It’s almost a cliché in this day and age that when someone wins the lottery they’ll be broke and destitute before they even get their first check. Lottery winner horror stories are all too common these days. Not all of the stories are the same, but they begin the same way, with someone having the best day of their, and not realizing that they never should have played the lottery. On this list of lottery winner stories there are millionaires who became even richer while they circled the drain, garbage men who found out that they had a penchant for prostitutes, and a couple of people who just couldn’t stop gambling. If you’re a Powerball player or a scratch-off nut, be mindful of the stories on this list of lottery winners who lost everything. Lottery winners horror stories may always end with someone working at McDonalds, or fishing change out of the city dump, but that doesn’t mean that the same thing’s going to happen to you if you win the lottery. If you pay close enough attention to this list, there’s a good chance that your lottery-winning experience will play out in a much happier way. Just don’t buy a new car immediately, that seems to be where most of these people go wrong. Check out this list of the biggest lottery losers and start fantasizing about your lucky numbers.
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Lottery Winner Has to Split Winnings with a Waiter
In 2014, a waiter pestered his boss about buying lottery tickets after he had a dream that the manager, Hayati Kucukkoylu, was showing off a briefcase full of cash. Kucukkoylu went out and bought some lottery tickets and lo and behold – he won $1.7 million. Even though the manager bought the ticket and guessed the numbers, the waiter felt that he was entitled to half of the money since he was the guy who convinced his boss to buy a ticket in the first place. A judge ruled in favor of the waiter, saying he was “a strong believer in the power of dreams, he interpreted his own dream to mean that he and Mr. Kucukkoylu would win the lottery,” and that they were equally deserving of the winnings.
See what bad things happened to this international lottery winner.
Lottery Winner’s Son Steals $51 Million
In 2012, 76-year-old Etta May Urquhart claimed that her son stole her winning lottery ticket worth $51 million. The theft occurred when Etta took her ticket tot he gas station where she bought it, and had her son endorse the winning ticket. After she took her son to court, he alleged that since he gave her the money to purchase the ticket that the money was his, but she said that she bought the money with her own savings.
After receiving some of the winnings, Urquhart’s son bought four homes, 10 cars, a watercraft, and a motor home.
Jack Whittaker Drags Everyone Around Him Down
Ryan Magee’s £6.4 Million Blunder
Sharon Tirabassi Spent $10 Million in 10 Years
Sharon Tirabassi won $10 million in Ontario and she almost immediately started buying everything under the sun. To hear Tirabassi explain it, she bought a “big house, fancy cars, designer clothes, lavish parties, and exotic trips.” Couple those things with loaning money to friends and now she’s back to the real world, living paycheck to paycheck.
Lottery Winner Spends Fortune on Drugs
Michael Carroll is a British lottery winner who won £9 million at the age of 19 and went effing crazy. At one point he was reportedly snorting cocaine through a gold pen, while using a catapult to destroy the town he lived in. By 2012 he’d run out of cash and was back on the dole. But don’t worry about ol’ Mike Carroll, he’s got himself a job at a shortbread cookie factory and he’s pretty sure things are going to be a-okay.
See which lottery winner spent their money on this crazy thing.