way you could go about your daily activities.
Pedro Quezada Passaic is a 45 year old emigrant from the Dominican Republic who when swamped by news media opened his life despite needing a translator. Having come to America 26 years ago, he is married with five children and one grandchild. For the past six years, he has run the small bodega he owns, often working 18 hours a day to provide for his family.
What touched me about his story was his gentle demeanor. During one interview, questions flew wondering what he was going to buy first. He said he didn’t know and when pressed for an answer he responded with “a new car.” To the question “what do you drive now?” he replied with a smile, “my feet.” Humility is rarely seen these days.
I read an article lately on the things lottery winners choose to buy and a car did not make the top items bought.
Many winners don’t even mention helping others, probably since they are overwhelmed and their eyes are filled with all the things they have ever dreamed of, and yet Passaic only talked about helping his family and others in need saying, “my family is a very humble family, and we are going to help each other out; also vowing to help his community.”
One glitch in this fairy tale come true story came out today. It seems that this family man owes $29,000 in back child support. Ouch! While, normally any outstanding judgments would have been deducted before he received his payment, his somehow slipped through. One good thing is that now, he obviously has the funds to take make it right.