Top 10 Stupidest Lottery Winners

"10) In 2002 UK resident Michael Carroll won $152m in the lottery

His sudden rise to massive wealth was covered by the UK press – who dubbed him the king of the hooligans – however, it didn’t last Among other things, he used the cash to buy legions of cars and hold demolition derbies in his back garden He was also said to smoke $3000 of crack cocaine daily and saw up to four different prostitutes every day as well In 2010 he was spotted outside a job center after running out of money and in 2013 he was reported to be working in a biscuit factory 9) Before 2009 Americo Lopes worked for a construction company in New Jersey

He and his co-workers had a syndicate in which they pooled money together to buy Mega Millions lottery tickets One day, Lopes found that one of the tickets had won $385m He decided not to tell his co-workers and quit his job straight away, lying about needing “foot surgery” He also claimed unemployment benefit too to add to the greed

However, a news website published his story and his co-workers read about it They sued him and the court ordered him to share his money 5 ways 8) Thomas Rossi had been married to his wife Denise for 26 years until 1997 when Denise divorced him out of nowhere What she failed to mention in any divorce papers – or to her husband – was that she had just won the Lotto jackpot of $13m 11 days before

When Thomas mistakenly received a letter addressed to her about the lottery winnings two years later, he sued her for not disclosing the winnings The judge and jury gave Thomas every last cent of the haul, saying that “her failure to disclose was a fraud” If Denise hadn’t lied about it, she could’ve kept it all 7) UK resident Ian Galtress played the lottery multiple times with his lucky numbers, and one day he won $15m with them

It should’ve been the best day of his life but instead it kicked off a long period of frustration – he could never claim his prize because he had lost his ticket Galtress and his girlfriend searched far and wide for the winning ticket, but to no avail Because he couldn’t find it within 30 days, the money got donated to the National Lottery “good cause” fund instead 6) Jose Antonio Cua-Toc entered the Georgia lottery in 2010 and won $750,000 He was delighted, but apprehensive to cash it in, as he was worried about his illegal immigrant status being discovered

Somewhat naively, he asked his boss, Erick Cervantes, to cash it for him Cervantes claimed the ticket was his and kept all the money for himself, leading to Cua-Toc hitting him with a lawsuit After a lengthy court case, Cua-Toc won the money back, but due to his citizenship status was then faced with deportation not long afterward 5) Evelyn Adams could be considered one of the luckiest people alive She had an amazing stroke of good fortune when she won the New Jersey lottery TWICE in the space of 4 months in the 1980s, accumulating a total of $5

4m She should have been set for life… However, that’s not the way things turned out

She decided to celebrate this massive injection into her bank account by going to Atlantic City and gradually gambling almost all of it away Years later it was reported that she has little to no money and lives in a trailer park 4) Oregon resident Christina Goodenow bought a lottery ticket that ended up being worth $1m Her method of payment was unfortunately what led to her downfall She had bought the ticket, as well as $12,000 worth of other purchases, using her deceased mother-in-law’s credit card, and putting her very firmly on the wrong side of the law

When the police found out, she was stripped of all the money and sentenced to probation The money ended up going straight to the police department of the city of Medford 3) British couple Roger and Lara Griffiths won $28m in the lottery, but just 8 years later Roger was left divorced, with just $10 in his bank account What didn’t help was the couples’ ridiculous investments

Roger spent $39,000 releasing a single that sold just 600 copies, and Lara set up a $156,000 salon that they then resold, losing $109,000 in the process One of the houses they refurbished to sell on burned down in a house fire, while the others sold for nowhere near as much as they thought they would, due to the recession 2) When John Ross Jr won $2m in California’s lottery, he said the first thing he was going to do with the money was buy his own car He stated “I’m 29 and I’ve never had a car – there’s something wrong there”

Just three months later, he had got hold of a car, but not quite in the way you would expect Ross Jr was arrested for supposedly helping to steal a Honda Civic 1) Two unnamed brothers won the Kansas lottery in 2013 and received $75,000 They celebrated by, of course, having a weed and crystal meth-fueled party at their house

During the festivities one of the brothers went to refuel the butane lighters for their bongs in the kitchen, but got a little bit too close to the pilot light on the furnace The house immediately exploded and when firefighters and police got there, they could see the amount of surprisingly undamaged narcotics present and arrested them both for possession Bad luck, chaps

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