Lottery Winners Before and After Exposed
What does life do to you after you become rich all of the sudden? What’s the lottery winners before and after story? Well, we definitely assume that it’s all riches and glamor from that point on. It very well may be true for some of the people that won the lottery. But the stories of those lucky individuals are much more diversified.
Have you ever taken the time to think how a massive sum of money is going to transform your life? Think no more! Here are a few examples of what happened to the lives of lottery winners after their dream come true.
The Entrepreneurial Lady
Deana Sampson was a struggling hairdresser and a mom of two at the time she won over 5.4 million pounds from the lottery. Being quick-witted and entrepreneurial by nature, Deana saw this as an opportunity to turn her life around rather than waste all of her money.
Using the millions won from the lottery, Deana set up her own online lingerie business. She also began acquiring health rental property, making the portfolio bigger and bigger.
Deana said that she’d always been from a humble family and winning the lottery gave her an opportunity to change her life completely. This is the main reason why she didn’t go down the wasteful road that so many lottery winners take.
Winning the lottery also came after a series of tragic events in Deana’s life. Her brother Glyn had died four months prior to the big win. Previously, Deana lost her fiancé in a car accident. Eventually, she did get over the loss and she got married to her present-day husband. Unfortunately, Deana and Colin lost a baby girl that was born prematurely.
The Dark Side of the Lottery
Winning heaps of money aren’t always the best thing in the world. Britain’s youngest lottery winner is proof. Her name is Callie Rogers. She won over two million British pounds at the tender age of 16. Coming into such wealth at an impressionable age wasn’t the right thing for Callie.
The report suggests that she spent a large portion of the money on alcohol and cosmetic surgery, including getting breast implants so early in life. There are even some accounts that she spent 400,000 dollars on the drugs in the six years before she managed to get clean.
Because of this self-destructive lifestyle, Callie was soon completely broke. According to a 2013 report, she was left with solely 2,000 pounds in the bank. This was when Callie decided to get back on track. She recovered from the addiction and enrolled in nursing school. According to Callie herself, she had never been happier in life.
Paying it Forward
Are you about to lose all hope in humanity or have you lost it already? Well, the next story will help you reconsider.
Since we’re talking about lottery winners before and after, it’s cool to point out that some people don’t change that much. Allen and Violet Large from Canada are two such people. In 2010, the couple won 11.2 million dollars from the lottery. What happened next was a truly surprising move on their behalf.
Violet and Allen were in their 70s at the time they won. They were at a point in their lives where they had just about everything that they needed. This is the main reason why after helping out friends and relatives, the two decided to donate the entire jackpot to charities. Most of the money went to hospitals in need of funding, as well as charitable organizations supporting good causes.
The Broke Millionaire
Jack Whittaker was a millionaire before winning the lottery. He ran and operated a Virginia construction company that was doing pretty well. The most shocking aspect of the story is that after winning the lottery, Jack went… broke!
In 2002, Jack Whittaker won 315 million dollars Powerball jackpot. At the time, this was the biggest Powerball jackpot to ever be won by a single ticket. Jack was aged 55 at the time he came into possession of the massive amount.
Only four years after winning the lottery, Jack Whittaker had to cope with the fact that he was broke. By this time, both his daughter and granddaughter had died of a drug overdose. In an interview with ABC, Jack said that none of this would have happened without the millions from the lottery.
On top of all that, people tried to rob Jack a dozen times. He got in legal trouble, as well. Regardless of this fact, Jack is still attempting to win the lottery. In an interview he gave CNN in 2015, Whittaker said that he spends approximately 600 dollars on lottery tickets every single week. Maybe the second time around is the charm for the lottery winner from Virginia.
The Most Unselfish Man on Earth
Here are another impressive lottery winners before and after story and it involves a person that deserves the title of the most unselfish man on earth. Les Robins won 111 million dollars from Powerball in 1993. At the time, this was the biggest Powerball jackpot to fall.
The middle school teacher decided that he wasn’t going to waste the money on trips and extravagant purchases. Instead, he used the money to build a day camp for kids. Over the past 20 years, Camp Winnegator has been operating successfully, giving children an opportunity to paint pictures, splash around in the swimming pool, practice sports, ride horses and spend quality time connecting with nature.
Camp Winnegator runs for five weeks during the summer. The main aim of the establishment is to get kids outside in a world that’s so heavily influenced by technology. “I just hated to see kids not doing the kind of things we did growing up – playing soccer, softball, hanging out,” Robins said in an interview about the camp and why he decided to bring the idea to reality.
Though this is a great story about a smart and altruistic individual, it still features a negative side. Shortly after winning the lottery, Robins had to go to court with former fiancé Collen DeVries. Through court, the couple that never got married reached a settlement about dividing the money. Other than that, Les Robins is still happy with the decision he made and the manner in which he utilized the jackpot.
From King of the Hill to Back to the Drill
Some people just aren’t meant to enjoy life. Some people simply can’t cope with having it all, not being able to make excuses and whine how they’re meant to be unhappy. Here’s Willie Hurt, a winner of the Michigan Lottery. Willie won the lottery back in 1989, scooping $3,100,000. He literally became the king of the hill in the eyes of his friends and family.
I guess, the wind was too strong for him and eventually got pushed back to the bottom. Unfortunately, he now had to deal with being lonely, besides being poor again. During the “height period” Willie developed a nasty crack-cocaine addiction, which made things worse. Not to mention that his wife divorced him, and he lost custody of his children. The worst part is this happened solely because he won millions. Now, the money was gone, he was alone and his mind is far away.
Last, but not least, he was also charged for murder. Did he commit the murder? I cannot make any comments on this, but it certainly will give you a clearer picture of dear ol’ Willie.
The lesson of the day, if you win the lottery, don’t become Willie.