Money can’t buy happiness … right?

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Down in Tampa, prosecutors today gave their opening arguments in the trial of DeeDee Moore, accused of murdering Abraham Shakespeare. Her alleged motive?

Shakespeare, a barely literate man with a long record of petty crime, “got lucky” and won $17 million in the Florida lottery. According to police, Moore then finagled her way into Shakespeare’s life, got him to sign away what was left of his winnings, killed him and then buried him in her backyard beneath a concrete slab.

So … have you bought your Powerball tickets yet? I’m told the jackpot is now up to $550 million.

Somebody, somewhere, is likely to have a life-altering experience tonight at 10:59 EST. A lot of their troubles — problems at work, a boss they hate, worries about paying the bills — will disappear, only to be replaced by a whole ‘nother set of problems that in most cases they are much less equipped to handle.

Friendships will be broken. Families may be rent asunder. Simple lives will become much, much more complex. As Sandra Hayes, whose share of a 2006 Powerball winner came to a measly $6 million, told Fox:

“I had to adapt to this new life. I had to endure the greed and the need that people have, trying to get you to release your money to them. That caused a lot of emotional pain. These are people who you’ve loved deep down, and they’re turning into vampires trying to suck the life out of me.”

So … bought your tickets yet? Time’s running short.

– Jay Bookman

469 comments Add your comment

Keep Up the Good Fight!

November 28th, 2012
5:24 pm

Oh sure…. I want to be a job creator when I when but I am not going to create jobs if they raise my taxes.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

November 28th, 2012
5:25 pm

So … bought your tickets yet?

Yep, but just one and only $2 worth.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

November 28th, 2012
5:26 pm

Keep Up the Good Fight!

November 28th, 2012
5:27 pm

Well for $2 I was going to commit voter fraud, but the odds of winning this lottery were better.

Doggone/GA

November 28th, 2012
5:28 pm

“So … bought your tickets yet? ”

Nope, but I might buy one AFTER this humongous payout is won by someone

josef

November 28th, 2012
5:30 pm

It’s true money can’t buy happiness, but it can for damn sure rent it…

barking frog

November 28th, 2012
5:31 pm

But it can get so close….

Dum-Bass

November 28th, 2012
5:33 pm

Nope, money can’t buy happiness, just like writing for a major newspaper does not make one automatically very intelligent. Now, let’s see, who would that apply to……………………..?

barking frog

November 28th, 2012
5:33 pm

A National Lottery to pay off the debt might work…

Keep Up the Good Fight!

November 28th, 2012
5:33 pm

Well if I win, I am sure I can steal away Kam’s many girlfriends. :D

Liberal Nightmare

November 28th, 2012
5:33 pm

Would sure buy a lot of happy endings though……

josef

November 28th, 2012
5:35 pm

Dum Bass

Aw, lighten up! I doubt the Imam holds you in any higher esteem than you do him…and what makes you so smart, anyway…

And IMAM

You better remember that when you win the lottery…

indigo

November 28th, 2012
5:36 pm

I’ve been hearing for years now that money can’t buy happiness. I’ve also heard that while money isn’t everything, it sure beats whatever is in second place.

In order to arrive at a correct answer, it will be necessary for me to win tonight’s lottery and be filthy rich for at least ten years. Then, I may be able to answer this age old question.

I just know the lottery gods, in the interest of science, will give me the winning numbers.

Of course, I also believe Republicans will renounce their Big Business gods and actually care for the people.

Anybody got any good oil well stocks I can buy?

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

November 28th, 2012
5:36 pm

Keep

:lol: :lol: :lol:

It’s time for a new crop anyway.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

November 28th, 2012
5:37 pm

It would be just my luck to win, and then the Mayans would be right.

liberal hack

November 28th, 2012
5:38 pm

Shut w/ that amount of money, I wouldn’t care what the tax rate was, unless it went over 50%….

If I won it, I wouldn’t tell a soul…..anonymous charity would be what I would do.

