The most unlucky lottery winners of all time .With the rapid increase in jackpot sizes, winning a lottery can really make you a millionaire (or even a billionaire). But becoming rich is not the same as staying rich, especially when you can’t handle the sudden wealth and fame. Here are some of the most unlucky winners of the lottery of all time and what you should learn from them.
Billie Bob Harrell, Jr.
when Billie Bob Harrell, Jr. won the jackpot he was overjoyed. He took his family on vacations, made generous donations, and bought cars and houses for his friends and family. But with the winnings, he also received unwanted attention. He was forced to change his phone number several times because strangers were constantly asking for donations. He made a bad deal with a company that offered him a lump sum of cash in exchange for his annuity installments which left him with far less than what he had actually won. Not long after, he separated from his wife, Barbara Jean. This was just the beginning of a downward spiral that lead him to commit suicide. His son found him dead inside his own home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, right before he was set to have dinner with his ex-wife, on May 22, 1999. While family members were shocked by the suicide of Billie Bob Harrell, Jr., his financial advisor reported that not long before, Billie said that “winning the lottery is the worst thing that has happened to him.” When you win the lottery, stay as far as possible from the limelight and assemble a professional team to guide you through the legal and financial issues. They can protect you from bad financial choices and make sure that you continue to enjoy your good fortune.
Andrew “Jack” Whittaker
The net worth of Andrew “Jack” Whittaker was around $17 million when he won the lottery. He is believed to be the wealthiest man ever to win a lottery jackpot. He won a Powerball cash prize worth $315 million in December 2002. But after he won the lottery, he started spending it without any consideration and began drinking heavily. He spoiled his granddaughter with cash and 4 luxury cars. Not long after, his granddaughter’s boyfriend died of a drug overdose in his own house and his granddaughter also died of a drug overdose 3 months after the boyfriend’s death. Whittaker’s daughter (his granddaughter’s mother) was also found dead after 5 years. Eventually, his wife filed for divorce. In the end, Whittaker was left with no money and no loved ones. A lottery is something you should play responsibly and you should spend your winnings just as responsibly. Make a budget for your winnings and do not “over-treat” yourself. If you don’t give a second thought to how you are spending your money, you will eventually find that you have time to regret what you have done. Be cautious about how you plan to spend your money!
This unlucky winner never ran out of money. Instead, he had nearly $1.3 million in the bank when he died. He was spending his wealth fairly normally. He bought a luxurious new home and rented a $560,000 luxury box to watch his favorite soccer team, Aston Villa. He quit his job and started drinking “out of boredom”. Not long after, his wife left him. While he was being treated in rehab, he met a con-man name James Prince, who convinced him to make shady business deals, and gained access to his bank account to the tune of $1.1 million. The common thing between these unlucky winners is that they either lost their money or loved ones. Some of them even lost their lives. Take reasonable precautions before claiming and spending your lottery windfall to protect yourself from an unfortunate series of events.