Who doesn’t dream of landing those winning numbers? Everyone fantasizes about winning the lottery and being showered in millions. You can kiss your job goodbye and live happily ever after, floating in your private swimming pool… Right? That’s what we all like to think. Yet many of those who win the lottery eventually end up in even worse shape than they started in. Hard to believe but true. People make all kinds of stupid mistakes when they hit the big time, from making lousy investments to blowing it all on drugs. Here we profile 20 of the dumbest decisions that people made after each landing the jackpot.
20. Evelyn Adams
It’s hard to believe the luck of Evelyn Adams. She didn’t just win the lottery; she won it twice. The two prizes – in 1985 and 1986, respectively – totaled an impressive $5.4 million, in fact. Unfortunately, though, that was where her lucky streak ended. Adams took her money and dropped it into the slot machines of Atlantic City, one quarter at a time. She lost it all, too, and come the beginning of the 21st century she was back in a trailer.
19. Denise Rossi
Perhaps the biggest hint that your marriage is over? When your wife hides the fact that she won the lottery. It may sound crazy, but that’s exactly what Denise Rossi did. Shortly after winning $1.3 million in 1996, Rossi quietly filed for divorce. Unfortunately for her, though, it’s against the law to conceal your assets, and a judge subsequently handed all of her winnings over to her ex.