February 23, 2006


Nebraska Meatpacking Workers Claim Jackpot (Associated Press, February 23, 2006)

Eight workers at a Nebraska meatpacking plant are really bringing home the bacon now: They stepped forward Wednesday to claim the biggest lottery jackpot in U.S. history -- $365 million.

The seven men and one woman bought the winning Powerball ticket at a convenience store near the ConAgra ham-processing plant where they worked. At least three of the winners are immigrants -- two from Vietnam and one from the Congo Republic.

"This is great country!" said Quang Dao, 56, who came to the United States in 1988.

He demonstrates that, not his winnings.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 23, 2006 8:27 AM

Look for someone to demand/start an investigation into their immigration history status within the next seven days.

Posted by: John at February 23, 2006 9:43 AM

Here's a wild guess.

They entered the USA legally.

Posted by: John J. Coupal at February 23, 2006 9:56 AM


Only the ones openly claiming the prize will have. There'll be others they're splitting it with who are illegals.

Posted by: oj at February 23, 2006 10:03 AM

oj: Which is why the I.R.S. needs to watch this very closely.

Assume that there are an equal number of illegals waiting to take a share of the prize.
Even though they will be getting after-tax dollars under the table, it could be argued that their receipt is a second taxible event.

If the transfer is construed as a gift, as in, "It's my money and I can do what I want with it," that gift in itself is taxable.

Big money here--worth watching closely. A couple of tips from the envious might blow it. Start with the former co-workers, the ones not in the pool, and find out who quit at the same time as the admitted winners.

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 23, 2006 1:34 PM


Why? More power to them.

Posted by: oj at February 23, 2006 1:39 PM

I reply: The Income Tax is an infamous thing waiting to be crushed. Until it is, justice requires that it be paid. More power to the liar and cheat means less power to the forthright.

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 23, 2006 3:51 PM

The income tax will have been paid once, we needn't dun them again to serve justice. Legalize them and they'll pay it in their own name.

Posted by: oj at February 23, 2006 3:57 PM

Does this mean it's wrong of me to leave tips in cash so the waitress can "forget" to report it?

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at February 23, 2006 4:58 PM

A.O.G.: The I.R.S. already helps the waitress remember by imputing a standard tip income to service employees and having the employers withhold income taxes thereon.

Once again, the entire income tax scheme is rotten in its ideals and rotten in its operation. Until it is, everyone should pay his or her fair share.

If you can beat it honestly, beat it any way you can, but lying about what you took in is not beating it honestly.

The very fact that when I talk like this, people say things like: "Are you effing nuts? You sound like an effing reverend!" is strong evidence that the system is totaly vicious.

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 23, 2006 7:48 PM

I'm not sure how he got this information, but my dad told me a few days ago that a number of folks at a Lincoln meatpacking plant had won the award and were holed up in a hotel waiting to officially announce their winnings. He was also under the impression that at least some of them were illegals. As OJ suspects, it appears only the legal ones actually stepped forward.

I predict at least a few of them will continue to work for a while, some of the immigrants will successfully reunite with relatives who they pay to come to America, the whole lot of them will be offered some kind of endorsement deal, and at least three of them will purchase skybox seats to Husker games.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at February 23, 2006 8:20 PM

The illegals can go back home as heroes. No need to stay here anymore. Whatever the amount they end up with, it's a far bigger fortune south of the border.

Posted by: erp at February 24, 2006 4:32 PM