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Lottery Blues
January 21, 2004 — 4:30 pm

This story just cracks me up:

Rebecca Jemison, who emerged as the true winner of last month’s $162 million lottery drawing, is suddenly even richer. This Cleveland suburb is suddenly much poorer.

South Euclid city officials were stunned to learn that they can’t collect $1.4 million in income taxes from the winning Mega Millions (search) ticket since the city charter wasn’t updated to include lottery winnings as taxable income.

“It’s not a good day for the city,” Mayor Georgine Welo said Monday. “We were all excited until we went to go for the money and learned that we are not entitled to it. We are very saddened by the news.”

Isn’t it funny how it’s absolutely inconceivable to the mayor that the government is not entitled to this lady’s money? Once can almost see the Mayor’s crestfallen face the minute he found out about this. But, really, that’s about the same feeling I get after seeing my pay stub every two weeks; and I work for a living.

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