Horror Stories from People Who Won Millions in the Lottery…And Ended Up Broke Years Later


*Were you one of the million trillion people out there who stood in line to buy tickets in hopes of winning the Powerball lottery last night? Hey, I was so sure my time had finally come I even went car shopping to celebrate the occasion.

But alas, for the third try in a row, NOBODY, I mean NOBODY, had the winning numbers. When no one won last Wednesday (and I hadn’t even thought of buying a ticket), it made for a bigger pot on Friday. Still, it didn’t even cross my mind to purchase a ticket until I started hearing people boasting about how their name was on that money.

Then here comes Saturday, and I’m out and about when the voice in my head says, “No. It’s not their name on the money Boo, its YOUR name!”

There was no clearer sign needed. Off I ran to Jon’s in Glendale, where I knew my Armenian friends would be a mile deep, standing in line for money their voices claim their name was on too.

We all got played. NOBODY won, dammit.

But maybe the folks in the stories below will give you another perspective on money. I mean, in a ‘misery loves company’ kind of way. If nothing else, their stories might soften the blow on the whole winning thing. You see, they DID win…and then they lost it all. 


Take Sharon Trabassi. Hey girl, I hope you won’t mind me sharing your story.

The single mom hit it big in 2004, and was finally able to kick welfare to the curb. Sharon went straight to the bank with a check from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. for $10,569,00.10 (Canadian).

But not unlike many people who are not accustomed to having big money, Sharon went overboard– spending her winnings on a “big house, fancy cars, designer clothes, lavish parties, exotic trips, handouts to family, and loans to friends.”

Guess where she ended up less than a decade later?

“Riding the bus, working part-time, and living in a rented house.”


But there is a silver lining at the end of this particular story. Being the responsible parent she apparently is, Sharon placed some of her winnings in trusts for her six children. Once they turn 26, they can claim it.


This happy couple, Lara and Roger Griffiths, had been married for 14 years without hardly even fussing at each other.

I guess its true what they say: money changes people. Because after they won the $2.76 million lottery jackpot in 2005, and bought that million-dollar house and Porsche, arguing was ALL they did.

Six years after their win, Roger drove away in the Porsche after Lara confronted him over emails suggesting he was interested in another woman.

Their marriage ended. A freak fire burned their house to the ground, and every penny of their fortune was gone.

Can you say, DA-YUM?

Now this next story is a nightmare I can bet we have ALL had, at one time or another.


Martyn Tott, 33, and his 24-year-old wife from the UK would have been able to enjoy a $5 million lottery fortune…if they hadn’t LOST THEIR TICKET!!!

Their acting skills must have been off the chain though because they were able to convince officials. But the 30-day time limit on reporting lost tickets had passed; making the jackpot the largest unclaimed amount since the lottery began in 1994.

Kay Tott told The Daily Mail:

“Thinking you’re going to have all that money is really liberating. Having it taken away has the opposite effect. It drains the life from you and puts a terrible strain on your marriage. It was the cruelest torture imaginable.”

Girl, I believe that! To have had and lost, hmm…Is it worse than ever having at all?


And then there was Evelyn Adams. Oh girl, people are not going to believe what you did. Sorry, but its hard not to judge this one.

What are the chances you win the lottery TWICE. Adams did. Once in 1985 and again in 1986.

The New Jersey native won a cool $5.4 million, but according to AskMen.com, she gambled it away in Atlantic City and today she lives in a trailer park.

Hopefully its a nice trailer though.

Its true what they say about karma: it can be a bitch! Just ask Tonda Lynn Pierce, who got served a whopping heap of it after she refused to split her winnings of $1,119,347.90 with her ex-colleagues at the Waffle House.

Now as dangerous as it can be to assume, I’m thinking everybody chipped in and it was agreed that whoever won, would share. But madam Dickerson wasn’t going down like that. She decided instead to put her winnings into a corporation and grant her family 51 percent of the stock. Little did she know that it was this move that would qualify her for the tax.

Do yourself a favor: Never underestimate the power of karma.

Now as bad as it is to win, then lose, this next story is downright scary.

hit man

“I wish it never happened. It was totally a nightmare.” These words came straight from the mouth of lottery winner William “Bud” Post. He won 16.2 million in the Pennsylvania lottery in 1988 but before the year was even over, dude was $1 million in debt.

He was successfully sued by a former girlfriend for a share of his winnings and his brother was put in jail for hiring a hit man to kill him, hoping to inherit a share of the winnings.

He invested in a number of family businesses, but sank into debt and even spent time in jail for firing a gun over the head of a bill collector.

To say, “poor Bud,” would be an apt description for this man’s current circumstances. He now lives quietly on $450 a month and food stamps.

There a loads more real-life stories of how people won millions, but then ended up broker than they were before they won. It’s not hard placing yourself in their shoes and it does not feel good at all.

But before you go let me ask you this. If you knew someone that had once won millions in the lottery, then lost it all, and came to borrow money from you, what would your response be?

To read more of these unfathomable stories click here.

And don’t forget to purchase your tickets for a chance to win more than a BILLION DOLLARS next week!!!

No one ever said give up, right?





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