I was part of the Lottery Pool Too!
It seems that thanks to the Lotto Max $50 Million pay out being shared by a group at Bell Canada in Toronto, more and more folks are now claiming to be part of the winning group. Due to this, the Lottery Commision is now going to hold onto the money a little longer to investigate each and every claim brought forward. It is already being shared by 18 or so people, but now these new winners want a cut in the action as well.
Is this surprising? Not really, money is the root of so many disagreements, altercations, fisticuffs and wars these kind of shenanigans are hardly surprising. It is amusing to see the alleged group members all complaining that the lottery commision should just give them the money, but the OLG must protect their own interests, so they are holding onto the money (bet this one takes a while to resolve, if the group didn’t have scrupulous accounting).
This is another example of why it is important to have all of your financial paperwork in order, because you never know what is going to happen.
If your Will is out of date, what happens? Nothing good, would be my bet. If you are like me and you have a Will that mentions 3 out of my 4 kids, that might not mean it is of much value. Who is your executor of your Will? Are they still alive? Do you still get along with them? Remember the thematic premise today money makes people crazy, and if there is any disagreements on who gets what, it can make for some ugly situations to arise.
Who are the beneficiaries of your life insurance policies, and RRSPs (if you pass away)? Should be just fine, but what if you got divorced and forgot to take your ex-spouse off these policies or investments? Suddenly they receive the settlement, leaving a new family out in the cold?
Write it Down and Keep Track of it
This sad incident drives home the important point that in finances, and in life if it is not written down you cannot assume it is going to happen the way you want. Make sure your finances are well documented and that this documentation is truly up to date, or you might end up with a nasty surprise.