We are the crazy lotto winners. We are starting off the day by reminding you of the craziest stories of lottery winners. Have a look below at the most cray crazy story of lottery winners:
A Quick Guide on How Not To Spend Your Fortune
Here we have a lottery win that started out as a success story but ended up having a winner that couldn’t deal with becoming so rich so quickly. Michael Carroll won a fabulous £9.7 million on the UK National Lottery. He bought a lottery ticket with his last £4 and won an amount that could’ve changed his life for the better. Instead of making his life better in the way most people would consider, he went on a decade long downward spiral by spending his money on prostitutes, drugs and bailouts. His wife, who was pregnant at the time, divorced him not long after his lottery win due to his many infidelities as he started a life of alcohol infused partying with many different women with drugs served up on silver platters. It was said that he was using around £2000’s worth of cocaine every day and his home was known to everyone as an orgy Mecca where he slept with as many as eight different women a night.
The rock n roll lifestyle of wrecking houses and properties and cars was a routine played out every day. So what happened to him once the money ran out? He now delivers logs for a living at £10 per hour living a now peaceful life but not regretting a single day of his debauched lifestyle or where he spent his money. Each to their own we suppose but it was a shame he didn’t have more self control and invested at least some of his money.
Carl Atwood: A Win That Didn’t Last
Carl Atwood’s lottery story is not a very long one. He seemed to be a normal everyday lottery winner where he wins the lottery and gets his prize money so he could possibly do something special with it. In 2004, fate had other plans for him after he won $57,000 on a television lottery game show in Indiana, USA. About two hours after the show wrapped up, Carl got struck and knocked down by a pickup truck on his way to the grocery store where he purchased his winning lottery ticket. Unfortunately he didn’t make it after passing away at the local hospital. It was a really sad turn of events if ever there was one.
Kevin Hatcher: Making Bad Decisions Can Cost You
In 1995, Kevin Hatcher, an 18 year old man from Kent, had to make what was possibly a life changing decision. He had to decide whether to invest 50 pence into a lottery syndicate just before that day’s draw or spend it on a pint of beer he was craving for. The beer was too tempting and so his friend Paul took his place in the lottery syndicate that day. Paul won £900,000 which was his share of the £2.7 million winnings, right under Kevin’s nose who of course regretted the bad decision of buying the beer instead of investing in the syndicate that day. Not long after, members of the syndicate were deciding what new car to buy and where to go on holiday abroad while Kevin was still scraping up enough to buy himself a pint of beer. It was very unfortunate for Kevin making that bad decision.
Charles Jackson: A Fortune Cookie’s Numbers Win a Multi-Million Dollar Lottery
We actually arrive at a real lottery success story where a happy North Carolina grandfather, Charles Jackson, who never ever imagined in his wildest dreams he would become a multi millionaire thanks to a fortune cookie that his granddaughter bought for him while at a local Vietnamese restaurant. He used the numbers from inside the fortune cookie on a USA Powerball ticket he bought and the numbers came up showing he’d won.At first, he thought he’d won $50,000 but later found out he’d actually won the huge jackpot of $344.6 million. He opted to take the lump sum payment which was a very nice $233 million and said he would spend some of the money on his family and give to charity as well. Just imagine the joy he must have felt winning such an amazing amount of money all from that little fortune cookie his granddaughter gave him.
Money Problems After Winning a Lottery
This last story is pretty crazy and almost unbelievable where William Post won $16.2 million in 1988. He became bankrupt in a very short time after his win. It wasn’t just a case of his bad decision making skills but rather from the awful and greedy members of his family and so called friends.His dreadful brother actually hired a hitman to take out William and his wife so he could inherit the winnings. Other members of his family were deceitful by making him put money into their restaurant which ended up swallowing up quite a chunk of the prize money. Then his landlord tricked him into stealing some of it. He was also arrested for pulling a gun and firing at a debt collector. It turned out very sad for a man whose life was already tough to begin with. The moral of his story is to take professional advice when winning large sums of money.
What Can We Learn From These Lottery Winner Stories?
Winning any lottery is all about luck and it may just fall into your lap one day provided you keep playing of course. Then there is trying to deal with a huge amount of money that will either make you or break you depending on whether you make any foolish decisions with the winnings or not. Try not to become a crazy winner that gets it all wrong. It’s best for you not to be on that list.