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Didn’t win Powerball? Count your blessings

The odds of winning are almost as bad as the odds of surviving.

By Rich_Maloof Nov 30, 2012 5:40PM

Lottery officials are expected today to name the two Powerball winners who will share this week’s record $587 million jackpot. By now, you know it’s not you. So you’ll have to wait a little longer on that gilded in-ground pool next to the helipad — though it was nice to daydream, for a while, of how generous and crazy rich you were going to be.

Photo: Carlo Allegri/Newscom/ReutersWhile the winner from Dearborn, Mo., reportedly posted a message on Facebook reading, “Thank you God, we won the lottery,” a look back over some winners past makes you wonder whether it’s the big man above or the guy down below pulling the strings on the lives of lottery winners.

The Daily Dose rounded up some tragic stories of mega-loss when Mega-Millions hit $640 million earlier this year. As the Powerball fortune rolls over two new multimillionaires, we share three more cautionary tales.

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• Michael Carroll was a 19-year-old garbage collector and ex-con when he won a £9.7M (nearly $15 million USD) in a 2002 Scottish lottery. The fortune didn’t change him much: According to the Daily Mail, Carroll was jailed in 2004 after failing to comply with a drug treatment order and returned to the big house again after threatening teenagers with a baseball bat in 2006. Having squandered his money on parties, drugs, prostitutes, cars and jewelry, he later found work as a part-time painter. In August 2011, depressed and some 250 pounds overweight, Carroll made two unsuccessful attempts to take his own life.

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• A $16.9 million jackpot in 2009 changed the life of Lucien Nault, then a 77-year-old cab driver from Montreal. Nault shared a large portion of the winnings with his son Daniel and daughter-in-law Therese. Earlier this year, Therese was found dead at the bottom of a luxurious pool the couple had built. Three weeks later, Daniel was struck and killed by a Jeep as he chased his dog into the street.

• Having been on food assistance, 24-year-old Amanda Clayton was in need of a break when she won $1 million in a Michigan lottery on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. But Clayton came under legal fire and media scrutiny when it was discovered she was still collecting welfare after her payday. A year later, Clayton was found dead of an apparent drug overdose. "She was a nice, pleasant girl who never got in trouble, until she won the lottery," said her lawyer.

Photo: Carlo Allegri/Newscom/Reuters

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Aug 9, 2013 1:17PM
Why do they always publish the negative?  I've seen and read a lot of positive outcomes in people's lives due to the lottery.  Where are those stories here?
Aug 8, 2013 7:05PM
The only blessing in the fact that i lost is ,is that the lottery can;t steal half of my money
when i take the lump sum .
I still can't believe someone hasn't sued yet to stop this fraud perpetrated by the lottery
from taking half the money only because you take the lump sum instead of the
I still wish it was me with the problem i'm not stupid or am i.

Aug 8, 2013 5:04PM
Let me be the one to make that decision. I will count my blessings and my cash$$$!! all at the same time! Yea baby!
Dec 2, 2012 12:53AM
Count your blessings my butt. I'll prove I'm the exception to the rule if I win. It will solve a ton of problems for me. One of them is being bled dry by child support and I cant work my way out of it as its percentage based. My only hope is getting a second job and seeing my kid less or winning the lotto. Even if she takes 50% of my millions ill still have more than enough for me and my kid.
Nov 30, 2012 7:34PM
Count your blessing? LMAO, Try to sell that crap to a Winner... The truth is that many people would like an opportunity to at least know what it feels like to have that kind of money...
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