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Bored lotto winner wants to work at McDonalds

Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Lotto winner, James Green
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By MSN NZ Money staff

A lottery winner who says he's bored in the aftermath of his windfall has revealed his new ambition: to work at a fast food restaurant.

James Green won the $395,000 first prize in the special Easter draw of New Zealand Lotto but has not spent a dollar of his winnings.

The former apprentice welder — who was sacked a month before he hit the jackpot —' has instead lived in a spare bedroom at his brother's house, playing video games and living off the interest paid on his prize.

But Mr Green has admitted such an existence "does get a bit boring" but the choice for his next move would surprise many who seek adventure.

"(I'd work at) either McDonald's or Burger King or a supermarket — something easy," he told The Press.

McDonalds NZ managing director Mark Hawthorne said the company would "love to have him if he's got some credibility".

But it may not be a long-term proposition: Mr Green wants to blow some of his winnings on a holiday to Disneyland and Las Vegas and also wants to start his own business.

He has also continued buying his regular two lottery tickets: he had previously won several $10 prizes and one $900, but has not won anything since taking the big prize.

User comments
What a looooooooser. Go live your life you idiot
His Money His choice, but if he dosent do anything good with it, then maybe he shouldnt have won it in the first place.
lol. 'Gym bunny' - You think he should find it in his heart to give to charity rather than keep buying lotto tickets?.. you do realise that the money raised from those tickets does go to charity right?
i wonder if i told Macca's that i had plenty of money would they give me a job I will have to remember that when i fill out the application form
YOU ALL SOUND LIKE A BUNCH OF JELOUS MARNIS'S TO ME.. LEAVE THE MAN ALONE.BUT FOREAL THE DUDE NEEDS A HAIRCUT AND A SHAVE. BUT YEA I RECKON HE SHOULD JUST KEEP DOING WHAT HES DOING LIVE OFF THE INTEREST AND SAVE HIS 400K FOR SOMETHING EXCITING!!! VEGAS SOUNDS REAL COOL BUT HOPE HE DOESNT BLIOW HIS DOUGH ON GAMBLING OVER THERE. THEN HE REALLY DIDNT DESERVE THE WIN.
at the end of the day everyone is acting as though the guy won millions.......his money his choice the fact that he chooses to live with his brother is their choice and before everyone starts piping about whether or not he should give to charity the question is whether you would......end of the day smart move with his money....at least he is not trying to live outside his means and at least he doesnt think that he is above working at McDs or a supermarket.......he is just expressing his desire to work an easy job....heck dont we all ------- we should just be thankful that hes not out doing crime ..... or a beneficiary sitting on his *** and living off taxpayers
i think if he doesnt use this money now may in future somebody else will have it ........i think better he give some i need help this time thanks .
I agree with the comment made that if he wants something 'easy' then to go do some volunteer work. It would be so rewarding and hey , you may even find it in your heart to give a little money to that charity. What goes around comes around remember , so give up buying another 2 tickets each week and just be thankful you have and easy , cushy life while there are so many people facing the loss of their jobs , homes , possessions etc. At the end of the day its your money.
...and his problem is?.... and I wonder why he got sacked from previous job. Sounds like a twit to me.
sounds like this person needs to learn a thing about gratitude, there are people who have lost their jobs due to the recession, kids go to school hungry everyday, going to bed hungry. But he's complaining about being bored yet he has all that money sitting in the bank earning interest, while living in his brothers spare bedroom. Boy be grateful of what you have, if you're bored get your act together and go do something with your life, better still as other people have mentioned, donate your time to charity or even donate some of your money to charity or even your brother that you're living with but for petes sakes stop COMPLAINING there are people in this country that are worse off than you.