How often have the words “I wish I could just win the lottery,” rolled off your tongue? Probably a few times at work when your boss makes you do something tedious, or when you can’t afford that vacation to Europe you’ve been meaning to take.
These 13 lottery winners may tell you to be careful what you wish for.
Denise Rossi won $1.3 million in the California lotto, didn't tell her husband, and divorced him just days later.
Her husband, Thomas, found his wife's behaviour very strange, but moved out anyway. It wasn't until two years later that Thomas received a letter to his new Los Angeles apartment (accidentally postmarked to him) revealing his ex-wife had won the lottery.
Thomas took Denis to court for not disclosing the money in the divorce papers and the judge awarded Thomas the money in full.
If Denise had disclosed the money during the divorce, she more than likely would have been able to keep all, or at least half of the cash.
Bazil Thorne won $2.2 million back in 1950. About a month later, his son Graeme went missing and Thorne received a ransom note for the money he had won from the kidnappers.
But when it was time to give the money to the kidnappers to get his son back, the kidnappers never answered. This was Australia's first kidnapping and there was a massive search for Graeme.
Unfortunately he was found murdered on August 16.
Ibi Roncaiolo and her husband Dr. Joseph Roncaiolo's marriage had been on the rocks. Ibi was a heavy drinker, and high spender, and their son felt as though his parents didn't really care about eachother.
Then Ibi won $5 million from a lottery ticket. After she quickly burned through that, her husband got suspicious. Ibi kept track of all the finances in the home, so Joseph had little idea of how much money they had.
When Joseph looked into their finances, and realised Ibi had burned completely through their savings he snapped. The doctor then injected his wife with two lethal shots of anesthetics, killing her.
In the mid-'80s, Adams won the lottery twice; once in 1985 and again in 1986 to defy all odds against her. The New Jersey native won a cool $5.4 million but was a heavy gambler. And with Atlantic City being located in New Jersey, it wasn't long before Adams had lost all her money. Today, she now lives in a trailer park and is flat broke.
$1.9 million may sound like a lot but you can't live off it forever.
Welsh-born Luke Pittard won a £1.3 million jackpot ($1.9m USD) in 2006 but spent it all on a trip to the Canary Islands, a wedding, and a house. A year-and-a-half later, Pittard was forced to take up a job in a McDonald's flipping burgers. He says he's happy though and his leftover winnings still collect interest.
Source: Business Pundit
Micheal Carroll won $15.5 million (£9.7 million) in the London lotto, but in just eight years, he blew through it.
What did he spend his money on? Drugs, gambling, and prostitutes.
Now, Carroll is living off unemployment checks, which give him about $67 (£42) per week.
Dampier and his wife won the $20 million prize back in 1996 and used the winnings to help his family out by buying them houses and the like. He also started a gourmet popcorn store in Tampa, Florida which performed quite well and provided jobs for his family.
But in July of 2005, Dampier went to visit his sister-in-law and her boyfriend when she claimed she had car troubles. Her boyfriend pulled a pistol on Dampier and the two kidnapped him and killed him. They were ultimately convicted in 2006 and 2006 and received life sentences for their crimes.
Abraham Shakespeare could barely read and was working as a truck driver's assistant. Then luckily one day he won $30 million in the Florida lottery. He said he found out he won after giving the last $3 he had in his pocket to a homeless man.
Shakespeare had a criminal record, and decided to take the lumpsum of $16.9 million. He didn't buy much, a car, a rolex, a house, and he was generous with the rest, helping family and friends.
But then Shakespeare went missing. Later he was found dead, and Dorice Moore was found guilty of his murder. Moore was a friend who managed his finances.
A Pentecostal preacher working as a stockboy at Home Depot hit the $31 million jackpot back in 1997. At first, life was good with Billy Bob buying a ranch, six other homes, and some new cars. Like many others who win the lottery, he was unable to simply say 'NO!' when people asked him for a handout.
Later in life he divorced his wife and eventually committed suicide, the stress apparently too much to handle for this lottery winner.
Source: Business Pundit
In 1989, Willie won a $3.1 million jackpot in the Michigan Lottery and was on top of the world.
Fast forward to two years later and Hurt was divorced, lost custody of his children, charged with attempted murder, and had one hell of a crack-cocaine addiction. So bad that he blew through his entire fortune.
Mullins won the lottery back in 1993 and opted for yearly payouts instead of a lump sum. As a result, she quickly found herself in debt and used her future payouts as collateral for a $200,000 loan. Mullins later switched to a lump sum payout but never paid back her debts. The loan company filed suit and won judgment for a $154k settlement but they haven't collected anything because Mullins reportedly has no assets.
In 1988, William 'Bud' Post won a $16.2 million jackpot in the Pennsylvania state lottery. That was the start of his problems.
An ex-girlfriend sued him for a share of winnings and won, his brother hired a hit man to try to kill him hoping to inherit some winnings, and other relatives bugged him constantly for money. Within one year, Post was $1 million in debt and filed for bankruptcy. He now lives on food stamps and a $450 month stipend.
Jack Whittaker won the biggest single lottery ticket as of Christmas day in 2002, in West Virginia--a whopping $314.9 million. At first Whittaker put his money to good use, donating to charities, building churches, and helping out friends and family.
But then it got ugly, and Whittaker told everyone who wanted money from him 'could kiss off.' His wife and daughter began to resent him, he was drugged had $545,000 stolen from his car in cash while he was at a strip club, then he had another $100,000 in cash stolen from his car, a few weeks later was charged with a DUI.
His granddaughter also became resentful and turned into a drug addict, and eventually, she died of a drug overdose. She was able to buy these drugs because of the unlimited amounts of money available, Whittaker said his granddaughter was his world.
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