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January 14, 2014

One-day millionaire

REMEMBER the movie Brewster’s Millions? The plot is about Monty Brewster who is a Minor League Baseball pitcher.  He and his best friend, Spike was arrested and cannot afford bail. A stranger offers bail and invited him to New York City.  At the Manhattan law office of Granville & Baxter, Brewster is told that his recently deceased great-uncle Rupert Horn, whom he has never met, has left him his entire fortune but with several conditions.
Brewster is challenged to either take $1 million upfront, or spend $30 million within 30 days to inherit $300 million. If he chooses the former, the law firm becomes the executor of the estate and divides the money among charities (after taking a fee). In the latter case, after 30 days, he may not own any assets that are not already his, and he must get value for the services of anyone he hires. He may donate only 5 percent to charity and lose 5 percent by gambling. And he is not allowed to tell anyone, even Spike. Brewster decides to take the $30-million challenge. 
The story encourages Brewster to be what we literally call a one-day millionaire for the next 30 days. However, he has to afford to be one due to the impending reward.

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