Everyone wishes to have considerable cash on their accounts, and winning a lottery might be the most rapid approach to fulfill your dreams, but it carries a significant amount of risk and smartness to deal with the prevailing situation that might occur as a result , Although the chances of winning lotteries are pretty low, there is a group of lucky people who managed to put themself in the list of lottery winners out of which we have comprehensively discussed the six biggest lottery winners of all time.
Ira Curry – $177 million
The Chicago native was already in deep financial trouble when she decided to buy two lottery tickets in 2006. One was an “easy pick” ticket, while the other required her to choose all six numbers herself. The ticket luckily turned out to be a winner: she took home a total of $177 million after taxes. The prize money may seem like a lot of money today, but back then, it would barely last two years based on Ira’s spending habits.
Merle and Patricia Butler – $186 million (pair)
When Illinois’ newest millionaire couple announced that they were splitting up their winnings, everyone was shocked to hear that Merle would be getting most of the money. That’s because his wife Patricia, who bought both winning tickets for the family, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Merle himself is already in his 70s and wants to secure his kids’ futures while they’re still around to take care of him. The lottery winnings were split in the divorce settlement so that each party would get half of it, but Merle kept all the money to himself anyway.
Vivian Nicholson – $1 million (estimated)
The British woman made headlines when she won 1 million pounds in 1961 while only 18 years old. She became an instant celebrity and was showered with spending money by her father, who didn’t want his daughter to end up like many other poor young women at the time. They lived comfortably for a while until Vivian decided to drop out of school because she got enough money to support herself. Later Vivian’s husband Keith sold most of their furniture and gadgets until they were left with almost nothing but then divorced her. Later she found work as a cleaner in Germany.
Andrew Whittaker Sr.
Whittaker might have been lucky in winning the powerball lottery but was not fortunate enough to maintain his luck. He got robbed as soon as he received his first share of the Powerball jackpot worth $94 million after taxes in 2002. The next year, he was robbed while withdrawing money at an ATM, and later that same year, his getaway car was shot at by robbers.
The year after that, Whittaker’s son accidentally shot himself in the foot while trying to unload a gun and ended up losing part of one leg. Whittaker kept on buying lottery tickets – even after he’d already won once- because he felt it took a lot more luck to win a second time. The unlucky man eventually lost all but his last share in 2010 when he decided to give most of it away to help out people who were worse off than him – including his ex-wife and estranged daughter.
Eurica Strada – An estimated $178 million
Eurica is among the few lucky winners who managed to hold on to their money. The Romanian woman was working as a cleaner when she decided to invest her first two lottery winnings in real estate, which eventually paid off big time. She bought loads of flats and houses all over Bucharest, but her best investment by far was the townhouse that had once served as the official residence of Romania’s former dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu. The house could only be sold for around $1 million because it stood in such bad condition, but Eurica sold it for double that price without any effort at all. With the rest of her money, she invested in large shopping centers and even opened up a private hospital where she continues to work today.
Jeffrey Dampier – Net worth : $20 million (estimated)
The Illinois native was happily married to his wife Victoria, and they were looking forward to starting a family together when he hit it big. He generously gave away millions of dollars to friends and family, but this only fueled their greed: an evil sister-in-law decided to kill him and his wife so she could take everything for herself.
She lured the couple to her house with the promise of more money and, upon arrival, tied them down before shooting both of them in the head. While the sister-in-law is currently imprisoned for life, Victoria’s sister ended up with most of the money and even started a relationship with Dampier’s own brother.