No one was more surprised than Tom K. when he scratched off the hidden symbols on a lottery ticket and won $25,000. For years, Tom had struggled financially and often dreamed that somehow he’d get the money to start his own business.
He thought he’d be elated when he realized what he won. But instead he felt overwhelmed and scared. Suddenly he was faced with a number of important decisions. He also soon learned that people treated him differently than they did before he won the money. He wasn’t quite sure how to react to them — or whether he could trust them.
Tom bought some new clothes and electronic toys. Then he made an attempt at starting the business he thought he wanted. Within a few months, all the money was gone, Tom’s business was a bust, and he was right back where he was before. Read more