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AUG 2014

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.14 31 donate to some charitable organizations and a couple of churches. Last year, the Andersons appeared on a Dateline NBC episode in which Donald Trump gave fnancial advice to lottery winners. When Anderson begrudgingly went to New York City for part of the show, he fell in love with it when he discovered the array of good restaurants. "I don't live a fruitless life," he says. Tough the stress from having to work has been lifted, they do experience more aggrava- tion that comes, in part, from a PO box full of people's pleas. One man from Florida wrote them a letter outlining his horror story and asked for $200,000 — but to please not con- tact the authorities. "People come out and you feel for them," Anderson says. "But if you open that door, when do you shut it?" He's set up a trust for his and Tuesday's siblings, but the couple's win has torn some of the family apart. People are mad at them for not giving more money. Two years ago, the Andersons' house caught fre, requiring them to camp out in the basement for six months. Not one person called to ask if they needed any help or invited them over for a meal — the same people the Andersons took to Hawaii. But during that time, some family members had contacted Anderson's investor, asking about the status of the trust money. "It's not about family anymore," Anderson says. "We've backed of on giving gifts. You want to help out, but they need to realize that it's not all about money." "B efore I got this job, I thought that if I won $20 or $30 million, I would be ecstatic. I'd hire a march- ing band to march down Main Street," Ken- tucky Lottery's Chip Polston says. Now that he's seen so many winners, he says he'd avoid hoopla. He urges every big winner to change his or her phone number and to go of the grid because realtors, car salesmen and banks go af- ter winners. (Te Andersons still get boxes and boxes of junk in the mail.) But Polston is far from bitter about the reality of winning. While he can't legally play the Kentucky Lottery be- cause it's his employer, he goes across the bridge to buy lotto tickets. "I'm going to hit Hoosier Lottery some time," he says. About 16 years ago, the Kentucky Lottery held a winners' reunion lunch of about 60 or 70 people at the now-closed John E's on Hikes Lane. Polston expected the Carl Casper Custom Auto Show, but that's not what he saw in the parking lot. "Tere were a couple of late-model trucks and nicer cars, but nothing really stuck out," he says. What had brought the winners the most joy — not cars, not boats, www.alz.org/walk

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