She Won $188 Million Lottery. But Why Did Her Pastor Sue Her?
The Risk vs Reward
NY Daily News
One day Marie thought about using a few dollars to buy a lottery ticket. Maybe her luck would be written in the stars. But the chances of winning enough money to even pay for the ticket were pretty low. When you’re living week-to-week the risk was too high to play. Marie attends church. She provides for her children. It’s just a few dollars. She never thought her life would change when she bought those five quick picks.
The Winning Numbers
NY Daily News
That night was like any other night, except for one thing. Marie would become an extremely wealthy woman. The quick picks she played won her the $188 million jackpot. Only a handful of people know how Marie felt that night. Marie had two choices. Take installments leading to the most cash over 30 years or receive less money in one lump sum. Lottery experts believe taking it in one lump sum is better so you can invest in your own plans. What would Marie choose?
Remain Anonymous and Stay Humble
Marie chose to get her money in one lump sum. She would just have to learn to get by with the $127 million she would be getting. Lottery experts also recommend remaining humble while attempting to keep anonymous, which is almost impossible these days. Knowing the power of money, Marie swore she wouldn’t let it change her. Her uncle had said that she was "very grounded and she will know what to do with all that money," but that’s not how it went.
Thou Shalt Donate Money
Some of the money was put aside for college for Marie’s children. Marie had also wanted to donate a large sum to her local church. The pastor, Kevin Matthews, wasn’t just a pastor, he was her friend. He had been there for her through some pretty rough times, so she wanted to give back. Marie offered 10% of her lottery winnings to the church, or $1.2 million. She ended up deciding on an even $1 million, the biggest donation ever to any church. You would think that would be enough!
Sign It Over
Pastor Kevin Matthews, of the Pleasant Hill Missionary, should have been ecstatic about the tithe of $1 million. Marie had already donated $700,000 when she was sued by the pastor for $10 million. What could possibly be his reasoning? He said he was promised more money than he got. In their agreement, Marie had promised 10% of her earnings. It turned out to be $10 million! Marie couldn’t believe that a trusted friend, who happens to be a servant of the church, would do that to her. But could he even win?
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