18. Lara and Roger Griffiths
Lara and Roger Griffiths from the U.K. were ready to pop the champagne when they won the equivalent of $2.3 million. They immediately bought a Porsche and a house – but it appears money can’t fix everything. Their marriage fell apart when Lara accused Roger of cheating. Then their house burned down. And in the end, they were divorced, broke and homeless.
17. Alex and Rhoda Toth
What could be better for a marriage than a lottery win, right? Well, think again. When Alex and Rhoda Toth won $13 million in 1990, they wisely chose to receive their winnings in installments over two decades. However, they unwisely decided to party down in Vegas and then became embroiled in legal battles with their family. As a result, they wound up living in a trailer, using their car engine for electricity.
16. Willie Hurt
Michigan man Willie Hurt won $3.1 million back in 1989, and his big prize gave him a chance to turn it all around. However, his primary investments ended up being a crack cocaine addiction and a divorce. A mere two years after his win, moreover, he was broke once more and facing murder charges to boot.