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[link] "20-year-old claims $451 million jackpot, hopes to 'do some good for humanity'"

http://abcnews.go.com/US/20-year-claims-451-million-jackpot-hopes-good/story?id=52311610

"Missler plans on plunking down some of the lottery loot for a new home in Tampa and then pursuing a 'variety of passions,' according to the Florida Lottery, as well as helping others.

'I intend to take care of my family, have some fun along the way, and cement a path for financial success so that I can leave a legacy far into the future,' Missler said in a statement. 'I have always been one to encourage the idea of chasing dreams and I believe life is about the pursuit of passion. I am 20 years old and my journey has only just begun.'

The win didn't come as a shock for Missler, whose attorney set up a private limited company called 'Secret 007, LLC,' officials said."

ETA: I'm posting this here because this may be an unusual opportunity to cause some proportion of jackpot winnings to go to effective organizations.  My first thought was for something along the lines of a change.org petition to be sent to his LLC suggesting that he consider donating to GiveDirectly as a means of using his winnings to benefit humanity, with a case for the particular value of GiveDirectly from multiple ethical perspectives.  Others here are welcome to use this as a starting point and refine it, offer other ideas, or argue that this entire line of thought is misguided.  Inaction should be the default, but with potentially tens of millions of dollars that the winner wants to use altruistically but has no specific plans for, I think an attempt at outreach should at least be seriously considered.

Comments (4)

Comment author: Peter_Hurford  (EA Profile) 13 January 2018 12:47:49AM 3 points [-]

Far be it for me to rain on the parade of someone who wants to do good with their windfall -- I do admire that -- but I downvoted this post because it does not have any direct EA relevance.

Comment author: Gondolinian 13 January 2018 01:23:12AM 3 points [-]

See edit.

Comment author: Milan_Griffes 13 January 2018 12:57:52AM 2 points [-]

Seems relevant if someone wants to reach out & see if Missler is aware of / interested in EA.

Comment author: Khorton 13 January 2018 01:09:31AM 3 points [-]

That's what I expected to see when I clicked on the title: an actionable item. This would have been relevant if the be millionaire expressed interest in being contacted by strangers. However, it does not seem like that's the case, so it's not useful for many EAs to spend their time reading it.