Random thought about lottery mania
There haven't been a lot of jumbo winners, so the sample is too small to draw any real conclusions. Still, you have to ask why none of them have even tried to make a big splash.
There are lots of deeply significant or ego-boosting things you could do with $100 million or $50 million. You could permanently fund an advocacy group or think-tank. You could buy a TV station or a news website or a small college, and run it to serve your own purposes.
Or consider the SuperPACs in this year's election. Each one exerts a huge influence with just a few million. When Comrade Bill Maher tossed ONE million to Obama's PAC, it made a big splash.
Surveys show most winners simply fritter the money away in a few years. Where's the ego value in that?