Didn’t win Powerball? Count your blessings
The odds of winning are almost as bad as the odds of surviving.
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.
While 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.
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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.
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