9 Crazy Things Jackpot Winners Do

Crazy Things Jackpot Winners Do

What do you think you would do if you won a Jackpot? If I won a jackpot, I might also go crazy. Reading the winners’ stories is mind-blowing, and what if I won?

The crazy things jackpot winners do is unimaginable. Some use the winning money wisely, many make their dreams come true, few spend on travelling, and many even give charity to the needy.

Don’t forget many winners go so crazy that they spend their wins at night clubs parties and end up in debt after a few days/

9 Crazy Things Jackpot Winners Do

There are many stories in headlines about people who have beaten the odds and won the jackpot. The irony is that winning the lottery or pokies has resulted in tragedy for many winners.

Many end up cheated on, divorced, or becoming dependent on alcohol and drugs. Many of them eventually ended up poorer or worse than before they won the jackpot.

Here are 9 of the weirdest things that people did after winning the lottery jackpot.

1. The man who asked someone else to claim his winnings

Guatemalan Jose Antonio Cua-Toc
Guatemalan Jose Antonio Cua-Toc

A Guatemalan named Jose Antonio Cua-Toc is residing illegally in the States. He was unable to believe when he won the lottery.

He was afraid he might be questioned for his undocumented status and thus asked his employer to claim the prize for him. His employer got the money and claimed that Cuatoc bought the ticket for him. Cuatoc finally sued his boss and won the case.

2. The man who lost his winning ticket

The man who lost his winning ticket - 9 Crazy Things Jackpot Winners Spent their Prize Money on
The man who lost his winning ticket

A Zagami family in Massachusetts bought a lottery ticket from a vending machine at 5 dollars, so they easily forgot it later on. They inadvertently threw it in the trash bin.

It’s a good thing one of them remembered about the ticket the next day and decided to search it out of the trash. Finally, the couple ended up getting the winning numbers.

3. The man who spent his winnings on a strip club

Jack Whittaker of West Virginia won a massive amount in 2002
Jack Whittaker of West Virginia won a massive amount in 2002

Jack Whittaker of West Virginia won a massive amount in 2002 of 315 million US dollars in the Powerball lottery. He later went to visit a strip club where he lost $545,000!

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4. The man who forgot about his ticket

Crazy Things Jackpot Winners Do
The man who forgot about his ticket

Ron Yurcus and his wife are regular lottery ticket buyers. They just forget about their tickets and leave them lying around the house.

In 2012, Ron was cleaning up his table to make space for a new computer he had just bought. He saw a dozen tickets on the table and realized that he had won a million-dollar jackpot from a draw three months earlier.

5. The woman who spends her winning on cosmetic surgery

Callie Rogers
Callie Rogers

Callie Rogers was only 16 when she won the lottery. She immediately got breast implants and cosmetic surgery, bought several houses, set out on luxury vacations, and divulged drugs.

She lost all her winnings in six years, and she is back to live with her parents. She also attempted suicide twice.

6. The man who got into drug addiction

Willie Hurt -9 Crazy Things Jackpot Winners Spent their Prize Money on
Willie Hurt

Willie Hurt won the $3 million lottery jackpot in 1989. Instead of helping him, though, the winnings appeared to haunt him with bad luck.

His wife filed for divorce. He became addicted to crack cocaine, wasting most of his money to support the drug addiction. Just 3 years later, he faced a myriad of cases against him, including murder.

7. The woman who gambled all her winnings

The woman who gambled all her winnings - actually people do when they win at a casino, how they handle this win
The woman who gambled all her winnings

Evelyn Adams became the luckiest woman in the world — she won the lottery not just once but twice! Her total winnings were 5.4 million!

Unfortunately, she lost most of the money gambling. She also willingly handed out money to anyone who would ask for it. Evelyn Adam is now broke and lives in a trailer.

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Charles Jackson – A multi-million dollar fortune cookie
Charles Jackson – A multi-million dollar fortune cookie

Just not long back, in 2019, Charles Jackson, a happy granddad from North Carolina, never imagined that he would become filthy rich.

Charles was given the numbers that came out from the inside of a fortune cookie at a local Vietnamese restaurant. He used them for the Powerball ticket that he purchased and won.

Opting for the lump-sum payment, he got $233 million immediately, and he said he would spend money on charity and give to his family, among other things. 

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9. William Post – more money, larger problems

William Post – more money, larger problems -  actually people do when they win at a casino, how they handle this win
William Post – more money, larger problems

It is among the crazy lottery winner stories. It all started when Post won a whopping $16.2 million in the Pennsylvania lottery back in 1988. He ended up being bankrupt just a short time after he had won. 

It was due to his bad decisions. He also has dreadful and greedy family members and a circle of friends.

Major Takeaways

After reading the winners’ stories, I believe that life certainly changes after winning a jackpot. But not to lose our senses and go berserk but to utilize the winning amount more effectively.

Saving for my family and me will be my first task. Next, I will go to charity to give back what I received. Last will come a small sum to enjoy the wins.

FAQs

Why do winners go crazy?

Well, maybe they haven’t seen a big amount of money or due to their winning anxiety.

What should I do if I win a Jackpot prize?

Not to lose sense and act wisely on how to spend money.

Do the winners form a trust?

Yes, many winners form a trust so that they give money to charity or do some good work and want their money in safe hands.

Is it easy to win?

No. Lottery and pokies are games of chance, and they are not easy to win. The odds of winning the jackpot are quite high.

Do I need a lawyer to handle my wins?

In case of huge sum of money you need a lawyer to consult taxes if applicable on winning amounts.

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Kamal Kaur