Why Winning The Lottery Is The Worst Thing That Can Happen To You

No doubt you’ve all had the conversation
with your friends about what you would do if you won the lottery. How much would you give away to family and
friends- how many problems might that cause?. Or would you just spend, spend, spend, and
live a life of selfish luxury? According to CNN Money the biggest lottery
win ever was $1.586 billion, but it was divided between three people. A year later in 2017, one woman scooped $758.7
million and she decided to take the lump sum of $480.5 million. If you don’t know, you can take your win
divided over a number of years or all at once. Sounds great, but tell us what you think about
that after this episode of the Infographics Show, When winning the lottery was a horrible
curse. You may have already seen the documentaries,
in which lottery winners find themselves surrounded by cunning relatives and friends suddenly
emerging from the past, all wanting a piece of the pie. You will know how it can tear families apart,
which often sounds like a tale of biblical greed. These are sad stories for sure. The last one might even bring a tear to your
eye. 10: Return of the killer lover
Aged 42, Doris Murray must have thought she was the luckiest woman alive when she picked
up $5 million after winning the Georgia lottery in 2007. It’s said her plan was to start a trust
fund for her grandchildren. But Murray only got to live with her winnings
one year as her ex-boyfriend came back on the scene begging. She wasn’t interested in getting back with
him or sharing cash with him, and so he stabbed her to death. He was arrested soon after. A lose-lose situation, which we will see is
often the case with lottery greed. 9: A murderer in the family
A guy called Jeffrey Dampier had a similar fate, except this time it was family with
blood on their hands. 39-year old Dampier was over the moon when
he won $20 million in 1996, and it’s reported that he wasn’t stingy, either, treating
family and friends with his cash. His sister-in-law and her boyfriend got the
idea to take Dampier’s winnings and together they kidnapped him and then shot him in the
head. The pair were soon arrested. Dampier’s widow was later asked what winning
the lottery had done for her husband. “I think it is a curse,” she replied. 8: Don’t trust anyone
In 2009 a man with a great name, Abraham Shakespeare, won $30 million in the Florida lottery when
he was 42-years old. The former laborer didn’t spend big at first,
buying just a Nissan Altima and a Rolex watch. According to reports he was constantly harassed
by people who wanted some of his cash. He once told his brother, “I’d have been
better off broke. I thought all these people were my friends,
but then I realized all they want is just money.” And it got worse. He went missing and was later found buried
under someone’s backyard. The killer was a woman he’d befriended who
had told him she’d help him with his too-much money problems. Her name was Dorice “Dee Dee” Moore, and she’s
currently serving a long prison sentence for first degree murder. 7: Drinking to the grave
It’s happened numerous times, when winners have been murdered for their money. All the reports of this happening were in
the USA, but self-destruction, well, that’s universal. Take the case of Brit, Keith Gough, who won
£9 million (about $12 million at today’s rates) in 2005. Gough got straight down to the business of
spending, betting big on soccer, horse-racing, and apparently drinking himself to oblivion. He wasn’t the brightest of lucky people,
and got scammed out close to a million dollars after giving it to some shady guy to invest. He not only ended up selling everything he
had bought, including racehorses, a top of the line BMW, his executive box at Aston Villa
Football Club and a large country villa, but he got into money troubles. He died of a heart attack, and financial problems
and booze were to blame. His friends said the lottery virtually killed
him. “Winning the money was the worst thing that
happened to him. It’s very sad,” said one old friend. 6: Taking your own life
Then there’s the story of Billie Bob Harrell, who won $31million in the Texan lottery in
1997. He was followed around like many others by
people with their hands out looking for some of his winnings. He didn’t hide the fact he was rich, though. It got so much for the poor guy that he moved
and changed his phone number. He also made some terrible financial decisions,
and things got worse when he got divorced. It seems it all got too much, and two years
after he won, still with money in the bank, he put a gun to his own head. Prior to taking his own life he said, “Winning
the lottery is the worst thing that ever happened to me.” 5: Losing everything you need
Another case was the curse of Jack Whittaker, a West Virginian who won a staggering $315
million in 2002. He wasn’t too careful with his cash, having
