Keeping Kids Humble

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We have a saying around our home: “Miracles do happen… to other people.”

Okay, so it’s not featured on a needlepoint canvas and displayed in a wood frame in our entryway, but I’m pretty sure I utter the phrase at least seven to ten times a day.

In fact, I just said it again a little while ago.

ABC News just ran a story of a New York teen who hit it big on a $2 scratch-off
lottery ticket.

Eighteen-year-old Robert Salo is one very, very lucky kid. The teen scored a million bucks just days before his high school graduation.

According to ABC, Salo will rake in $1,000 a week for the rest of his life.

The. Rest. Of. His. Life.

Reps from the New York Lottery say Salo’s cash prize guarantees him a minimum payment of $1,000,000 over the next 20 years, and an annual check for $52,000 a year until the day he dies. If Salo lives into his 80s, he could end up with as much as $3 million.

Lottery officials say the teen is the youngest person to win this particular scratch-off prize.

Despite making state lottery history, Salo says he’s still as humble as ever. In fact, the Brooklyn resident refuses to quit his day job and he says he won’t forgo his plans to attend college in the fall.

Salo’s mom maintains that her son will be using his winnings to pay for a degree in electrical engineering.

The boy’s mom further revealed that she was set to work two jobs to help her son pay his tuition, but now the teen can afford higher education on his own… and something slightly less educational.

A BMW, of course, I gotta get around,” Salo joked.

I can’t imagine winning that much money, and the idea of my teenager collecting that much free dough in her lifetime somewhat terrifies me.

It’s easy to exercise humility when you don’t have much to begin with. It’s much harder to remain unpretentious when you’ve got a fat check coming your way week after week.

How do you keep your kid humble when he or she scores a major win in life?

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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