North Carolina Lottery Winner Donates Windfall To Charity
When it comes to lottery winners, I think we all will admit that a common curiosity we all have is, what are they going to do with the money. It’s almost as if we can kind of live our life through theirs. What would we do? Would we buy? A new house? A new car? Would we pay off debt? Would we simply put it into savings? That’s boring. Responsible, but boring.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say very few of us would make the decision that Charlotte’s Barry Shipp has. Mr. Shipp has a monthly ritual of purchasing a scratch off lottery ticket. On the latest occasion, it came up a winner. All of the sudden there was a what to do with $200,000 decision to make. Well, after taxes, it was a $143,000 decision to make. And Barry Shipp chose to donate it to charity.
Specifically, Shipp is donating a large portion of his lottery windfall to HIS charity, Pivot Point. It is a non-profit that aims to set up the homeless in small homes. Shipp tells WCCB, “Everybody’s talking about affordable housing and low-income housing. This is for no income. I know that a person walking through those doors and they’re able to sit down every night, they don’t feel like they’re homeless anymore.”
Shipp comes to this from a genuine place of empathy as he was once homeless himself. It’s nice to know that there are Barry Shipps out there in the world. I know he’s a better person than I’ll ever be.
You can fantasize all you want about what you would do with a $200,000 lottery windfall, but there’s no way you can criticize what Barry Shipp decided to do with his, donate it to charity.