He Was Elated When a Scratch Card He Gifted His Cousin Won $50,000, but When His Wife Demanded He Take It Back, Things Got Heated

A man recently shared a story online about how his cousin won $50,000 from a scratch card he gifted him. He was delighted, but his wife was not impressed and urged him to take back the card and claim the money for himself.

Belated Christmas

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The man wrote, “We had a belated Christmas gathering with my extended family. The custom for this event is that we exchange ‘stocking stuffers;’ nothing over $10.”

Scratch-off stocking stuffers

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“Ever since we’ve had this gathering, I’ve always bought scratch-off lottery tickets for all the adults,” he added. “As you would expect, they are almost always trash. But every year, we have a few that win extra tickets or a few dollars.”

Huge moment

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This year, they were in for a surprise. As they scratched off the cars, the man’s 23-year-old cousin went crazy. He’d won $50,000!

Huge elation

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The man was over the moon. He picked up his cousin and hugged him; his mother was crying. It was absolute mayhem, and the man said it was one of the best experiences of his life.

Slow deflation

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The man felt his phone vibrate. It was a text from his wife. She asked him to come outside so they could speak in the car.

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His wife was furious. She said that there was no way they were giving his cousin the money. She was even angry that he’d bought the scratch cards in the first place.

Big drama

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The man knows that $50,000 is a lot of money. But he’s in his mid-40s and has a good career. His wife is a stay-at-home mom. They’ve saved for their kid’s college, and their only debt is their mortgage.

Not life-changing

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The man explained to his wife that while $50,000 would be nice, it wouldn’t be life-changing to them. However, it’s a different matter for his cousin.

Tough times

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His cousin has just graduated from college. He was raised by a single mom who worked double jobs to keep a roof over their heads. She worked extra hours to pay for his education while he had two jobs to support himself.

Deserving winner

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The man couldn’t think of a more deserving winner in his family. He refused to go back in and take the ticket.

Bad etiquette

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He also reminded his wife that he hadn’t given the man $50,000; he’d bought him a $5 scratch card that just happened to hit. She insisted, but he stood firm.

Was he right to let his cousin keep the money?

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The man felt that his cousin deserved the money. He was delighted to see him win it and couldn’t understand how his wife could see it any other way. He wrote to an online forum to ask for their advice on what he should do.

The internet responded

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One poster said, “Legally, there were witnesses who saw you give the ticket to him as a gift and saw him scratch it and subsequently win. Morally and legally, it’s his money, not yours or hers.”

While another chimed in to declare, “Your wife is wrong. Like you said, you gave him a $5 ticket as a gift. You don’t take gifts back when you realize they are worth more than you thought. It sounds like you have a good relationship with your family and don’t let your wife shatter it.”

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