It’s wrong that Margaret Coward had her prize stolen out from under her. As a contestor I can appreciate her excitement when she rolled and won. That’s exactly why she shared her joy on Facebook. Margaret wanted her friends to know.
Margaret was shocked when one of her ‘friends’ claimed the prize ahead of her. Sadly, I am not shocked. Even people you believe you know well can surprise you with their behavior.
I learned a long time ago, after I was attacked by Internet trolls, to stop posting my wins online. Currently, as I am so busy and my daily entries have virtually stopped, when I do win I thank the sponsor publicly via social media. I have noticed posting small wins far and few between keep the friends supportive and the trolls away.
However, I would never post a win before I claimed my prize because until you claim it, legally you have not won. Thankfully, Tim Horton’s is making it right, but legally they don’t have to.
It’s also why I was shocked when one of the three winning Powerball ticket holders went on TV before claiming the prize! In my mind they were just asking to be mugged or killed.
That leaves me with two questions for you:
- Do you trust your Facebook friends?
- Have you ever announced you won before you claimed the prize?