They say lightning never strikes twice. Tell that to the Arizona couple who are celebrating their second lottery win this week. Diane and Kerry Carmichael will bring home a cool $1 million as second prize winners in this week's Powerball.
Considering they already won $2.5 million in December 1995, they should be done now, right? Yeah, not so much ...
Diane says they will keep on playing the lottery:
Good things come in threes. Two down, one to go.
Hey, I get it, $3.5 million is not what it used to be. It's not a guarantee that you can live the good life. The Carmichaels said they're going to talk to their financial planner and resist the urge to "splurge" after their big win.
But that's not going to keep them from spending money on more tickets.
Come on, y'all! Whatever happened to bowing out gracefully? Because once you've won the lottery twice, going for number three sounds a little ... greedy?
Go ahead, call it sour grapes because I've never won the lottery. It's true. I haven't. Then again, I've never actually played the lottery. It's just not my thing.
So let's move on to the next theory, shall we? I'm a big fan of playing fair. And trying for a third lottery win when you've already won big twice just doesn't sound fair to me.
It's kind of like the high school coach leaving in his best players when his team is already up by 100. You don't have to guarantee other people a win, but for crying out loud, you can at least give them a sporting chance!
Maybe if the Carmichaels were talking about sharing some of their not-so-hard-won cash with local charities, they'd sound a little less greedy? Or maybe I am just jealous.
Who knows! The good thing of course, is the lottery is a game of chance. There's no more guarantee that the Carmichaels will win again than there is that anyone will strike it rich.
Let's hope next time the big check goes to someone who really needs it ...
Do you think lottery winners should be allowed to play again? When should they be cut off?
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