If money doesn’t buy happiness, why then do people either want it so bad or horde it if they got it…

josef

November 28th, 2012
5:39 pm

K’Chak

@ 5:37

:-)

Jay

November 28th, 2012
5:39 pm

BJ Upton just won his own personal lottery — signed a five-year, $75 million contract to play centerfield for the Braves.

josef

November 28th, 2012
5:41 pm

HACK

“…anonymous charity would be what I would do.”

Yeah, me, too. REALLY anonymous…that’s my story and I’m sticking to it… :-)

Doggone/GA

November 28th, 2012
5:41 pm

“Shut w/ that amount of money, I wouldn’t care what the tax rate was, unless it went over 50%….”

Well, according to the report I heard this morning…if you win, and you take the lump sum payout, you’ll get 360 million BEFORE taxes. So add what you would pay in taxes, to the money you WON’T get and it probably comes pretty close to that 50%

Lord Help Us

November 28th, 2012
5:42 pm

But, what if you win the lottery and then have to pay 39% instead of 35% on the winnings…

Just wouldn’t be worth it…

liberal hack

November 28th, 2012
5:42 pm

Wow, Jay reports on sports too? Impressive…

Who’s winning the UGA VS BAMA game….

I’m pulling for UGA!

Logical Dude

November 28th, 2012
5:43 pm

I’d buy a Tesla.

Mr. Snarky

November 28th, 2012
5:44 pm

Just think of all the upper middleclass kids who will get their Hope Scholarship beemers from schlubs playing the lottery! 550 mil is a lot of dough, though.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

November 28th, 2012
5:45 pm

Wow, Jay reports on sports too? Impressive…

From the top left corner of this page, right next to Jay’s picture: About Jay Bookman

An Atlanta blog with a little bit of opinion about a whole lot of things

Do you guys ever pay attention to details?

Geez….

getalife

November 28th, 2012
5:45 pm

I bought some.

You can’t win if you don’t play.

Go Dawgs!

Mr. Snarky

November 28th, 2012
5:45 pm

Just think of all the workers I could hire and then fire when my presidential candidate lost…ahhh good times.

Doggone/GA

November 28th, 2012
5:46 pm

“550 mil is a lot of dough, though.”

The winner won’t get anywhere near that amount

Peadawg

November 28th, 2012
5:46 pm

I bought my one for $2. I’m hoping for “just” the 10k or the 1 million. I don’t want to win the 550 million jackpot.

josef

November 28th, 2012
5:47 pm

I’d get me a Lexus, go to Whole Foods, load up on prom burkas….

LaKeisha Jackson

November 28th, 2012
5:48 pm

It’s certainly true that money can’t buy happiness. But the lack of a certain minimum amount of money is enough to cause you to be unhappy. And a lot of money can “buy” you freedom from worry and it can also buy you both the time and freedom to do the things that DO make you happy.

Mr. Snarky

November 28th, 2012
5:48 pm

Jay, so are you filling in for DOB? It’d be nice to be paid to go to spring training.

Mr. Snarky

November 28th, 2012
5:50 pm

“The winner won’t get anywhere near that amount”
Sounds good though. I’d hire Mitt’s money men to hide it away.

liberal hack

November 28th, 2012
5:50 pm

Doggone, I’ve been told you don’t get the cash option on powerball….i’ve also heard the cut in taxes from the lottery in Georgia is 25% federal and 15% state so 40% total is gone….

Josef, that comment was too funny….but seriously to help out family and others you would have to be anonymous; there is a Bible proverb about the wealthy having many “friends.”

Aquagirl

November 28th, 2012
5:50 pm

I don’t want to win the 550 million jackpot.

If you’re that misfortunate I would be more than happy to take it off your hands.

Somebody’s gotta take the pain.

Peadawg

November 28th, 2012
5:51 pm

You can have the headaches, Aquagirl.

I’ll take the 100, 10k, or 1 million and be fine.

Doggone/GA

November 28th, 2012
5:52 pm

“I’ve been told you don’t get the cash option on powerball”

and the report *I* heard was specifically ABOUT Powerball and they said there were 2 options: a 30 year annual payment OR a lump sum amount.

