Winning the lottery is not always as glamorous as it might seem. There are handfuls of people who have ultimately been cursed by their good fortune. In some cases, these winners simply can’t stop spending their money. They assume the money will last forever, but before they realize it their friends, relatives and local business investors have drained away the new found fortune. In other cases, the lottery winnings attract violence and betrayal, where third parties plan on attacking the lottery winner with the goal of robbery. Read on to learn about such stories and how good luck can quickly turn sour.
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Basehore actually won the lotto twice within a five-month span. She won $3.9 million in 1985, then another $1.4 million, putting the odds at a whopping 1 in 15 trillion. She must have taken her luck for granted because 15 years later she became bankrupt from spending and giving too much away. She currently lives in a trailer park.
“Winning the lottery isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Everybody wanted my money. Everybody had their hand out”, she told Bankrate.
Dampier won $20 million in the 1996 Illinois lottery. He used the money on his family but also started a popcorn business. He was carrying on an affair with his sister-in-law, Victoria Jackson. Later in 2005, Victoria and her other boyfriend, Nathaniel Jackson (no relation), planned on robbing Dampier. Things got out of hand, and Nathaniel Jackson said to Victoria “Shoot him or I’ll shoot you”. The aftermath wasn’t all that forgiving for Dampier, as he wound up dead.
Linskey won about $14 million in 1991. The catch is that Linskey bought the ticket from a liquor store owned by mobster Whitey Bulger, a crazy man straight from some Hollywood gangster flick. Bulger decided to have a meeting with Linskey. Afterwards, Linskey was all to eager to claim that he bought the ticket alongside the mobster Bulger. Linskey probably forfeited about $7 million so he could keep his life.
Back when she was about 16-years-old, Callie Rogers won the equivalent of $3 million over in Britain. Thankful for her good luck, she proceeded to shower her friends and loved ones with gifts, but she also spent much on partying, breast implants and clothing. Her fortune lasted about six years until she faced bankruptcy. She was forced to take up three cleaning-style jobs, and moved in with her mother.
Clayton won $1 million in 2011 on the Michigan lottery show Make Me Rich! At the time, she was on Welfare, receiving about $200 each month. After winning, however, she let the checks keep coming for nearly a year. She eventually got caught and received two felony counts, the penalty requiring five years of jail time for each. She told ABC news that “I thought they would cut me off, but they didn’t, so I thought it was maybe okay because I wasn’t working”.
Be Careful When You Celebrate
Back in 2013, a man who worked at a Sonic fast-food joint stopped and bought a scratch ticket one evening. He won $75,000, and to celebrate he bought some marijuana and methamphetamines. Later at home, he was reloading his lighter while foolishly standing next to a gas stove. The gas pilot caught, and his house exploded. The ironic thing was that once authorities arrived and put out the fire, there were enough drugs left over to put the man in jail.
Jose Antonio Cua-Toc
In 2010, illegal immigrant Jose Antonio Cua-Toc won $750,000. However, he was afraid to cash the ticket because he didn’t have a visa, so he asked his boss to do so, who was happy to oblige. Well, the boss cashed the ticket but later feigned ignorance. A lawsuit followed, which Cua-Toc won, but it proved costly and he was not left with much of the winnings. He was then given a choice since he was an illegal immigrant: leave voluntarily, or be deported.
William Post III
Post won $16.2 million in the Pennsylvania lottery in 1998. His brother soon hired a hit man to kill Post and his wife, but the hit was averted and the brother was arrested. He was constantly plagued by relatives and other businesses to provide investment money. He eventually declared bankruptcy, and in 2006, at the 66-years-old, died from respiratory failure.
Timothy Elliot was diagnosed with schizophrenia after he was caught robbing a convenience store back in 2006. Since he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, he was put on probation instead of going to jail. One thing off-limits during his probation was gambling. But in 2007, he won $1 million on a state lotto ticket. The powers-that-be found out and arraigned him a couple days later, and he was forced to give up his winnings. Luckily, though, Elliot won in court and his winnings were reinstated.