Winning the lottery sounds like a total dream come true, but for a few people, it has proven to be anything but. Unfortunately, some don't find a jackpot to be as much of a gift as they could. While that sounds impossible, it DOES happen. It's happened so much that there is now a phenomenon dubbed "The Lottery Curse," and if you're still sceptical about whether it's true, take a look at these few individuals whose lottery wins brought sadness instead of excitement.
Curtis Sharp - $5,000,000 richer
In 1982, Curtis Sharp thought all his Saturdays had come at once with a huge scoop of $5 million. As a regular gentleman responsible for washing dishes, he was a PR dream for the lottery companies: the "everyday" man who took it all. The parties, houses, flashy cars, and endless women were the trademarks of a newly made man, and Curtis enjoyed every moment. Five years after his win, Curtis had racked up two divorces, and the money had run out. Thankfully, not long after a car accident, he cleaned up his party lifestyle - but he still plays the lottery!
Abraham Shakespeare - $40,000,000 richer
Forty million dollars, you say? Well, Abraham Shakespeare was a fortunate Floridian winner in 2006 - but he was not so lucky following his win. He gave money to almost everyone who would ask out of sheer kindness, but while he was a kind man, he was also a high school dropout and convict. He had a coworker who accused him of theft, and while Shakespeare won the case, he soon learned that people only cared about him because of his newfound wealth. Abraham met Dee Dee Moore, who wanted to write about him and manage his money, but instead, Dee Dee stole from him and - later on - killed Abraham. Not the lottery outcome most people want!
Jack Whittacker - $90,000,000
After winning the lottery, Jack did a ton of good with it. He set up a foundation to build churches in West Virginia, and he made sure that the woman who sold him the ticket was taken care of too. He looked after his granddaughter, but she was in with a bad crowd and was found dead a year after he won. His ex-wife then passed away seven years later, and his new wife divorced him. On top of that and those stealing his cash, he lost everything.
Now that you know more about what you shouldn’t do, what will you do once you do win?
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