Give a beggar a horse, and he'll ride it to death.

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Give a beggar a horse, and he'll ride it to death.

If a poor person suddenly comes into wealth, they will inevitably use it in unscrupulous or irresponsible ways. It was a heartwarming story to hear about the homeless man who found a winning lottery ticket for nearly $2 million. But just a year later, he's back in the headlines for being back on the streets, having squandered all that money on drugs, alcohol, and expensive super cars. Truly, you give a beggar a horse, and he'll ride to the devil.
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