reply to post by TranscendencyNow
Thank you for your reply
I'll keep my eye open for the movie you mentioned: 'The Island'
As regards lotteries, etc., a few years ago I employed a young girl who told us that her grandfather, who'd been a lifelong gambler, had -- at age 76
--- finally achieved his dream by winning 3/4 million dollars
He told no-one initially. It was his secret. The girl told us that when the winning numbers were announced on tv, he was -- as always -- there in
the dimly-lit living room with his elderly wife of many years. And as always, he made the usual 'bah ! ' sound in pretended disgust before
staggering off to bed. His wife thought no more of it, other than as usual, his numbers had been losers again
Some months later, however, the wife learned (don't know how) of her spouse's windfall. Apparently, he'd promised it all to a priest at the local
church, on the assurance that this good deed would ensure him a trouble-free pass to Heaven
The old man had been married twice, once in his native Italy and later, to an Italian woman living in Australia, where he'd moved as a migrant
He had two daughters from his first marriage and two from his second marriage. His daughters, in turn, each had several children of their own.
His home was delapidated and for years, his second-wife had worked as a cleaner to supplement her spouse's gambling addiction
All members of his two families had suffered want and limited opportunities because of his gambling and alcoholism. The lottery win could have
provided his elderly wife and himself a far more comfortable existence in addition to assisting their grandchildren with their education, etc.
The old man instead chose to gift almost all his winnings to the Church in order he be spared what he believed would otherwise be a rough passage
through the Afterlife, caused by what he believed were his many 'sins' lifelong
His grand-daughter said that the lottery win had divided the family even more than it had been before, to the point her mother was 'having a nervous
Church must have been laughing all the way to the bank. And I guess everyone who heard of the old man's win would have decided they'd buy a few
lottery tickets too, from now on