Saturday, September 08, 2007

The rich get richer and the poor get poorer

Just in case you needed further proof that life isn't fair, there's this:
MILWAUKEE (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, already a millionaire and heir to the Kimberly-Clark fortune, is on a lucky streak. The Republican hit it big in 1997 with a $250,000 jackpot in the District of Columbia lottery. Then, last spring, he won $1,000 prize in the Wisconsin lottery, and he won another $1,000 in that lottery last week.

"I got lucky," Sensenbrenner said.

Sensenbrenner, 64, was born into a family that helped build Kimberly-Clark Corp., maker of Kleenex tissue and Scott paper towels, and he recently reported a net worth of about $11.6 million. He said he spends about $10 a week on lottery tickets.

The latest winnings came in a Super 2nd Chance drawing, in which people who mail in at least $5 in losing tickets vie for 10 $1,000 prizes each week. Lottery officials put the odds of winning just one time at 1 in 5,000.
Sensenbrenner is a notorious tightwad who travels the globe with his wife while letting special interests pick up the tab.

But it is hard to imagine someone with his money spending his time mailing in his losing lottery tickets.

Maybe he has more time on his hands now that he's in the minority.

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