Single mom wins lottery with found money

Filed under: Just For Moms

Sometimes when I can't fall asleep at night, I fantasize that I've won the lottery. In this fantasy, I pay off all my debts, including my home. I also pay off my mother's debts and send my sister's four children to college. By the time I am decorating my new home on a beach in the Bahamas, I am quite relaxed and ready to drift off to sleep. The fact that I rarely play the lottery has little bearing on this fantasy. That's why it is called a fantasy.

There is a single mother in Ohio who will now be living my fantasy, at least in part. Kristina Schneider probably felt that yesterday was her lucky day when she found $10 on the floor of the gas station where she worked. When none of her customers claimed the money, the 32-year-old single mother kept it. Later, when she tried to convince a regular customer to purchase the last Magnificent Millions scratch-off ticket on the roll, the customer refused. So, she bought it herself and lo and behold, it was the $1 million winning ticket!

She then did what I probably would have done: she threw up. Schneider has opted to take the money in yearly payments of $34,000 after taxes, reasoning that taking the lump sum would leave her broke again in five years. That money won't buy her a beach house in the Bahamas, but it will allow her her to return to school and ensure her own daughter's education. I am happy for her. And maybe a little jealous.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.