THE CIRCUMSPECT behavior of modern-day lottery winners almost makes you long for the days when spontaneity reigned. Not too long ago, winners could hardly wait to cash in and announce their plans.
Lately, jackpot ticket-holders have demonstrated unusual composure. Showered with a torrent of cash beyond their wildest dreams, these folks have resorted to logic. Instead of immediately jumping into the car and gunning the pedal to lottery headquarters, winners have stopped first to consult a financial planner or accountant.
A Boston baby sitter waited a week before claiming her $197 million prize in April, while she sought legal advice and her bearings.