Wiccan ‘high priest’ Bunky Barlett who won $49 million dollars is planning to open a school for witches – a real life Hogwarts. Bunky who quit his day job, a bookkeeping service after winning the lottery.
I’m not really sure how you become a high priest in the Wiccan church – I’m pretty sure that it involves at a least dozen box tops and a self addressed stamp though.
He told the Associated Press that his school will teach not just about Wicca but also about multiple spiritual traditions, as well as offering training in practical skills like financial management.
Bartlett has already contributed to a Special Olympics event, to Mystickal Voyage, a New Age shop where he currently teaches, and to a Stonehenge preservation group in England.
The following video is from The Associated Press, broadcast on October 30, 2007.
Bartlett had not decided if he will accept his winnings as an annuity or choose the lump sum cash option. The jackpot could get larger once ticket sales are tallied, Roogow said, but the lump sum payment would be at least $48.7 million, or about $32 million after taxes.
According to preliminary calculations, each ticket would be worth about $82 million if the prize were taken in 26 annual payments.
Bartlett said the money won’t change him, although he plans to invest in Mystickal Voyage. “I’m going to live my life like I have been,” he said.
The odds that any ticket would match all five numbers – 8, 18, 22, 40 and 44 – and the Mega Ball number – 11 – were one in 176 million.
Bartlett does look like he should be wearing comfortable shoes, voting democratic and running a bed and breakfast somewhere. His wife Denise swears he is a man so we will take him for is word though.
If having your kids be anywhere near this creepy looking guy doesn’t give you pause, the fact that he’s running a school for witches should rule out most responsible parents from attending his school. Although most school districts are overrun by illegal aliens whose parents don’t speak English will be oblivious to his hair brained Wicca subject matter and will confuse him for a kindly old woman so he should have a pretty full class.
They mythical and majestic Hogwarts School of Wizardry.
They newly opened Hogwart’s School of Magic, off I-17 two blocks from Costco. Your kids might be in for a real life dose of reality when real life doesn’t live up to fantasy. Oh well, welcome to the adult world – it will prepare them for marriage and all the impending disappointments to be experienced growing up.
On the plus side hell may or may not exist so your children’s eternal souls are only possibly damned.