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|Some Very Unlucky Lottery Winners by prof2007: 1:49pm On Nov 17, 2019|
Winning a jackpot is assumed to be due to a stroke of good luck.
However, for some Lotto winners, their good fortune seems to run out the day they receive the payout. Here are some practical examples of people who would probably have been better off not winning the Lottery...
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(1). LARA AND ROGER GRIFFITHS BOUGHT THEIR DREAM HOME … AND THEN LIFE FELL APART
Before they won a $2.76 million lottery jackpot in 2005, Lara and Roger Griffiths, of England, reportedly never argued. Then they won and bought a million-dollar barn-converted house and a Porsche, not to mention luxurious trips to Dubai, Monaco, and New York City.
Media stories say their fortune ended in 2010 when a freak fire gutted their house, which was underinsured, forcing them to shell out for repairs and seven months of temporary accommodations.
Shortly after, there were claims that Roger drove away in the Porsche after Lara confronted him over emails suggesting that he was interested in another woman. That ended their 14-year marriage.
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(2). BUD POST LOST $16.2 MILLION WITHIN A NIGHTMARISH YEAR — AND HIS OWN BROTHER ALLEGEDLY PUT OUT A HIT ON HIM
William "Bud" Post won $16.2 million in the Pennsylvania lottery in 1988, but he was $1 million in debt within a year. "I wish it never happened," Post said. "It was totally a nightmare."
A former girlfriend successfully sued him for a third of his winnings, and his brother was arrested for allegedly hiring a hit man to kill him in the hopes he'd inherit a share of the winnings.
After sinking money into family businesses, Post sank into debt and spent time in jail for firing a gun over the head of a bill collector. "I was much happier when I was broke," he said, according to The Washington Post.
Bud lived quietly on $450 a month and food stamps until his death in 2006.
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(3). MARTYN AND KAY TOTT WON A $5 MILLION JACKPOT, BUT LOST THE TICKET
Martyn Tott, 33, and his 24-year-old wife Kay, from the UK, missed out on a $5 million lottery fortune after losing their ticket.
A 7-week investigation by Camelot Group, the company that runs the UK's national lottery, convinced officials their claim to the winning ticket was legitimate. But since there is a 30-day time limit on reporting lost tickets, the company was not required to pay up, and the jackpot became the largest unclaimed amount since the lottery began in 1994.
"Thinking you're going to have all that money is really liberating. Having it taken away has the opposite effect," Kay Tott told The Daily Mail. "It drains the life from you and puts a terrible strain on your marriage. It was the cruelest torture imaginable."
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(4). SHARON TIRABASSI WON $10 MILLION, BUT EVENTUALLY RETURNED TO HER OLD LIFE
In 2004, Sharon Tirabassi, a single mother who had been on welfare, cashed a check from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. for more than $10 million Canadian dollars.
She spent her winnings on a "big house, fancy cars, designer clothes, lavish parties, exotic trips, handouts to family, loans to friends," and in less than a decade she was back "riding the bus, working part-time, and living in a rented house."
"All of that other stuff was fun in the beginning, now it's like, back to life," she told The Hamilton Spectator.
Luckily, Tirabassi put some of her windfall in trusts for her six children, who would be able to claim the money when they turned 26.
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(5). EVELYN MARIE ADAMS GAMBLED IT ALL AWAY IN ATLANTIC CITY
Against all odds, Adams won the lottery twice, once in 1985 and again in 1986. The New Jersey native won $5.4 million, but AskMen.com reports that she gambled it away in Atlantic City.
Adams also told The New York Times in 1993 that the publicity she received led to a bombardment of requests for financial assistance.
"I was known," she said, "and I couldn't go anywhere without being recognized."
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(6). TONDA LYNN DICKERSON WAS FORCED TO PAY GIFT TAX
Tonda Lynn Dickerson, a former Waffle House waitress, got served a big plate of karma when she reportedly refused to split her winnings with colleagues and was forced to pay the taxman $1,119,347.90.
How did it happen? Dickerson placed her winnings in a corporation and granted her family 51% of the stock, qualifying her for the tax.
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(7). GERALD MUSWAGON ENDED UP FEELING SORRY FOR PARTYING
In 1998, Gerald Muswagon won the $10 million Super 7 jackpot in Canada. But he couldn't handle the instant fame that came with winning the grand prize, according to Canada's Globe and Mail.
"He bought several new vehicles for himself and friends, purchased a house that turned into a nightly 'party pad' and often celebrated his new lifestyle with copious amounts of drugs and alcohol," The Globe and Mail reported. "In a single day, he bought eight big-screen televisions for friends."
Muswagon also poured money into a logging business that failed because of low sales.
He was eventually forced to take a job doing heavy lifting on a friend's farm just to make ends meet, according to The Globe and Mail. According to media reports, Muswagon hanged himself in his parents' garage in 2005.
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(. SUZANNE MULLINS COULDN'T DIG HERSELF OUT OF DEBT
Suzanne Mullins won $4.2 million in the Virginia lotto in 1993.
She split the yearly payments 3 ways with her husband and daughter, leaving Mullins with about $47,000 a year. She quickly found herself in debt — her lawyer said she shelled out $1 million for her uninsured son-in-law's medical bills.
"It's been a hard road," Mullins' lawyer Michael Hart told the Associated Press in 2004. "It's not been jet plane trips to the Bahamas." She used future payouts to take out a $200,000 loan with a company that served a specific market — lottery winners who need their money faster.
Mullins later switched to a lump-sum payout, but never paid back the debt. The loan company filed suit and won a $154,000 settlement that was all but worthless. Mullins had no assets.
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(9). AMERICO LOPES QUIT HIS JOB, LIED ABOUT WINNING, AND THEN GOT SUED
Construction worker Americo Lopes won the New Jersey lottery, quit his job, and lied about it, claiming he needed foot surgery, according to reports from The New York Times.
After coming clean to a former coworker, he and a few others ganged up on Lopes for not splitting the winnings as promised. In a fraud suit, the coworkers claimed they had all pitched in for the winning ticket. The court ordered Lopes to split the prize.
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(10). IBI RONCAIOLI WAS MURDERED BY HER HUSBAND AFTER SHE SQUANDERED HER WINNINGS
Ontario resident Ibi Roncaioli walked away with $5 million in a 1991 Lotto/649 drawing, but she didn't tell her husband how she decided to spend it.
When Joseph Roncaioli, a gynecologist, found out Ibi gave $2 million of her fortune to a secret child she'd had with another man, he poisoned her with painkillers, according to reports from the Toronto Star.
He was convicted on manslaughter charges and reportedly asked Ibi's family to help foot the bill for her funeral.
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|Re: Some Very Unlucky Lottery Winners by Kampack: 9:10pm On Nov 17, 2019|
None in Nigeria?
Our arrangee loto, MMM, bet9ja etc?
|Re: Some Very Unlucky Lottery Winners by TheEconomist: 10:28pm On Nov 17, 2019|
Efe of BBN fame.
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