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Man Torches Self After ‘Burning’ Lottery Win
The Star ^ | Monday August 9, 2010

Posted on 08/08/2010 7:38:13 PM PDT by nickcarraway

A VEGETABLE farmer who lived a life of luxury after winning almost RM1mil in a lottery five years ago torched himself when his “pot of gold” became empty.

The 63-year-old from Serian, Sarawak, known only as Khoo, was reported to have dug a “grave” at the back of his house before splashing petrol on his body and lighting it, reported Berita Minggu.

The man had won more than RM750,000 five years ago and then reportedly spent up to RM1,800 on a single bet over the years, hoping to strike it big again, the weekly said.

Serian OCPD Deputy Supt Jamali Umi said the police have classified the case as sudden death.

He said the victim’s nephew had found the man dead in the hole.

A relative, who declined to be named, said Khoo, who never married, had stopped cultivating his farm upon winning the lottery and had spent the money on a new house and several vacations.

But with no new winnings, the barrel soon became empty.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: lottery; malaysia

1 posted on 08/08/2010 7:38:16 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Slings and Arrows

You’ve got to be in it, to singe it...


2 posted on 08/08/2010 7:38:41 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Build a man a fire and he stays warm for a day
Set a man on fire and he stays warm for the rest of his life


3 posted on 08/08/2010 7:39:07 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

Another low score on an IQ test.


4 posted on 08/08/2010 7:40:39 PM PDT by Mobties (I yield back the balance of my time)
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To: nickcarraway

There are a lot of people who can’t handle money who win the lottery in this country


5 posted on 08/08/2010 7:42:05 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: nickcarraway
Errrr... you want to give us a clue as to what country this is?
6 posted on 08/08/2010 7:42:25 PM PDT by avacado
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To: avacado

Malaysia. obviously.


7 posted on 08/08/2010 7:43:00 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Always amazes me that many people who win the lottery blow through it quickly and become sometimes worse off than they were before the windfall.

I know I wouldn’t blow it all. But that’s probably exactly what they thought before they won, too!


8 posted on 08/08/2010 7:44:03 PM PDT by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: Reddy

That’s why if you could magically transfer all of the money from the rich to the poor, the rich would have it all back, and then some within a few years.


9 posted on 08/08/2010 7:45:08 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway
"Malaysia. obviously."

No... it wasn't obvious. You could have taken the extra effort to give the location in your excerpt!

10 posted on 08/08/2010 7:45:35 PM PDT by avacado
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Neal Boortz always sais “The Rich Keep Getting Richer Because They Do Things That Make Them Rich, The Poor Keep Getting Poorer For a Similar Reason”


11 posted on 08/08/2010 7:46:01 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ...In the US the number is 54%)
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To: dfwgator
In the words of Paris Hilton, “That's Hot.”
12 posted on 08/08/2010 7:47:39 PM PDT by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal!)
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To: GeronL
There are a lot of people who can’t handle money
who win the lottery in this country

Probably a prerequisite for playing the lottery in the first place
Magical thinking about Money and Statistics

13 posted on 08/08/2010 7:50:10 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: dfwgator

Well, that is how they got rich, after all. They couldn’t leverage labor and resources to gain wealth if people didn’t lose theirs somewhere else.*

*Disclaimer: I’m not saying that appropriate resource management can’t benefit everyone (as I feel it does), I’m merely saying the elite that we currently have, ALL (or very nearly so) have made their money from the movement of the labor and fruits of the poor/middle class into their hands. Long gone are the days of freedom and the “American Dream,” all growth is quashed except that of nearly unaccountable corporations who leave only enough to irk out a life, through sympathetic government interference and over regulation. A sad situation indeed. Our Founders revolted for far, far more miniscule actions, because they understood the principles behind what was taking place.


14 posted on 08/08/2010 7:50:13 PM PDT by JDW11235 (I think I got it now!)
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To: dsrtsage

+1


15 posted on 08/08/2010 7:51:11 PM PDT by JDW11235 (I think I got it now!)
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To: MotorCityBuck

It was about $15k USD. But that goes a long way in India. Should have used it to open call center. Could have parleyed in into Billions of Rupees!


16 posted on 08/08/2010 7:52:12 PM PDT by BookaT (My cat's breath smells like cat food!)
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To: BookaT
“It was about $15k USD. But that goes a long way in India”.

No doubt. Some men you just can't reach.

17 posted on 08/08/2010 7:55:52 PM PDT by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal!)
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To: GeronL
There are a lot of people who can’t handle money who win the lottery in this country

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18 posted on 08/08/2010 7:57:44 PM PDT by digger48
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To: nickcarraway
Lottery...an tax on those who couldn't (wouldn't) DO the Math.
Where did I put that Lottery Ticket(s.)

19 posted on 08/08/2010 7:58:50 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Zer0 to the voters: "Here's my DeathCARE Plan"...now....just die (quicky), please. :^)
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To: HangnJudge

During a statistics course I downloaded 7 years of the Florida lottery winning numbers. A fairly even distribution but not entirely as even as you’d expect. The number 1 had the fewest appearances.

One thing in common among lottery winners though, a very high number go bankrupt after winning.


20 posted on 08/08/2010 7:59:58 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: nickcarraway

Koo Koo Ka Khoo....


21 posted on 08/08/2010 8:02:05 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: driftdiver
The number 1 had the fewest appearances.

Must be the loneliest number...

23 posted on 08/08/2010 8:06:26 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: HangnJudge

Probably less ink on the “1” ball ...


24 posted on 08/08/2010 8:16:45 PM PDT by ROTB (Without a Christian revival, we are government slaves, or nuked by China/Russia during armed revolt.)
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To: windcliff

dumb idiot ping


25 posted on 08/08/2010 8:45:38 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: nickcarraway

My first reading of the headline was “Man Touches Self After ‘Burning’ Lottery Win”.


26 posted on 08/08/2010 9:15:02 PM PDT by Figure11 (There's nothing an agnostic can't do if he doesn't know whether he believes in it or not.)
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To: digger48

He’s no good at golf either.


27 posted on 08/08/2010 9:36:51 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a tea party descendant - steeped in the Constitutional legacy handed down by the Founders)
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To: Reddy

you only hear about the people who blow through their winnings. A few years ago, a friend of mine sat next to a guy on a plane who was flying to his ranch in Montana—one of those lottery winners. He was doing quite well, nothing too flashy, just a quiet, comfortable life.


28 posted on 08/08/2010 10:02:21 PM PDT by balch3
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To: balch3
I know I should not mention this, but some “holier than thou” people need an argument.

I spent about $2/week on our state lottery over a period of about 10 years. $1,000? Maximum. No, I did not win millions and retire on my winnings. I quit that a few years ago, when the state changed the formulas, and wins disappeared.

But I saved thousands of dollars that many people spend going to Las Vegas to get their gambling jones, and won a few dollars every few weeks to offset my “losses”. Plus, I won major prizes of $5,000 and $100,000.

No, I did not retire on it, and was not tempted to try to make a living at it, but I won't turn down even a small windfall. Stupid to buy lottery tickets? No. Good “investment”? No. Cheap entertainment? Yep.

29 posted on 08/09/2010 2:29:48 AM PDT by tdscpa
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To: nickcarraway
Burning Man
30 posted on 08/09/2010 3:14:32 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: tdscpa

“Stupid to buy lottery tickets? No. Good “investment”? No. Cheap entertainment? Yep.”

Unfortunately much of the marketing that states do is directed at people who consider the lottery an investment plan.


31 posted on 08/09/2010 4:25:58 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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