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Mildred Lykens 

No, I'm not sharing my big winnings


January 24, 2018

I’ll bet you’ve never heard of anyone winning the Publisher’s Clearing House money—nor heard of anyone who heard of anyone who has. Well, I’m here to tell you that now you have. Now I don’t want a bunch of people swarming to my door asking for a loan or an organization calling on the phone wanting donations. I have to decide on what I will do with all of it. I know that most people want to stay anonymous because of that very thing, but I’ll be up front and tell you right off that I don’t plan on sharing any of it with anybody. I know I’m selfish, and I’m sure there will be family and friends who are hurt, but I’ve just got to go where my heart leads me. However, I was disappointed that there was neither white van, nor cameraman or even balloons when I received it—but what the hey, I won. And I even made a copy of the $10 check to prove it!

Now I’ve been very blessed with generous family and friends who have supported me over the years with my project of sewing for charity, and I had also received a check in the mail and thanked the Good Lord and the one who sent it. And I don’t have to think about how to spend it because it all goes to the project. But do you suppose that my selfishness of the first check contributed to what happened next?

Today, upon entering my garage on my way to physical therapy, I found something in disorder: a cardboard box lying on the floor. At first I thought someone’s cat had gotten locked in the garage again, but with closer inspection, I found items missing—tools that I had covered with a cloth for this very reason. They were stolen. The trip was cancelled and police were called. The fine officer came within a few minutes and listened patiently to my story. He entered the garage and took photos but gave me little hope of getting any of it back. Although he did warn me that they may come back. I’ll be waiting next time.

So in the same week I received, and I lost. And the first thing that came to mind was: the Good Lord giveth and He taketh away. No sense in crying over stolen articles except that one was an old skill saw that I inherited from my father, and that Publishers Clearing House check won’t cover my loss.


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