You couldn’t help but feel bad reading that and thinking to yourself, geez, he really has had a streak of bad luck. But as you read this lengthy story and interview, this quote stood out: ”I don’t have any friends. Every friend that I’ve had, practically, has wanted to borrow money or something and of course, once they borrow money from you, you can’t be friends anymore.”
Why that stood out for me is that in that one sentence it seemed to reveal that the money had become the most important thing in his life. Despite the number of charities he’s donated to, despite the two churches he helped build – his financial wealth became something of greater value, even though he had an abundance of it even prior to winning the lotto (oh – I forgot to mention that before he won the $315 million Powerball, he was already worth over 15 million dollars)
It’s about not being obsessed by them.
The Barenaked Ladies in 1991 (Gosh I’m old) had that catchy song “If I had a million dollars” which goes through a whole list of things that they would do if they had a million dollars. [My favorite line: “If I had a million dollars – I’d buy you a fur coat… (but not a real fur coat, that’s cruel) – love that they’re politically correct as they go through their lists] At the end of the song they simply conclude “If I had a million dollars – I’d be rich“.