[Hpn] CHARITY NIXES 100G LOTTO DONATION

W.C.Tinker wtinker@metrocast.net
Thu, 2 Jan 2003 12:41:05 -0500


By DAREH GREGORIAN
David Rush: Salvation Army says no.
January 2, 2003 -- Salvation Army says no.Take your Lotto money and shove
it!
The Salvation Army won't redeem a Florida man's $100,000 donation check
because it's money he won playing the lottery.
"Everybody has a right to be sanctimonious if they want to be," said David
Rush, 71, who tried to make the donation after winning $14 million in a
Florida Lotto drawing last month.
The decision to turn the other check was made by Maj. Cleo Damon, head of
the Army's local chapter near Rush's Marco Island home.
"There are times where Major Damon is counseling families who are about to
become homeless because of gambling," said spokeswoman Maribeth Shanahan.
"He really believes that if he had accepted the money, he would be talking
out of both sides of his mouth."
Rush, a financial analyst, said he doesn't consider playing the lottery -
which has raised billions of dollars for Florida schools - real gambling.
"There's no bigger gamble than investing in the stock market," Rush said.
"For them to say this is gambling is an overstatement."
 
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