Last week, Petra L. won the German national lottery. Her jackpot: €15.28m ($22,461,600). Needless to say, the Divinely Chosen Ms. L ran right out and bought herself a new car. Ferrari? Bentley? Mercedes? "I really just wanted a new one," she told Spiegel. "With airbags!" And so she purchased a $10k Polish-made Fiat Panda. In the Fatherland (i.e. not all markets), the Panda comes with four airbags as standard, with two more as an optional extra (go on; you know you want to). Is this proof that the Lottery is, as many have suggested, a tax on stupidity? Psychologists have observed that lottery winners who don't change their lifestyle have the best chance of "coping" with the "stress" of a big win. Which is exactly what Petra L. is doing: "I will still be looking for special deals at the shop, and won't be going on any big trips. I worked by the sweat of my brow all life and turned every penny, and won't change now." What about… now? Anyone remember the old joke about the guy who wins the jackpot, loses all his money, and later explains: "I spent some of it on women, booze and cars. The rest I wasted".
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