Unfortunately, when you win the lotto, your name will forever be on the internet.
The fame, the money, the constant luck you will feel you have every time you feel the cool breeze walking into a casino. You just won the largest payout jackpot. You are just too cool.
Many people still ask themselves, “I wonder what happened to those powerball winners?“, and you come to find out that some of them are living well in their casual yacht, some of them thought their backyard was too small so they bought a portion of the Caribbean Sea, and others, well, weren’t so lucky. Whether it was too much partying or spending, these humans had it all! Let’s not forget their short-lived life as millionaires.
Don’t worry, there is nothing to be jealous about.
16-year old Rogers was the youngest in the UK to hit the lotto in 2003.
Won/Lost: 1.9 million pounds
Blowups: plastic surgeries, drugs, and partying like it was 1999
Now: studying nursing
Net worth: 2,000 pounds
Probably the saddest of the bunch.
Won/Lost: 3.1 million dollars, 1989
Blowups: went broke 2 years later due to drugs addiction, divorce settlement, and possibly murdering a person
Net worth: who knows
Lara and Robert Griffith
A non-compatible couple surely had to win the lotto to make their marriage right. Wrong.
Won/Lost: 1.8 million pounds, 2005
Blowups: fancy house (later burned down), high-end fashion accessories, a Porsche
Net worth: unknown as Robert left Lara and is living with his parents; online sources state parents currently give him an allowance of 7 pounds
Won the largest payout at the time (1981).
Won/Lost: 5 million dollars
Blowups: several marriages, divorce settlements, gambling at the track
Net worth: $250/week, currently living on pension and SSI
Poisoned by her husband.
Won/Lost: 5 million dollars, 1991
Blowups: sent 2 million dollars to daughter that was not her husband’s; he later found out and poisoned her. Of course, he was respectful enough before he got arrested and asked her family if they could pay for her funeral. What a gentleman.
Net worth: Well, she died.
Won the lottery, hid it from her 25-years-of-marriage husband, divorced her husband to keep all of the money. Brilliant plan.
Won/Lost: 1.3 million dollars, 1996
Blowups: judge ruled she had broken asset disclosure laws so she had to give her husband every single penny she won
Net worth: whatever her last job was paying her
When she won the lotto, she vowed to “Spend! Spend! Spend!”
Won/Lost: 4.5 million dollars, 1961
Blowups: new car every 6 months, designer dresses, “finer things in life”
Net worth: she was seeking employment in 2007 in her 70’s and could not find anybody who wanted to hire her. She lives on a weekly pension amounting to $131
Now has to take the bus to her part-time job in order to support her family.
Won/Lost: 10.5 million, 2004
Blowups: trips and gifts for family and friends, new cars, new house
Net worth: unknown
Billie Bob Harrell Jr.
No longer was stocking shelves at Home Depot.
Won/Lost: 31 million dollars, 1997
Blowups: bought a ranch and a few homes, made many loans to people
Networth: took his own life 2 years later
Suzanne Mullins (not pictured)
After winning, she borrowed from a company that lends to lottery winners when “money got tight.”
Won/Lost: 4.2 million dollars, 1993
Blowups: spent the money instead of paying back the lender company
Networth: -$154,000 (what she still owed in 2004 to the company)
Interesting and sad stories, but all in all, save your gambling money in your pocket and increase your emergency fund instead!