Have you ever heard the statement, “Money can’t buy you brains”? – well ,it is true for some lottery winners who blew their winnings and threw away their chance at the American Dream.
The top 5 dumbest things people have done after winning the lottery in our humble opinion are as follows:
- Winning young and blowing it: 16 year-old Callie Rogers won $3 million in Britain and went on an immediate shopping spree for breast implants, multiple houses, and drugs. Where is she now? Broke and suicidal.
- Adopting bad habits: Jack Whittaker won $315 million and ten years later, his daughter and granddaughter had both died of drug overdoses, his wife divorced him, and while frequenting a strip club, he was drugged and robbed of $545,000 in cash.
- Created debts: William “Bud” Post won $16.2 million and within 1 year, he was $1 million in debt. His former girlfriend successfully sued him for a share of the winnings and his brother hired a hit man to kill him in the hopes of an inheritance payout.
- Trusting the wrong person: A Guatemalan native who was staying in the USA illegally couldn’t believe his luck when he won the lottery. He feared claiming the prize himself due to his undocumented status so he asked his employer to get the money for him. Instead of handing it over to the winner, the employer stole every cent.
- Gamble the money away: Many winners think that now that they have won the lottery, they possess all the luck in the world. A winner from New Jersey won the lottery not once, but twice in succeeding years. Winning a total prize value of $5,4 million she pushed her luck a little too far, and lost a massive portion of her wealth in Atlantic City gambling. She now lives in a trailer park with no money left to her name.
If you hold the winning numbers of the Powerball lottery, you don’t want to go down as one of the many winners who blew it all. Get the right advice, from trusted people who will guide you to future wealth. Winning the lottery is a dream come true, don’t let it be a nightmare because you made stupid mistakes with your winnings.