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15 Lottery Winners And How They Lost Their Prize Money

Thursday, Aug 12, 2021, 4:16 pm


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Good luck doesn't always make good things happen. The people you are about to see now were definitely the luckiest people on earth. They were one in millions who managed to grab a huge amount of money in lotteries. However, things didn't really go right for them. In no time, they went from riches to rags. Read fifteen unbelievable stories of lottery winners who lost all or a huge part of their prize money after winning a big lottery.
1.Callie Rogers Spent Approx $3 Million Winnings

The British girl won the National Lottery Jackpot worth approx $3 million, back in 2003. She spent the money on breast implant surgeries, parties, and drugs. Callie Rogers said she had spent approx $380,000 only on cocaine. She is now an ordinary single mother living with her three kids in a rented house. 


Callie Rogers Spent Approx  Million Winnings-15 Lottery Winners And How They Lost Their Prize Money




2.Ryan Magee - Broke Despite Winning a $10 Million Lottery

Ryan Magee won £6.4m (approx $10 million) in 2003. The man bought a high-end Ferrari car, mansion, and bought everything he could to show off his newly got financial status. He later got losses in business - crashed his Ferrari – sold his properties.  Earlier this year, he made news when he was pulled over while driving a Ford Focus!


Ryan Magee - Broke Despite Winning a  Million Lottery-15 Lottery Winners And How They Lost Their Prize Money



3.A Man's Friend Stole His Winning Lottery Ticket

Santiago Gasca is undocumented immigrant living in Idaho. He recently bought a scratch-off lottery ticket that won him $40,000. Since he is an undocumented immigrant, he can't cash the winning ticket himself. He asked a friend to cash the ticket for him and offered $1000 for help. The lady deposited the money in her account and told the man to get lost! There is nothing much he could do, though.


A Man's Friend Stole His Winning Lottery Ticket-15 Lottery Winners And How They Lost Their Prize Money





4.Jack Whittaker

Jack Whittaker was already a rich man when he won the $314 million Powerball multi-state lottery. He chose one-time payout over an annuity, to which he got paid about $113 million in single lump sum payment. The man lost more than $700,000 in cash to thieves as he used to carry cash in suitcases. His granddaughter and her boyfriend were dead from drug overdose. His daughter died in 2009 for unknown reasons. His business was in troubles. 


Jack Whittaker-15 Lottery Winners And How They Lost Their Prize Money



5.Sharon Tirabassi Spent $10 Million in 10 Years

Sharon Tirabassi, a 35 year old lady from Ontario, won $10 million in the lottery a decade back. She bought properties, fancy cars, went on exotic trips. After ten years, nothing much left except those memories of being a rich woman. She is now living in a rented house and working part-time to make ends meet. 


Sharon Tirabassi Spent  Million in 10 Years-15 Lottery Winners And How They Lost Their Prize Money





6.Michael Carroll Spent $13.4 Million on Drugs and Stuff

Michael Carroll, a British guy, has won about $13.4 million when he was just a 19-year-old guy. The man said he spent everything on women, friends, parties, drugs and cars. By 2012, he ran out of cash. He now says he deeply regret spending money like some Roman emperor! He is now quietly working in a Cookie Factory.


Michael Carroll Spent .4 Million on Drugs and Stuff-15 Lottery Winners And How They Lost Their Prize Money



7.A California Man Lost $1 Million Lottery Ticket

The man you are now seeing in the picture bought a ticket at a local supermarket that won $1 million. The man never tried to claim his winning although he knew he won big money. The employees working at the supermarket have said the man might have lost his ticket. That must be very depressing for him.


A California Man Lost  Million Lottery Ticket-15 Lottery Winners And How They Lost Their Prize Money




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8.Vivian Nicholson Spent $4.5 Million in No Time

Vivian Nicholson spent nearly $4.5 million lottery cash in the span of a couple of years. Her husband won the cash in a lottery. By 2007, the family ran out of cash, and the lady started searching for a job. Vivian bought many things that are either not useful or not needed for the family.


Vivian Nicholson Spent .5 Million in No Time-15 Lottery Winners And How They Lost Their Prize Money



9.Family Who Lost Their Fortune in a Freak Fire Accident

Lara Griffiths and her husband were happy sometime back because the couple won approximately $2.5 million in a lottery. Like many, they too bought an expensive house and some high-end cars. Unfortunately, one day, their house completely got burnt because of a fire accident. Their property, cars, etc. were underinsured, which pushed the family back to where they had come from. 


Family Who Lost Their Fortune in a Freak Fire Accident-15 Lottery Winners And How They Lost Their Prize Money



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10.Cruel Boss

Hayati Kucukkoylu owns a Turkish restaurant in York, UK.  A waiter in his restaurant had a dream of him winning a lottery. The waiter suggested him to buy a lottery ticket. Hayati bought a lottery ticket and won $1.7 million! The waiter wanted half of the winnings, but the boss denied. He knocked the court's door, and the judge told the boss to pay half of the winnings to him.


Cruel Boss-15 Lottery Winners And How They Lost Their Prize Money



11.Michigan Man Gone Missing

A Michigan man named Arthur Neal, who won $20,000 in a lottery, went missing one day before he won the lottery. Authorities couldn't tell the reason behind his sudden disappearance. 


Michigan Man Gone Missing-15 Lottery Winners And How They Lost Their Prize Money





12.Son Stole $51 Million Winning Ticket from Mom

In 2012, a 76-year-old woman named Etta May Urquhart said her son has stolen $51 million winning ticket from her. He claimed the winnings to be his because his mother spent his money to buy the ticket. In the end, after a series of fights and consultations, the son received the bulk of the winning amount. 


Son Stole  Million Winning Ticket from Mom-15 Lottery Winners And How They Lost Their Prize Money



13.William Bud

William Bud won $16 million in the Pennsylvania Lottery in 1998. Strangely, in less than a year, the man ended up in $1 million debt. His girlfriend successfully sued and took away a big chunk of his money. His brother got arrested because he hired a hitman to kill him. He invested remaining money in his failing family business and went broke soon after. 


William Bud-15 Lottery Winners And How They Lost Their Prize Money



14.Evelyn Adams

The New Jersey woman won lottery not once, but twice in the 1980s. She got about $5.4 million from her two wins. Guess what? The lady spent all the money on gambling with no big luck, and in the end, she completely ran out of cash.


Evelyn Adams-15 Lottery Winners And How They Lost Their Prize Money



15.Gerald Muswagon - The Man Who Blew $10 Million in 7 Years

In 1998, a Canadian man named Gerald Muswagon won $10 Million in Super 7 Jackpot. He spent all the money on drinking and partying. 7 Years later, the man ran out of money and killed himself in his parent's garage out of deep remorse. 


Gerald Muswagon - The Man Who Blew  Million in 7 Years-15 Lottery Winners And How They Lost Their Prize Money



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