What Happened to Famous Lottery Winners and their Prizes?

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Daydreaming on! What would you do if you won the lottery? You probably think you’d be smart and would invest wisely and increase your wealth. However, money changes people, and you don’t think the same with millions in your bank account. On the other hand, some people have had extremely unlucky lives that were turned into fairy tales, thanks to winning the lottery. For instance, a Croatian man named Frane Selak is dubbed to be both the world’s luckiest and unluckiest man.

Daydreaming off and a reality check! Check out our top eight favorite lottery winner stories.

Frane Selak

Meet Frane Selak—the luckiest unlucky man in the world. His winning numbers are still kept secret but allegedly, he survived death seven times before winning the Croatian lottery. Namely, Frane survived a fall off a cliff and at least three different crashes (plane, bus, car). Also, he even got hit by a bus in 1995.

Luckily, he lived to buy a lottery ticket in 2003 and win $1 million. Some might say this is the work of karma, while others will claim this is just a likely turn of events. Anyway, one thing is certain. Frane is the unluckiest lucky 80-year-old man.

What Happened to Famous Lottery Winners and their Prizes?

Gloria Mackenzie

The story of Gloria Mackenzie had us doubting what’s right and wrong. In 2013, a kind lady let Gloria ahead of her in the Quick Pick line and unintentionally paved Gloria’s way to the winning Powerball ticket. Mind-blowing $590.2 millions will make you wonder if being kind is even worth it.

According to various sources, not only did Gloria forget about rewarding courteous people, but she also had a dispute with her son regarding the unexpected winnings. It’s always important to stay humble, and 84-year old Gloria hasn’t learned that lesson.

Callie Rogers

Our examples seem to be going from bad to worse since the life story of Callie Rogers can only be classified as tragic. After winning nearly $3 million in the UK lotto, Callie underwent two breast implant surgeries, spent nearly $400k on drugs, attempted suicide 4 times, and reached a point where she has a net worth of $2k and is now working her way up the ladder, trying to become a nurse. We were left speechless when we found out about her life story and you’ll probably feel the same.

The Robinson Family

John and Lisa Robinson are living proof that money won on lottery doesn’t need to ruin your life. In 2016, they won the Powerball jackpot that made them multi-millionaires. They won $528.8 million and went for an early retirement. They bought a house and renovated it completely. Luckily, there’s not much to talk about this family, and we hope they’ll enjoy their wealth for years to come.

What Happened to Famous Lottery Winners and their Prizes?

Marvin & Mae Acosta

If you can’t handle such big winnings yourself, hire some advisers. That’s exactly what the Californian Acosta family did, and it’s going quite well for them. They’ve also donated a lot of money to charities and disappeared from public life. Marvin and Mae won $327.8 million and bought a home in Eastvale for almost half a million. Seems like the Acosta family is investing wisely and not planning on ending up in headlines ever again.

Urooj Khan

Urooj Khan has taken over Frane Selak’s throne for being the luckiest unlucky man in the world. This Chicago lottery winner died only a day after he collected the hefty $1 million prize. His body was exhumed, and it was discovered that the death cause was actually cyanide. However, the last reports in 2017 show that the investigation is still not over since there are no clear-cut evidence against anyone. Unfortunately, Urroj Khan’s story went from amazing to tragic in just a single day.

As you can see from our list, not all winners handle the shock responsibly. However, the good examples still provide hope that large sums of money don’t need to be ‘cursed’. If you ever win the lottery, remember these stories and learn from other people’s mistakes. Good luck!

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