This man bought his cousin a winning lottery ticket for Christmas. But now his wife is demanding he ask for it back so they can keep the money. Here’s his side of the story.
They never spent much
This family has one rule when it comes to Christmas gifts. For the extended family, like aunts, uncles, and cousins, they’ve all agreed to spend no more than $10 on each other.
It was fun
You can’t get much for $10 these days. So most of the gifts are jokey or fun, proper stocking-filler stuff.
He bought lotto tickets
A few years ago, this man started buying lottery tickets and scratch cards for his family. He’s been doing it ever since.
They had a win
Most of the tickers are losers—no surprise there. But occasionally, someone will get a lucky break. One year, the man’s brother won $50. “Everyone went crazy. It was a good time,” he said.
It was a memorable Christmas
He bought lottery tickets for everyone again this Christmas, and it’s a Christmas that one of his cousins will never forget. The kid, who is 23 and just graduated college, scratched off his ticket.
The cousin couldn’t believe it
He looked at the ticket. Then he looked at it again. Then he went absolutely nuts.
It was a huge win
He’d just won $50,000—a massive amount of cash for a young guy straight out of college. “He holds his ticket up and claims it just hit the max jackpot—$50,000. Everyone rushes over, and a couple of his uncles verify—yep, this kid just won $50k,” explained the man.
He was delighted
The man was so happy for his little cousin. “I was elated. I scooped him up in a big bear hug and said, ‘Merry Christmas, you lucky guy!'”
It was a special moment
The whole family celebrated. “He was screaming, and his mom was actually in tears; the whole room was excited,” shared the man. He described it as one of the best moments of his entire life.
She was the odd one out
But one person wasn’t smiling—the man’s wife. He felt his phone go off. “I pull it out to see my wife has sent me a text message that says, ‘Come out to the car.'”
He saw the signs
He sensed the vibe right away. “I go outside and can tell by her body language she is super angry,” he said.
She wanted the money back
He asked her what was wrong. She told him there was no way they were giving his cousin $50k; then she said it was his fault for causing all this drama by buying lotto tickets for other people.
He didn’t want the money
The man stood firm, telling his wife he wasn’t going to ask for the money back. She demanded to know why.
They were comfortable
He explained that $50K wouldn’t do that much for them. The house was almost paid for; they had savings and a retirement plan in place. On the other hand, $50K would give their cousin a great start in life. “This money would literally change this kid’s life, and frankly, I think it couldn’t have gone to a better member of my family,” he said.
She saw it differently
But his wife didn’t buy it, and she’s still not buying it. “She is now demanding I take the ticket back from him, saying maybe we’ll give him some of it,” he explained.
They stopped speaking
They argued about it for days. When the man didn’t budge, his wife gave him the silent treatment. “She hasn’t spoken more than a couple of words to me since,” he shared. Then he asked, “Am I being a jerk for ‘giving’ my cousin $50k against my wife’s wishes?”
People shared their thoughts
“Not the jerk,” said one person. “Your wife is completely in the wrong. You have not given away $50k; you gave him a gift that could have been worth $0 at the end of the day. Your cousin just got lucky—she should be happy for him.”
“You were absolutely correct,” said another. “You gave him a scratch-off. He won the $50k. Good for you for being so thoughtful about how much more this money means for him. Genuine selflessness is a rare quality.”
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