Lottery winners beware. You must navigate to a distant shore and virtue is not a sufficient lifeboat. Four stories present conundrums of wealth dreamers who discover a hellish side to their windfall. Brandi and Myles step into a life few ever know, but Brandi is ill prepared for the transformation and the depths of her depravity.
Myles drawn into wantonness finds his fate is a bitter one; he’s on trial for an atrocious crime. Yet he discovers a strength he didn’t know he possessed. Jimmy-Jo Whitlowe poor, uneducated, bereft of hope, despises lottery dreams, but a whim puts a winning ticket in his hand. Now he must fend off unscrupulous gold diggers. He finds the love of his life, but the money’s corrosiveness looms over him.
Natalie grieves her husband and is shocked when his will requires she buy lottery tickets or lose her inheritance. Later it’s as if he has a hand in her lottery win from the grave. She protects her children from the lottery’s vagaries, leaves a legacy, but a trust betrayed leads to rage. Toll taker Peter Kirby wins the largest Powerball on record and he is plunged into a world he doesn’t understand. His fight to belong proves maddening. Turning attention to a niece, he creates pain and catastrophe and learns forgiveness is a rare commodity.
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Life is not a straight path, and Azzara has had many a twist and turn
during his life, losing his only sister when he was sixteen and struggling
to regain direction. Since then he has accomplished a number of goals, such as the pursuit of two graduate degrees; careers in public health, as a VP of market research, and as president of marketing company AtHeath, LLC; raising a family; and rescuing a few dogs. He has published numerous articles, reports, and books.
Carey V. Azzara is the author of The Lottery Curse and three additional collections of stories—Uncommon Heroes and Cars; Halley’s Gift: And Eight Other Extraordinary Tales; and Heroes, Dogs, and Cars (out of print). He has also authored short stories published in Storyacious and the anthology Swallowed by the Beast. In addition, he wrote the book Questionnaire Design for Business Research, a technical text on marketing research practices.