Willydoit?

November 28th, 2012
5:52 pm

“I had to endure the greed and the need that people have, trying to get you to release your money to them.”

Welcome to the world of the 1%ers!

Of course, she could have just given it all to a politician and let him dole her winnings out to people that “really” need it.

liberal hack

November 28th, 2012
5:53 pm

Kamchak, don’t ya know conservatives don’t read or pay attention to details…;) at least I don’t anyway….

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

November 28th, 2012
5:53 pm

…I’ve been told you don’t get the cash option on powerball….

You were misinformed.

You don’t have to specify at the time of purchase, because it comes with the cash option.

barking frog

November 28th, 2012
5:53 pm

Aquagirl
If you’re that misfortunate I would be more than happy to take it off your hands.
…………………………………………………………….
You’re so generous. That’s why i’m a groupie!

josef

November 28th, 2012
5:53 pm

HACK

Truth be told, I’d probably give a whole lot of it away, too…I wouldn’t want the problems that would come with it…

They BOTH suck

November 28th, 2012
5:54 pm

“I don’t want to win the 550 million jackpot.”

Well if you do win it, send Jay an email stating that I said it was ok for him to give you my email address. I will come get the ticket. Once it is cashed in, I will give you 1M; no taxes deducted.

:-)

liberal hack

November 28th, 2012
5:55 pm

Oh okay. Doggone..anyhow gotta go for now…gotta a fun my 4 children to dinner and church. Have fun…..

Peter

November 28th, 2012
5:56 pm

Money is a tool like a hammer or a computer…. what ever it takes….. but wow big sums really give one the opportunity to relax, help others and it takes away a burden if one is able to handle success in a humble way.

Willydoit?

November 28th, 2012
5:56 pm

$550 million! Even after taxes….

I would make a quite a few people VERY happy!

barking frog

November 28th, 2012
6:00 pm

Maybe just Obama on the brain but that guy in the picture looks
like the President.

Jerry Eads

November 28th, 2012
6:02 pm

Actually, was tempted – but not enough to get away from my paper grading and honey-do’s to go drop 20 bux on 10 of ‘em. Cursed by the doc with an unhealthy dose of probability statistics, I know only too well the actual chance of winning is awfully close to zero. BUT: not zero.

You guys and gals are providing bux to education here in Georgia. One of the VERY few states that promised to do so and actually kept its promise (so far). May be the only good thing I can say about the state with maybe the shysteriest politics in the nation. Hasn’t mattered whether Ass or Elephant.

Whoever wins: be reminded of the folks who got a free house on a TV show. Borrowed against the house, went bankrupt (short version). Do your best to find some wise help. MAYBE you’ll end up with a happy life. Sure hope so. Give away lots of it to good causes.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

November 28th, 2012
6:03 pm

Aquagirl

November 28th, 2012
6:07 pm

You’re so generous. That’s why i’m a groupie!

I haven’t even won and the sucking-up has started…..:)

Dunwoody Granny

November 28th, 2012
6:09 pm

What I’ve read is that winning the lottery doesn’t make people happy. People who are already pretty much content with their lives become wealthy people who are pretty much content with their lives. They deal with their new problems successfully, much the way they dealt with their old ones. People who are unhappy with their lives before winning the lottery become wealthy people who are unhappy with their lives, and most eventually become formerly-wealthy people who are unhappy with their lives. It’s all about what you bring to the table.

I’m a stable, happy person and ready to win!

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

November 28th, 2012
6:09 pm

Aquagirl

Didja hear about the new wimmen’s professional soccer league beginning in 2013?

josef

November 28th, 2012
6:11 pm

DUNWOODY GRANNY

That’s a test of character I’m willing to take.. :-)

Banderson

November 28th, 2012
6:11 pm

If I win, I’m becoming a Republican.

barking frog

November 28th, 2012
6:12 pm

Aquagirl
But no one else has offered to accept the winnings of
another to relieve their pain. You have the heart of a lawyer!!!

TaxPayer

November 28th, 2012
6:13 pm

How many rural Georgia counties will a half billion dollars buy?