almost half a million stolen from his car where he kept a money-loaded suitcase. He later had another $200,000 stolen in a
similar way. Then he was hit by grief after losing his
granddaughter to a drug overdose, and then her mother- his daughter- died two years later
from a drug overdose. They’d both been spending his fortune for
him. “My granddaughter is dead because of the
money. She was the shining star of my life, and she
was what it was all about for me,” he told the press. Incredibly, years later he said he had nothing
left, and was a daughter and granddaughter down. “I wish that we tore the ticket up,” he
said in an interview. 4: Too much, too young
Over in Scotland a wee lad of 17 called Stuart Donnelly won the lottery in 1997 – not a
good year for lottery winners it seems – and talked about the pressure of being rich. He once told a newspaper that he was scared
to leave the house. “It was very hard to deal with all the attention
I got. I even had people camping outside my house. It put a huge strain on me and my family.” He was found dead in his luxury home when
he was 29. It’s thought he died of natural causes,
but the press speculates the lottery win played a part in his demise. 3: Back to the trailer park
Here’s another story of rags to riches and back to rags. Evelyn Basehore won $3.9 million back in 1985,
but she had a taste for gambling. In 2000 she was back in a trailer park, saying
she’d gambled all her money away. “I won the American dream, but I lost it,
too. It was a very hard fall. It’s called rock bottom,” she said. 2: Thug life
Back in the UK there’s a man by the name Michael Carroll, called a “Lottery Lout”
by the press, which kinda means lottery thug. He even called himself “King of Chavs”. What is a chav? That’s a long story, but we guess you could
say a chav is a young hoodlum, but more of a white trash type of hoodlum. Anyway, this young delinquent won a massive
£9.7million ($12.7 million) in the UK lottery in 2002. At the time of his win, when he was just 19,
he was working as a binman (trash collector) and was still wearing an electronic tag so
the cops could keep an eye on him. Winning didn’t stop him from getting in
trouble with the police. 10 years later and ALL the money was gone,
on what he said was tons of drugs, lots of gambling, and “thousands of prostitutes.” We are not sure how he, or his poor lungs
and brain managed it, but he said he had a $2,300 a day crack cocaine habit. What did he have to say about his rise and
fall? “The party has ended and it’s back to reality. I haven’t got two pennies to rub together
and that’s the way I like it. I find it easier to live off £42 dole than
a million.” Dole means unemployment benefits. He couldn’t get away from crime, or criminals,
either. As his money was running out some blackmailers
slit the throats of five of his dogs and basically ran him out of town, but not before he paid
them over $150,000. 1: A mortal loss
But we’ll leave you with the story of all stories, even though we are not sure you can
call it a curse. In Thailand the lottery is serious business
for many; it’s a way out of poverty for some who don’t have many options in life. People make merit at temples and pray for
the winning numbers. Superstitious folks get exploited by seers
who sell the right numbers; people see winning numbers in dreams, or if someone has, say,
a strange-looking fruit growing in their garden, people will queue to pray to it and hope it
gives them lottery-luck. The numbers might even appear on the license
plates of crashed vehicles. A ghost may even whisper the winning numbers
in someone’s ear. So yeah, it’s serious alright. So serious that in 2018 a man called Jirawut
Pongphan was absolutely delighted when he found out he had the winning numbers for the
lottery and was about to collect $1.8 million. The 42-year-old threw a party and got really
drunk, only to wake up and not be able to find his winning tickets. It’s said he became very depressed after
that and wasn’t even able to work. He then shot himself in the head. His suicide note read, “I’m really sorry,
please don’t bully my family, I did win the lottery prize.”. Apparently, the tickets were never found,
and no one claimed the prize. After hearing all this, we guess you are thinking
you’d be totally different. Are we right? How would you deal with the cash explosion
to ensure you didn’t become yet another person cursed by a lottery win? Let us know in the comments!Also, be sure
to check out our other video Worst Days In The History of the World. Thanks for watching, and as always, please
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  1. Wooow! You have a lot of great ideas what you would do after winning the lottery. Do you think it should be mandatory to have a moratorium on the money for at least 6 months and a counselling before receiving the prize? Do you think one would handle the money more wisely opposed to collecting it immediatelly?

