This story doesn’t have a will, but it very well could have been a message in a will, and it happened after someone departed from this mortal plane, so we’re counting it. Alyce got to cash in big-time thanks to her husband’s winnings, and he left her a very sweet note at the same time.
We don’t know how she went about claiming all that money so long after the tickets had been purchased, but if the story is to be believed it equaled a tidy sum of money. Hubby might have even been able to skirt around some of the taxes that come with inheritance thanks to this clever ploy.
Just Take the Money, Man
Yeah, he absolutely would lose, because there's no way he can actually sue for anything. What's he going to go with? “My siblings also got the same money I did”? Naw, buddy, any judge with half a brain cell would throw that case right out and give you a nice tongue lashing at the same time. But can we talk about that amount for a moment? Fifty K for thirty years is one and a half million dollars.
Almost ANYBODY would be over the moon to get that kind of payout! What's this guy's deal? Plus, the siblings (at least two) also got the same amounts, meaning the parents were multi-millionaires. That's quite the God Family you have there.
Setting Down the Rules
Great-grandad seemed like the kind of guy that set fair rules of play above winning. The kind of guy that celebrates a loss as long as it was a good game. All he had to do to make sure nobody was upset about their inheritance was add a small clause that created some easy-to-understand ground rules. If you have a problem with your share, you're going to get less, and there's nothing you can do about it.
It seems to us that the kind of family that would need this clause is the kind that has a lot to gain, so Great-grandpa probably went about this the right way to keep things friendly.
Let the Water Flow
While not a last will and testament, we find that this story still fits the bill, since it pretty much works in the same manner. The deed to this land had a very specific stipulation, that of a water fountain for man and beast, or it could have reverted to the family.
Cities seem to dislike it when their property becomes private again, so they made sure to follow the requirements to the letter, installing a classic water fountain where people could wet their whistles and fill up a dog bowl as well. There's nothing like a water feature for a public park.
All for the Donkeys
We aren't going to try and figure out why this woman left all her money to a sanctuary for donkeys, but there's probably a pretty good reason. Maybe a donkey saved her life once. They were climbing up the Grand Canyon, and the grandmother slipped. The donkey stomped a sure-footed hoof down on the edge of the grandmother's sleeve, saving her from slipping down into a deadly fall.
She promised on that day that donkeys would have everything she could accumulate in life in order to repay them for this kindness granted her. Or maybe she just thought they were cute, we don't know.