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Son of a Son of a Gambler: Winners, Losers and What to Do When You Win the Lottery Paperback – January 14, 2008

3.8 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: RRP International LLC (January 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097936440X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979364402
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,055,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since I bought this book because of five star recommendations I feel obligated to warn others who may not enjoy this book for the same reasons I didn't.

The writer takes a shotgun approach and barely skims the surface on any of the dozens of subjects he gets into, to such a degree that it is really quite amazing. I could go into alot more detail and give examples, but instead take the lack of that as a preview. I really liked the writer's tone, but I think this book is more a collection of newspaper columns, all chapters are short and about the same length. I was hoping for some focus and depth.

I kept thinking I was reading a children's book. The typesetting is big and each one or two sentence paragraph is double spaced. This 367 page book would be less than a hundred pages if it used normal type.

The writer considers anyone who would spend a buck on a lottery ticket a dummy and a rube and voices that ad nauseum. I get it, the chances of winning are minuscule, it's never going to happen. In my opinion pondering a windfall is entertainment and $1 is cheap admission.

I think in depth stories of hard luck lottery winners could be very interesting. And I think an in depth look at the best tax and investment strategy for a lottery winner would be interesting. This is not that book.

This book is alot of short little essays on alot of subjects, it is good for what it is. But not at all what I expected.
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With so little out there to read, any book about lottery winners and related stories is a potential best seller. McNay, with a candid approach complete with humor and wit, portrays not only lottery winners but the entire business of the lottery in a way that all can follow. His stories about winners like Jack Whittaker, for example, highlight what can (and often does) happen to winners who let their hubris be their guide. Or the now broke celebrity (from his cameo spots on various lottery shows) David Lee Edwards and how he managed to fritter away $27,000,000 in less than 5 years.

McNay goes on to explain how the Big Win overwhelmed most folks, and how they failed to properly handle the money: from investing it to learning to handle those with their hands out wanting a piece of pie. McNay maintains the advice from years of advising not only lottery winners but those who have come into sudden wealth from other means, that the best thing to do is (for lottery winners) take yearly payments, and, of course remain anynomous. He avoids the more fawning, sensationalistic POV's of other 'winners' books. Reading it gives one a solid idea of how to handle a win.

As a regular blogger and columnist, McNay offers some pretty good financial advise, and is an advocate for populist economic measures. He takes the time to hold Wall Street to task for their lack of wisdom and makes valid points about how poorly served Americans are by governmental actions to bolster economics.

McNay, I feel, needs to do a follow-up book which tackles how the lotteries are run, from the poor payouts (less than 50%) to the requirement for nearly all winners to publicly announce their win.
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Loved Don's background description of his childhood and how he has developed his experiences into what he has become (in spite of it!). He has proved to be the go-to expert when potential lottery winnings go sky high.
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Don McNay has a way about him that makes you laugh (or cry, as appropriate), because he writes about real people and real things that have happened to them and how they handled those things (for good or for ill). This is not just a 'how-to' book (or a 'what to do' book), it is a book about human nature and how people react in certain circumstances. And it isn't just a book about getting some financial advice in certain situations, this book discusses many of the problems our society faces, like poor people being scammed by big banks (many of the same issues Elizabeth Warren and her mother covered in their book, but McNay describes these people from first-hand experience). And, like Elizabeth Warren, he has solutions - a few are tongue-in-cheek, but most are serious and should be taken seriously. In short, I found this book both entertaining and enlightening. So, for a fun read, where you can actually learn something at the same time, you should buy this book. I'm glad I did and will be buying more of Don McNay's books in the future.
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This book gives me second thoughts about pulling out another dollar for lotto. I'm glad I was the reader and not the subject. It allowed me to laugh and shake my head at the tragic results of folks who were overwhelmed by sudden "fortune", only to lose it all and more soon after. The book is an easy read, and McNay is willing to reveal his own personal stories of growing up in the gambling trade.
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Very superficial treatment of the topics covered. The reader is insulted regularly for playing the lotto in the first place. The same information is repeated over and over, in slightly different ways, presumably because the author didn't have enough actual facts and research done. I even found the same exact paragraph in two different places with only a word or two changed. It reads more like an autobiography than an instructional book. What a waste of money.
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