Winning the lottery is a dream come true for many. With a lottery lump sum payout, people can pay off their debt, buy a house, start a business, and do all sorts of things to improve their lives. That, or they can get a lottery annuity settlement, and use the annual lottery payments as income while they pursue their dreams.
Sometimes, though, winning the lottery can ruin your life. Here are just a few times winners wish they’d never gotten that lottery lump sum payout in the first place.
Michael Linskey and Whitey Bulger – Michael Linskey won $14 million in the Mass Millions lottery when he bought a ticket from the South Boston Liquor Mart… which happened to be owned by the infamous Boston gangster Whitey Bulger. Bulger paid Linskey a visit, and soon after, Linskey came out and said that he bought the ticket with Bulger “and a few friends,” meaning he had to split the $14 million.
Amanda Clayton Forgets She’s on Welfare. – After winning the lottery, Amanda Clayton should have discontinued her welfare coupons. She did not, though, and consequently continued collecting the checks, despite having $1 million in her bank account. She spent five years in jail before dying of a drug overdose.
Jose Antonio Cua-Toc Gets Deported. – Jose Antonio Cua-Toc fled Guatamela to the United States in 2000, and 10 years later, won $750,000 in the lottery. A dream come true? Not really. Since he was in the U.S. illegally, he asked his boss to cash it for him, which he did, but then kept the money. Cua-Toc then threatened his family and was jailed for several months on terrorism charges. He eventually won some of it back in a lawsuit, but then faced the choice of being deported, or leaving the country voluntarily.