Lord Help Us

November 28th, 2012
6:13 pm

At 11EST tonight…how many people are gonna feel like Karl Rove on election night?

barking frog

November 28th, 2012
6:14 pm

Taxpayer
All of them.

Skip

November 28th, 2012
6:15 pm

I’m at least $1.00 ahead of everyone here who got a ticket, or are they $2.00 ?

They BOTH suck

November 28th, 2012
6:18 pm

Lord Help Us

Millions will be saying that calling the numbers is too early and it can’t be done as they melt down.

:-)

Aquagirl

November 28th, 2012
6:19 pm

Didja hear about the new wimmen’s professional soccer league beginning in 2013?

WAT?

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

November 28th, 2012
6:21 pm

Aquagirl

The good news is they are restarting a new professional league.

The bad news is that Atlanta is not included in the starting eight teams.

JamVet

November 28th, 2012
6:22 pm

If they weren’t already, all that money still wouldn’t make anyone a…. (it takes something else)

Some men’s world is only hate and money
Afraid of everything and they laugh at nothing
And they only live to criticize

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HavIYhoAiUE

BRW

November 28th, 2012
6:23 pm

“You have the heart of a lawyer!!!”
DANG! That’s gonna leave a mark……

clem

November 28th, 2012
6:25 pm

let’s all chip in and my nero a ticket

Nero

November 28th, 2012
6:25 pm

How many urban leeches will half a billion buy?

Doggone/GA

November 28th, 2012
6:26 pm

“I’m a stable, happy person and ready to win!”

The lottery players prayer: “Please God, let me prove that winning the lottery won’t spoil me”

Nero

November 28th, 2012
6:27 pm

Thanks clem! Still not going away chief. How’re the other leeches doing?

Nero

November 28th, 2012
6:28 pm

Enter your comments here

Wait a minute

November 28th, 2012
6:28 pm

Sucking the life out of an ‘ordinary’ person. Like liberals, ha ha.
Maybe she just needs better friends rather than some sort of posse

josef

November 28th, 2012
6:30 pm

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

November 28th, 2012
6:30 pm

Enter your comments anywhere else but here

They BOTH suck

November 28th, 2012
6:31 pm

Doggone @ 6:26

That was too funny. I’m sure that for a few folks, you are not that far off.

jconservative

November 28th, 2012
6:33 pm

“Money can’t buy happiness … right?”

Probably correct. I have never had “money” but have been pretty happy for 70 years.

Then again, …………………………………….

Nero

November 28th, 2012
6:33 pm

If I win I’m thinking of getting a desk next to Jay at the Urinal & Constipation. It’ll be a blast. :)

Doggone/GA

November 28th, 2012
6:34 pm

“That was too funny”

Yeah, it tickled my funny bone too when I first heard it. And it truly does have a ring of truth in it!

They BOTH suck

November 28th, 2012
6:34 pm

Aquagirl

November 28th, 2012
6:35 pm

“You have the heart of a lawyer!!!”
DANG! That’s gonna leave a mark……

I took it as a complement. Heh.

Kam, I bet my lottery winnings could get an Atlanta franchise. If this new league is a non-profit like the NFL I could even get a tax write off.

alex

November 28th, 2012
6:35 pm

This has been studied, but recently data does suggest that $ does buy happiness, yew a point, if I remember accurately,once the basic needs of the individual are taken care of-there is NO relationship between $ and happiness. basic, nothing special, no porch for Kam

a .246 hitter with 15 million a year, he’s a pretty good guy,unlike his brother. I hope that buys us Braves fans happiness…i

Elections Have Consequences

November 28th, 2012
6:36 pm

“Friendships will be broken. Families may be rent asunder. Simple lives will become much, much more complex”

I’m sure most of us would be willing to take that chance.

RF

November 28th, 2012
6:38 pm

“How many urban leeches will half a billion buy?”

I don’t know, but any respectable republican now knows 300 million won’t buy an election!

nevadasmith

November 28th, 2012
6:39 pm

Karl Marx had said: Religion is the Opiate of the Masses,I would suggest that the Lottery has become
the new Drug of the Masses.

