Our news partner KARK/Fox 16 reports a good example of how money doesn’t always produce happiness.
As Leslie Underwood, a waitress at the Sportsman’s Drive-In in Stuttgart tells it:
The waitress at Sportsmans Drive-In got a rare break the Friday before Christmas to open a gift from her boss. …
Lucky lives up to his name when it comes to the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. To spread some holiday cheer, he bought a roll of scratch offs from G&B Liquor Store for his waitresses.
“He told us whatever we won, it would be split between us for our Christmas bonus,” Underwood said.
She and fellow waitress, Mandy Vanhouten, scratched off their pile together at the bar.
“She handed me five and she had five,” Underwood said.
Vanhouten scratched off a $300,000 Fortune instant ticket, worth $10, and won the top prize. Since they work the same shift, she and Underwood would each get $150,000.
“We were both reading the back of it trying to find the little, ‘You’re pranked!,'” Underwood said. “But no, it was a real one.”
The trick was still to come.”We talked about how life changing it would be and what we were going to do with this money,” Underwood said. “She even talked about giving back since it was such a blessing.”
The rest of the story: Vanhouten claimed the prize for herself. The Arkansas Lottery distributed a photo of her with her $300,000 winning (less about a third for taxes). She has not been back to work. Channel 4 was unable to reach her for comment. Underwood is talking about legal action against someone she said was once her best friend. However, Vanhouten alone signed the back of the lottery ticket.
Lucky was right about one thing, Underwood said:
“Lucky told us here at the bar, ‘Y’all won’t be friends after this.’ We were like, ‘Why would you say that?,'” Underwood said. “Money changes people. Now we see.”