Winning the lottery is not always as glamorous as it might seem. There are handfuls of people who have ultimately been cursed by their good fortune. In some cases, these winners simply can’t stop spending their money. They assume the money will last forever, but before they realize it their friends, relatives and local business investors have drained away the new found fortune. In other cases, the lottery winnings attract violence and betrayal, where third parties plan on attacking the lottery winner with the goal of robbery. Read on to learn about such stories and how good luck can quickly turn sour.
Basehore actually won the lotto twice within a five-month span. She won $3.9 million in 1985, then another $1.4 million, putting the odds at a whopping 1 in 15 trillion. She must have taken her luck for granted because 15 years later she became bankrupt from spending and giving too much away. She currently lives in a trailer park.
“Winning the lottery isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Everybody wanted my money. Everybody had their hand out”, she told Bankrate.
Dampier won $20 million in the 1996 Illinois lottery. He used the money on his family but also started a popcorn business. He was carrying on an affair with his sister-in-law, Victoria Jackson. Later in 2005, Victoria and her other boyfriend, Nathaniel Jackson (no relation), planned on robbing Dampier. Things got out of hand, and Nathaniel Jackson said to Victoria “Shoot him or I’ll shoot you”. The aftermath wasn’t all that forgiving for Dampier, as he wound up dead.
Linskey won about $14 million in 1991. The catch is that Linskey bought the ticket from a liquor store owned by mobster Whitey Bulger, a crazy man straight from some Hollywood gangster flick. Bulger decided to have a meeting with Linskey. Afterwards, Linskey was all to eager to claim that he bought the ticket alongside the mobster Bulger. Linskey probably forfeited about $7 million so he could keep his life.