RF

November 28th, 2012
6:40 pm

alex: I have an article I use with my kids at school that says up to about 75k it does buy happiness, but after that it’s just fluff that ends up costing more than it’s worth. It’s like the kid who gets all the toys but really just wants to play with the box.

Nero

November 28th, 2012
6:42 pm

With Frank Wren and Liberty Media at the helm, no amount of money is gonna help The Bravos. Just another Dan Uggla disappointment in the wings. :(

Tundra Dude

November 28th, 2012
6:43 pm

“550 mil is a lot of dough, though.”

The winner won’t get anywhere near that amount

The Winner (ME) will take the cash payment, which should be around $350 mill.
After fed/state taxes, I’ll have around $290 mill.
ps: Happiness is sooo over-rated, not even on my shopping list.

Nero

November 28th, 2012
6:43 pm

RF,

Yup. It takes EBT cards and Obama phones. Get with the 21st century chief!

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

November 28th, 2012
6:45 pm

no porch for Kam

Yep, I got a porch.

Also got a 30′ x 33′ deck with an arbor and a swing, sport.

TaxPayer

November 28th, 2012
6:47 pm

What is ole Andy doing these days? I heard he even got kicked off of Kyle’s blog. that’s so sad.

Dum-Bass

November 28th, 2012
6:49 pm

Now the Braves will have an “UGGLA and a “STRUGGLA” !!!!!!!!!!! “OOPSY TWINS” !!!!!!!

Tundra Dude

November 28th, 2012
6:50 pm

correction:
The cash option should be around $240 mill after taxes,

Nero

November 28th, 2012
6:51 pm

Dum-Bass,

I hope you’re wrong, but fear you’ve nailed it.

josef

November 28th, 2012
6:51 pm

They BOTH suck

November 28th, 2012
6:53 pm

Finn de Siècle (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

November 28th, 2012
6:54 pm

a person is more likely to birth identical quadruplets, become president of the United States, drown in a bathtub or find a four-leaf clover than score a winning ticket.

They BOTH suck

November 28th, 2012
6:56 pm

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

November 28th, 2012
6:57 pm

BJ Upton just won his own personal lottery — signed a five-year, $75 million contract to play centerfield for the Braves.

Well, we needed another strike-out artist. Too bad he’s not a pitcher that strikes batters out. He’s just the guy that strikes out most of the time. Him and this Dan Ugly could set a major league record for most strike-outs in a single season if they both can stay healthy.

I use to dream about winning a big lottery. First thing I’d do is buy a pair of double-wides and stack them on top of each other. Then I’d buy a big ass good size pickup. But I wouldn’t forget the little people. No sir, I’d give a buck or two to Goodwill or maybe the Salvation Army.

And it would be real nice to walk into the boss’s office down at the warehouse the next morning and tell him he was fired ’cause I was buying up the distributing company that hires him.

But I reckon I’d better be sure and get a good night’s sleep so I can get up and go to work tomorrow. Dreams ain’t real. Have a good night everybody.

Tundra Dude

November 28th, 2012
6:57 pm

a person is more likely to birth identical quadruplets, become president of the United States, drown in a bathtub or find a four-leaf clover than score a winning ticket.

message from all the previous winners:
So What!

alex

November 28th, 2012
7:00 pm

@RF sounds about right, a number foyers ago I bought a book in Rumford, maine.It addressed this issue, can’t find the book..What’s your reference?

AND a swing, wow, geez, special,IMPRESSIVE..an extra 990 square feet of space,”fly me to the moon…”

RF

November 28th, 2012
7:00 pm

“Yup. It takes EBT cards and Obama phones. Get with the 21st century chief!”

And at least those EBT cards would be used for consumable goods in the US economy, thus helping continue the supply/demand cycle. Unlike that 300 million that bought a lot of hot air and promises from Pat that God assured him the election was won. Now THAT’S a bad investment.

luckylu

November 28th, 2012
7:00 pm

I can’t wait to go to Disney World!