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Old 01-16-2015, 05:42 PM
 
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"I'm a Christian. I don't gamble," said Fay Blake, 62. "Spiritually, it bothers me."

The Florida Lottery paid Blake $3,750,000 her winnings minus taxes and sent out a news release Thursday about her good fortune, though she pleaded with the agency to neither photograph her nor identify her. The photo is optional, but identification is not, Florida Lottery spokeswoman Shelly Gerteisen said.

Lottery winners cannot remain anonymous because some people, notably lottery employees themselves, are not allowed to play.

Blake said she had hoped to avoid publicity about her winnings for fear of shaming her church.

"I love my church, and I love my church family," she said.

Blake said her pastor has preached against gambling, and she usually takes his sermons to heart. But "impulse" led her to the lottery terminal at Publix on Edgewater Drive, she said. There was no line when she approached the kiosk with $1 and chose Quick Pick, an option in which a computer selects the numbers to play.

Her ticket matched five of the white-ball numbers in the televised Jan. 9 drawing, which would have earned a jackpot of $221 million if Blake's entry also would have matched the so-called yellow "Mega Ball." She won a $5 million consolation prize instead of $1 million because she plopped down an extra dollar for the "Megaplier."

Blake said she was uncertain how she would explain her moment of weakness to her pastor.

She was so conflicted Thursday that she initially told a reporter she had redeemed the winning ticket for somebody else who offered her a share of the prize. But she later acknowledged buying the ticket after learning that such an arrangement would be unlawful. A lottery investigator, she said, also called her to make sure the ticket was hers.

"I should be happy, but it's causing me grief," she said. "My heart is going so crazy."

Blake, who is married with children, also said she did not have immediate plans for her windfall and hoped to keep working as a nursing assistant, calling it "my joy."

"I live a quiet life, and I try to do things for people," she said.

Conflicted lottery winner feels poorer in spirit - Orlando Sentinel

So, she considers gambling a sin but not lying???

Overcome with grief? Perhaps she should tithe her winnings to her church? I'm sure her pastor will be more than happy with that!
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Old 01-16-2015, 06:33 PM
 
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"I'm a Christian. I don't gamble," said Fay Blake, 62. "Spiritually, it bothers me."

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"I should be happy, but it's causing me grief," she said. "My heart is going so crazy."
Simple solution to that - give it away. Wouldn't anything less be hypocritical, now that she's made such a big display of how much it goes against her religious beliefs? This woman doesn't strike me as the sharpest knife on the tree.
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Old 01-16-2015, 07:20 PM
 
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I'm sorry she's so conflicted about her good fortune, and I would certainly volunteer to help her out with her dilemma. I have no such qualms about gambling proceeds.
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Old 01-16-2015, 08:36 PM
 
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"I'm a Christian. I don't gamble," said Fay Blake, 62. "Spiritually, it bothers me."

The Florida Lottery paid Blake $3,750,000 her winnings minus taxes and sent out a news release Thursday about her good fortune, though she pleaded with the agency to neither photograph her nor identify her. The photo is optional, but identification is not, Florida Lottery spokeswoman Shelly Gerteisen said.

Lottery winners cannot remain anonymous because some people, notably lottery employees themselves, are not allowed to play.

Blake said she had hoped to avoid publicity about her winnings for fear of shaming her church.

"I love my church, and I love my church family," she said.

Blake said her pastor has preached against gambling, and she usually takes his sermons to heart. But "impulse" led her to the lottery terminal at Publix on Edgewater Drive, she said. There was no line when she approached the kiosk with $1 and chose Quick Pick, an option in which a computer selects the numbers to play.

Her ticket matched five of the white-ball numbers in the televised Jan. 9 drawing, which would have earned a jackpot of $221 million if Blake's entry also would have matched the so-called yellow "Mega Ball." She won a $5 million consolation prize instead of $1 million because she plopped down an extra dollar for the "Megaplier."

Blake said she was uncertain how she would explain her moment of weakness to her pastor.

She was so conflicted Thursday that she initially told a reporter she had redeemed the winning ticket for somebody else who offered her a share of the prize. But she later acknowledged buying the ticket after learning that such an arrangement would be unlawful. A lottery investigator, she said, also called her to make sure the ticket was hers.

"I should be happy, but it's causing me grief," she said. "My heart is going so crazy."

Blake, who is married with children, also said she did not have immediate plans for her windfall and hoped to keep working as a nursing assistant, calling it "my joy."

"I live a quiet life, and I try to do things for people," she said.

Conflicted lottery winner feels poorer in spirit - Orlando Sentinel

So, she considers gambling a sin but not lying???

Overcome with grief? Perhaps she should tithe her winnings to her church? I'm sure her pastor will be more than happy with that!
You stole my reponse , feeling bad, give it all away. feel better simple
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Old 01-16-2015, 09:13 PM
 
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She purchased a lottery ticket on "impulse"?

She bought the winning ticket so perhaps
this was for a purpose?

No need for guilt. She can build a center
to help people. Money can be used for good
too.
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Old 01-16-2015, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Help the church and the unfortunate and be done with it. All will be forgiven.

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Old 01-16-2015, 11:10 PM
 
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Help the church and the misfortune and be done with it. All will be forgiven.
.... And her pastor will never preach about gambling as a "sin" ever again.
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Old 01-17-2015, 03:41 AM
 
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Give 10% to the church, give the rest to a children's hospital like St. Judes. Pastor can't damn her to hell from a new and better pulpit, now can he?
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Old 01-17-2015, 08:22 AM
 
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I was going to try to comment on this story, but decided to just go with this
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Old 01-17-2015, 08:24 AM
 
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Well, there is no scriptural prohibition against gambling per se. But a $375,000 tithe to her church might put her pastor in a forgiving mood.
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