A Dat Wi Seh... Super Lotto winning ticket
If you found the missing Super Lotto winning ticket would you give Government some of your winnings?
THE winner of last October's J$186 million Super Lotto jackpot has still not come forward to collect his prize with this Thursday's March 28 deadline looming closer.
The issue has been heavy on the tongues of some Jamaicans, especially in light of the tough economic times facing the country.
The Sunday Observer yesterday took to Port Royal in Kingston to find out if residents there would be willing to help out the government if they found the ticket and won the jackpot.
These are their responses.
"Yes, I would give them. If is even $50 million out of it. I would do it to help the country. The government need to cut down on some of the vehicle weh dem buy and them need to cut down some of them Cabinet members. But despite dat, me woulda still give them."
"I wouldn't give them because if me did win it, when dem done draw out them interest I wouldn't lef wid nothing much. Dem done get something out of it already, so I wouldn't give them because is not dem buy the ticket, is not fi dem own. They are the ones who are suppose to help me. We are helping them by paying tax so that is enough. I would give to the poor, people like me who don't have anything. Not the government."
"Yes, I would give them because of the current economic problem that we have and because of the IMF deal. We currently don't have an IMF deal and if we could get money otherwise, like from the lotto, then yes I would give them. Even though the government hasn't done anything literally for me I would still give them part of the money. It is needed to get us out of the disaster that we are in."
"If they are going to help, like the childrens' homes, the elderly, schools, then yes, I would give them for that occassion. And if they want it for the economy, yes, I would also give them because it would be my choice, my money and I would want to help out the country's economic situation,"
"I probably would not give the government but there are many private entitities who are out there who I would give the money. For example, one of our childrens' homes and so on. But I don't know if I would give the government and I don't really have a reason. I mean, the Super Lotto, there isn't much money in it, $186 million is a smalls, man, that's nothing much. I think the private entities are more deserving of it. I wouldn't give the government,"
"I would just give them. Why I would give them? Nothing, I would just give them. You have to help the country, you can't live for yourself alone."
"I would share it with sufferer like myself. So I would take it and give to the government because him can take it, turn it over and do summen fi wi. Dem cyaan seh Government nuh good, Government good to we. And I don't think the government are going to mash up the money either."
"It depends pon the situation. If I find the ticket then them probably woulda get some. But if me win it, then me nuh know if I would take it and give them. It is my hard working money buy the ticket. With this economic situation now, I probably would help them but me woulda haffi think hard pon it. And whether or not dem a go spend the money do the right thing; that is a next quesition, because you know how them people deh stay."
"Gi dem what? Fi dem go buy more cyar wid it again? No, neither JLP nor PNP. I would feel comfortable giving a children's home, or maybe a school of my choice. I would give them about $30 million. But I definitely not giving the government. I'm not giving them because they are going to do the same thing that they do with other money; take it and buy cyar."
"Yes, if I buy it [ticket] I would give them something out of it. And I would give charities because when you give charities you will prosper better. But I not giving them more than a $100,000. If them get that them get nuff. When I bruck I cyaan go to none of the Government dem go tell dem that I bruck. Them a go seh 'but you sell fish, so you not suppose to bruck'. But sometimes you barely even meck back yuh money when yuh sell."