Everyone wants to win the lottery. People from around the world try their luck at the lottery, but only a rare few end up winning millions of dollars. Many of the people that play the lottery are simple people who struggle to make ends meet. There are some that have won a $315 Powerball jackpot It can feel good having all financial concerns taken care of. However, what if there was a dark side to winning the lottery? There are many winner that ended up worse off as compared to before. As the saying goes “more money leads to more problems”. The following are some of the worst lottery winners of all time.
1. Marie Holmes
Marie Holmes used to work at Walmart before she realized that her random numbers could make her win the lottery. She tried her luck and managed to win $188 million. However, soon after, she saw herself facing lawsuits, dealing with various poor financial decisions, and bailing her boyfriend out of jail. It left her financially and emotionally drained. But, she later came to know that her numbers were not as random and had been carefully selected by her mother.
2. Curtis Sharp
Curtis Sharp managed to win it big by getting $5 million in 1982. However, he ended up blowing all the money in just five years. Curtis spent millions of dollars each year on women, real estate, cars, and family. But, he has become a minister for Antioch, Tennessee today. He often advises winners to clear their mind before they spend any of the money.
3. Michael Carol
Michael Carol was just 19 when he won the lottery. During that time, he was a small-time criminal who had a police ankle bracelet, yet, he ended up winning $14 million. After his big win, he spent most of his money on buying a mansion, terrorizing neighbors, and blowing off his remaining money. In the end, he ended up getting broke and lived with his mother on unemployment. Michael now works at a cookie factory and considers himself lucky to make minimum wage.
4. Billie Bob Harrell Jr.
Billie Bob Harrell Jr. thought that all of his struggles came to an end when he won $30 millions from the lottery in 1997. He decided to live the easy life and quit his Home Depot job. Billie took all his family to Hawaii for a vacation and bought houses for his friends and family members. He also donated a lot of his money. However, he later received unwanted attention from people demanding him for money and ended up making a bad deal which decreased his wealth. It was only after his wife separate from him that he got in a downward spiral that led to him shooting himself in the head.
The above worst lottery winners might scare you from playing the lottery. However, there are more people that have benefitted from the lottery than vice-versa. Hence, if you feel like playing the lottery, then, you do not need to feel guilty about it.