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It is important to remember that winning the lottery will not solve all your problems. In fact many peoples lives became notably worse after they get super rich.
Here are the top 10 craziest true stores of lottery winners who won a life-changing sum of money but lost everything.
John McGuinness – $10 million
Soon after a golden opportunity soon came to John. He was offered the chance to become a board member of Scottish Football League side Livingston Football Club.
The football fan decided to sink $6 million into his beloved local club. Unfortunately, it sank quickly, taking him down with it.
Today, he’s £2 million in debt.
Evelyn Adams – $5.4 million
The New Jersey native won a cool $5.4 million in total but the party girl decided it would be a great idea to spend some of it in Atlantic City.
Adams got carried away with partying and spent her fortune on drinks, nightclubs and drugs.
Today, she resides in a trailer park.
Moral of the story? If you are ever lucky to win the lottery twice at least save one of the checks!
Ibi Roncailoli – $5 million
Roncailoli, decided to give $2 million of her fortune to a secret child she had with another man.
When her husband found out he was furious and poisoned his wife with painkillers.
Joseph Roncailoli, was found guilty of manslaughter and lost all the money. He reportedly even asked Ibi’s family to help foot the bill for her funeral.
Callie Rogers – $3 million
Callie went on a spending spree and threw down cash on everything from clothes to vacations to parties to breast enhancements.
Six years later, she was completely broke and in debt and was forced to take a job as a maid to support herself and her two children.
So, if you are thinking the strict 18-plus age minimum on playing the lottery in the U.S. is a bit too high, you now understand why.
Billie Bob Harrell Jr. – $31 million
The former preacher believed the win was heaven sent and ended up loaning out a lot of his money to so-called friends and family who came forward after hearing about his new found richness.
Being a man of god, Harrell gave away his money and never received any of it back.
He was broke within two years and sadly committed suicide only 20 months after initially winning the lottery.
Jeffrey Dampier – $20 million
However, his brother do not seem to think this was a good idea.
The two argued over the gourmet popcorn shop until one day accompanied by his girlfriend, Dampier’s brother shot him in the back of his head and left him in a van while they intended to run with his money.
Obviously, the two were caught and spent the rest of their lives in jail however it just proves trust no one!
Willie Hurt – $3.1 million
In 1989, Willie Hurt won a $3.1 million jackpot in the Michigan Lottery.
Just two years later, Hurt got divorced, lost custody of his children, charged with the attempted murder of his wife, and picked up crack-cocaine addiction which he blew his entire fortune on.
If this story shows us anything, it’s the importance of keeping a level head at all times.
William Bud Post – $16 million
Shortly after winning the $16.2 million his girlfriend sued him for some of his winnings and actually won her case.
Next, his brother attempted to hire a hit man to kill him so that he could get the money for himself but was unsuccessful.
And finally his other siblings persuaded him to make bad investments that left him $1 million in debt and living off social security checks at the time of his death.
All the lottery brought to Post was misery.
Janite Lee – $18 million
She donated much of her money to government-related programs and political organizations and even had dinner with former President Bill Clinton because to her contributions.
Furthermore, she gave $1 million to Washington University in St. Louis in order to build a new library, which they named after her.
But, there is always a dark side, Lee gambled a lot and finally ended up deep in debt to the point where she was forced to file for bankruptcy.
Alex and Rhoda Toth – $13 million
The prize was $13 million, and they opted to receive it in payments of $666,666 a year for 20 years so until 2010. However, despite their good intentions, things did not end well for them.
Unfortunately, they had lost nearly everything in 2006 due to court fees caused by family members suing the couple just to receive some of their winnings.
They were living in a tiny trailer park when the couple were arrested for tax evasion and ordered to pay $1.1 million to the IRS.
If these stories tell us anything it’s that while money can be a blessing, it can also be a curse.
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