- 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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Son of a Son of a Gambler: Winners, Losers and What to Do When You Win the Lottery Paperback – January 14, 2008
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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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent, Sadly enough he was my sister n laws brother n law and he passed away.
At 56. He was a legend as was his father. May you RIP Don McNay.
I almost didn't give a review on this book because I didn't want anyone to know that what a sucker I was for having read it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kindle Customer
Interesting read. Key take away point
1. Have a trust in place so whomever inherits your money, it does not ruin their life.
Repeats a lot
Very easy to read and fun at the same time. It has been very entertaining. Now I am waiting to win the Lottery.Published on January 25, 2014 by martin brucker
As a childhood friend of Don, you never questioned his ability to wear his heart and passion on his sleeve. His fortune is not valued in dollars. Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by Swim Coach Jim
This is the newly released book by Don McNay: July 2013. It is an easy read and I particularly liked all of the personal stories of people who came in contact with Don and his... Read morePublished on August 7, 2013 by NewbornRD
I have known Don since attending EKU a few (lol) years ago. At that time I had no real idea about his background. Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by Dave Salyer
There are 378 pages in this book. Less than 10 pages have ANY advice on what to do should you win the lottery. Read morePublished on September 13, 2012 by Bruce McCormick