Kyle Messier, Idaho Burger Flipper, Wins Idaho Lottery And Quits Job

Kyle Messier Idaho lottery winner

COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho -- For some execs, a $100,000 windfall might not represent a life change, but after Kyle Messier won that in an Idaho lottery game, he immediately called his boss and quit his job as a burger-flipper at a fast food joint. "I guess you could say I called in rich," reported TV stations KREM in Spokane, Wash.

After taxes, his winnings are $67,500, about six years' salary at his old job, and Messier plans to use the money so that he and his fiancee can go back to school. Messier, who has lived in Post Falls, Idaho, his entire life, says that he'd been saving money to put himself and his fiancee through trade school.

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Now, he and his fiancee plan to marry at the end of February, and they will both attend school and learn a trade so that they can get better jobs, Idaho station KIVI-TV reports. "This is a dream come true and couldn't come at a better time," he said.

Messier had planned to work two or three more years to save money for school. Then he bought two $10 tickets Monday afternoon in the Ultimate Bankroll scratch game. He was presented with a check Tuesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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redmustangray

nice to hear a young person willing to working to save up for a education. best of luck to you and your bride

February 12 2013 at 2:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kazz23

At least he is planning on investing in his future. Wish him the best of luck.

February 10 2013 at 4:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mary

Glad to see he said trade school. Learn a trade and you have a better chances at work. ut There something to be said about giving a man a fish you feed him for a day teach a man to fish and he eats for the rest of his life.
Ariania Huffington was on air saying she knows of kids with bachlor degree working as waitress .
One they can't be outsourced. Two a good waitress will earn more take home money than most teachers. .
Hope both of the two research the trade their going for and the school. There a lot of trade schools that also don't have jobs when you get out. Always pick a trade that canl lead to self employment someday. And listen to your parents. They learned the hard way what not to do.

February 10 2013 at 2:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ken

100K is nothing.
It won't last him even a year, after taxes and friends hitting him up for just a few bucks here and there
We've all seen people who win or inherit a small fortune only to piss is away in almost no time
.After they’ve stopped playing for two years, 78 percent of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are having trouble financially.
Sixty percent of NBA players go broke within five years of retirement.

February 10 2013 at 12:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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anwrose

Did you even read the article? He and his fiance will use the money to go to trade school so they can get better jobs. I'm sure you would have no idea what that would be like.

February 10 2013 at 1:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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kazz23

Ken is typical of the problem with today's American......too lazy to read and get the facts. He just looks at the article, scans the first sentence, and then makes an opinion. Multiply this moron times the millions of others, and you'll have exactly what's wrong with this country.

February 10 2013 at 4:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
kmitnck0405

II imagine to him the amount he won more then triples his salary even after taxes. From his perspective its almost like winning a million. Considering what his salary was he probably didnt have a lot of expenditures so 67K could last his two maybe three years at most if he manages it right.

February 10 2013 at 8:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim and Amy

He quit his burger flipping job because he now feels he is "rich". Is $67000 enough money to put himself and his fiance through trade school and pay all of their bills for the next few years while they are in school? And since he did quit his job, where is his health insurance coming from? Is he going to get government funded healthcare? And what if he gets into an accident or becomes ill? Is someone going to pay all of his bills....
Government would do the world a huge favor by making it mandatory for all high schoolers to take a mandatory citizen class - what is a responsible US citizen and how does life REALLY works.

February 10 2013 at 7:46 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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Drew

Why do you care?....maybe 67K IS enough for him to live easily....you don't know his situation at all....how do you know he doesn't have insurance through another source?...you think you know about being a citizen?....you know it all because you are who???.....God?....I think not!

February 10 2013 at 7:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
poll100

You can be sure he wasn't getting health insurance.

February 10 2013 at 12:54 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
RVFLSLVB

Wow. What a big chunk of taxes taken. Bleeping government. Spend it wisely Kyle. That may seem like alot of money but it really isn't.

February 10 2013 at 7:24 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
WarehouseFlats

govt takes almost fifty percent of what you make off the top. nice raquet...

February 10 2013 at 5:51 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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itooso

Almost 50% is too much for them to take, and the bigger the jackpot the more the gov't takes. They have their hands in everyones pocket.

February 10 2013 at 6:46 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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BARRY AND KATHY

When he files his taxes at the end of the year, He will most likely get some of it back.

February 10 2013 at 12:32 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down
sjbraden

32% in federal and state taxes on gambling winnings--32K out of 100K. A far cry from 50% and he will probably recoup most of both at tax filing time.

February 13 2013 at 1:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
Drew

WAAAHHHH!!!!....it's too much!!!!!.....one of your republican presidents once raised the tax rate for the rich to over 90%.....for all the complaints, the wealthy STILL got richer, and strangely enough, the country experienced growth and prosperity.....If you don't like paying taxes then why don't you try moving somewhere where the taxes are extremely low.....like Somalia...or Papua New Guinea...but you might have to spend your tax savings on a private security force....

February 10 2013 at 8:05 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
viperbl

noice!

February 10 2013 at 4:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
aevf101

fls56..For what? For all the "free stuff" everyone thinks they are entitled to. Hope this kid really does use the money for long term education and training and doesn't blow it on "stuff".

February 10 2013 at 2:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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