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Joe Joseph, our sage for the 21st century, solves readers' ethical dilemmas

By Joe Joseph   March 2011

Must we share our wealth?

We’ve had a win—decent, but not huge—on the National Lottery. My (large) family would think it a betrayal were I not to share such good fortune. But with a large mortgage, modest income and two children, we need the money ourselves. I reckon we could spend it discreetly and they need never know. Is it acceptable to keep quiet about the win?

The odds of your family not finding out about your windfall are shorter even than Mickey Rooney on his bended knees (a position in which the actor finds himself pretty regularly, what with…

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