Money for Nothing

Money for Nothing

One Man's Journey Through the Dark Side of Lottery Millions

Book - 2007
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In this wry and funny memoir, Edward Ugel tells the story of America's addiction to the lottery from an astonishing angle. At age twenty-six, Ed found himself broke, knee-deep in gambling debt, and moving back into his parents' basement. It all changed, however, when he serendipitously landed a job as a salesman for The Firm-a company that offered up-front cash to lottery winners in exchange for their prize money, often paid in agonizingly small annual payments, some lasting up to twenty-five years. For the better part of the ensuing decade, Ed spent his time closing deals with lottery winners, making a lucrative and legitimate-if sometimes not-so-nice-living by taking advantage of their weaknesses . . . weaknesses he knew all too well. Ed met hundreds of lottery winners and saw up-close the often hilarious, sometime sad outcome when great wealth is dropped on ordinary people.
Publisher: New York : Collins, c2007
Edition: First ed
Description: xviii, 238 p. : 24 cm
ISBN: 9780061284175
Branch Call Number: 795.38 Uge


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Jun 25, 2016

Chilling, compelling, eye-opening. My God, they do lotteries differently in the US (at least as far as I'm aware - I don't believe Canadians don't get a lump-sum payment when they win?). Full of crazy anecdotes and a memorable ending when the author visits Atlantic City with a friend in an unusually restrained way...but to compare his restraint to my husband's and my once-a-decade trip to a casino is to compare swimming across Lake Ontario to splashing gleefully around ankle-deep in your kid's paddling pool. Holy moly. Did I mention this is eye-opening?!

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