(Source) When Gloria C. Mackenzie claimed her $590.5 million Powerball jackpot, she released a statement revealing that another woman “was kind enough” to allow her to cut in line when she purchased the winning ticket. That woman, Mindy Crandell, 34, is not upset that her charitable gesture likely cost her an enormous fortune and says “things are meant to be for a reason.” Crandell, of Zephyrhills, Fla., was in line to purchase lottery tickets in Publix on May 18 while tending to one of her two daughters when Mackenzie, 84, stepped in front of her. “My 10-year-old said, ‘Mom, There’s a lady in front of us.’ I noticed that the lady was there. Didn’t pay a lot of mind to it,” Crandall said.
“The joke was, that’s the lady that’s going to win it. I was like, ‘Yeah right. No one is going to win from little Zephyrhills,'” Crandell said. Later that night, Mackenzie matched all five numbers including the Powerball while Crandell was at home still being teased by family members that the lady in the line was probably the winner. It was a joke that she would endure for the next two weeks. When Mackenzie claimed the money on Wednesday, Crandell’s 10-year-old daughter, Mallory, immediately recognized her from Publix. “My daughter was like, ‘Mom, look at the lady,'” Crandell said. “Same day, same store. What’s the chances of that happening?”Mackenzie has not disclosed her plans for the money. In a statement to ABC News, William P. Brant, Mackenzie’s attorney, denied requests for an interview and said the family wants to “maintain their privacy.” Mackenzie has opted for the lump sum cash payout of $370.8 million, before taxes, instead of 30 annual payments of $19 million, a lottery official said. Crandell holds no ill-will toward Mackenzie and hopes the money “truly blesses her family.” The one thing Crandell did gain from the incident was a lesson she hopes her daughters learned. “It could have been us, but things happen. Sometimes it’s better to be patient than right. I knew we were teaching our daughter the right thing,” Crandell said.
(Source)Speaking with Tamba Bay’s WTSP, Crandell said the most important thing is that her daughter Mallory learned a valuable lesson that day. Which is? “That being polite is better than being rich,” Mallory said.
What the fuck? Things are meant for a reason? Jesus Christ lady. You just lost out on 590 million dollars. We’re not talking about a 50/50 raffle at the bake sale or getting into a little fender bender. These things don’t “happen for a reason”. You had the world in the palm of your hands and you let a little old lady cut you in line. There is just no way I would be able to sit on the news a day later and say something like this. I would either A) Go on a GTA rampage like you’ve never seen and then just kill myself or B) Publicly shame this old lady until she gives me half of her money. Basically anything but “things happen for a reason”.
Oh And saying being polite is better than being rich is absolutely the dumbest thing I have ever heard. No it isn’t. Being rich is better than EVERYTHING. It is literally the coolest, best thing anyone could ever do. And guess what? When you’re rich, when you have over 500 million dollars, you can be as polite as you want. They’re not mutually exclusive. So stop talking for a second and figure out a gameplan because what you’re doing right now is making me hate you.