Hum. Guy wins trip to space (aboard SpaceShipOne). Trip valued $138000. IRS asks for taxes on that, $25000. Guy decides he doesn’t have $25000 and gives up trip.
What a fool.
The publicity from this alone is probably worth more than $25000. Hell, it’s probably a once in a lifetime experience. $25k? You can pay that off in 5-6 years. And this guy just gave up on it.
Maybe he hopes that if he cries loud enough someone will cover those $25k too. But either way, he’s a loser.