  2. These people eithier died, ended up broke or lost a loved one because they were overall not managing their money correctly. All of these misfourtunes could of been prevented if they just put a little thought and planning in how they would use the money. Knowledge is power.

  3. This is why school should teach how to handle money,like how to make money,what are assets,things like that,not what the area of bobs house

  4. These people don't know why they needed money, thats their problem. They are people without hobby or goals.

  5. This is what i would do if i won the lottery
    first Hire competent advisers, try to remain anonymous, then hang onto my job, lump sum, Pay all the taxes of winnings and all of my debts, stash enough cash to ride out the future, create a budget to manage the money, ditch the hangers-on looking for handouts, pack my bags and get out of Dodge, change my loved one’s lifes, go shopping and treat myself without going crazy, vet a few local charities to provide donations, plan my lasting legacy

  6. could yall not follow people around who win the lottery? one day you can feel the same pain so just dont

  7. This is why you go to a lawyer as soon as you win. Also, play cash for life. It's a lot better getting $7,000 a week than have that lump sum. You could never lose all your money at once, it would be impossible. Next, take out a large loan at a bank, and put said loan into a CD. You'll have ample income to pay the loan back quickly, while living comfortably from the interest.

  8. If i win the lottery…the next day i would feel real guilty because in the back of my mind there is a kid out there in a 3rd world country starving

  9. That is a hard one. If I could conceal my identity, I would. Also would probably take the gradual payout vs lump sum.

    Hire a legit CPA to make sure I get my taxes paid off it… invest a portion for the family and take a small ampunt for spending. I dont really want much.

    But keeping it on the down low would be my main priority.

  10. Overall i came to know empty pocket may teach you in ten ways but full pocket definately destroys you in thousand ways….am i right…

  11. Dorris Murray's boyfriend wasn't white, he was black. He wasn't an ex, they were still together. She broke up the same day he killed her… long after she'd won the lottery. (They posed together for the lottery check pictures, ffs!) She didn't live in the Nation of Georgia, but the U.S. State.

    You got all that wrong… with just the first one. That's ridiculous and downright pathetic!

    This took 5 minutes of googling. You're a lazy, incompetent, anti-white revisionist liberal POS.

  12. What I'd probably do

    1) take the lump sum. Pay the taxes ASAP and don't try to get "cute" with loopholes.
    2) invest all but ~$500k in low risk index funds or, if the sum is high enough, a savings account.
    3) buy a cabin in some beautiful part of colorado and live off the interest of the lump sum.
    4) All men require purpose. I'd try to become an author or youtuber about topics unrelated to the lottery.
    5) Tell no one about the lottery.

  13. Most of my friends are gold diggers…

    For food no literally i once bought a hotdog one of my buddies came up and said can i have a bite?
    I said yes and then…

    He bit 75% of the hotdog

  14. I remember when I met Abraham Shakespeare, he told my momma she was the only person that ain’t never ask for money and fed him for free 💯

  15. People are so dum. Let me win the lottery. I'll hire security and Make invest my money in a multiple CD accounts and move next to rich people. Of course I'll look out for my family but it'll be by my own terms

  16. yey! Now I will never look at this lottery thing the same way because a guy on YouTube stated these 10 or more random and rare events.

  17. Probably pay off my parents' loans (with trying my best not to let them know), buy myself a decent house or apartment (again, if anyone asks, I'll tell them that I took a bank loan or something), and put the rest of the money at some kind of solid low risk long term investment for a long time. Maybe donate some to charity, or put some money in a savings account for my best friend's children, which they will be access when they are 21, all in complete secrecy (maybe hire a lawyer for that).

    That, of course, without telling anybody anything, not even my parents, close friends or, if and when I get married, my wife.

    Just go on my life as usual, finish college, and continue working as an engineer. No flashy purchases, no fancy cars, no expensive vacations, drugs or partying.

  18. If my mom wins the lottery if a burgler comes to her house i'm already there with the knife stabbing an X through the throat of the burglar.
    ( Don't even try it we have kitchen knives laid everywhere and me and my mother know fencing. )

  19. I would buy robux and vbucks spend 500,000 of both and give the rest to my family and friends or even giving it to something

  20. If I win the lottery, I putting it all in the bank, and depending on how much it is, each of my siblings and cousins, are getting a fund to start of their life. To pay for college or get a car or apartment. And I’m getting a cat and a goat.

  21. I would spend most of my won money for buying and planting trees around the world. In addition to that I would donate the money that is left to badly polluted areas on earth and get them some wind turbines or solar panels. Every little helps! Annnnnnd ofc keep like 2 million to my college spending 😂👌

  22. Almost every person on that list took it in Lump Sum, get a cash payment evey month. Before you do anything get out of debt. And then move from there. Depositing some of your cash payment into a fund that you can’t access for 5 years.

  23. If people were camping in my yard to get money,I'd shot them. That's harrassment which is against the law,plus they are on my property so yeah.

  24. if I won I
    at least 5 million or more I would build a business and stay at the house that I live with the same car and wait until I get more also have some security guards and I am gonna paying then at least 100k per 6 months

  25. if I won the lottery I give a quarter of to all my family members and save the rest for college and to start a business

  26. I would take care of my immediate family, my business and my closest friends who have been around for ten years, maybe even move to a different state,

  27. 450 million dollars, yeah I'm taking care of me. You can claim your winnings anonymously, either cut ties or act like you never won the money in the first place.

  28. Finally someone that HATES the lottery. Idk I just hate the lottery. 😥😣. I'll turn famous and I do NOT want to be famous. Kinda like in the video, it explains.

  29. First I wouldn’t want to have my name on media. I would like to remain anonymous. Second, Id reach out to other self made millionaires/billionaires and ask for their advice on how to handle my new life. The rest would be profit!

  30. I would tell nobody except my mom and dad and my two best friends also I will take my family to different country and very frequently would invite my friends to my mansion. BOOM! problem solved

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