Posted on 26 January 2016.
Did you know that lottery winners go broke at twice the rate of the rest of the population? It’s quite a statistic, don’t you think? You ask someone to scrimp and save all their lives and they dutifully squirrel away a few pennies for a rainy day. But give someone all the money they have ever dreamt of and the brakes come off in a way that you couldn’t imagine!
These stories of what some of the most notorious lottery and casino winners have done may not restore your faith in human kind, but they might make you feel better about not being stupid.
RIGHT: [326/365] Lottery Money” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Lisa Brewster
The stories below are full of wins which might tempt you to try your luck in the lottery or visit an online casino such as Titan Casino Online but success is of course not guaranteed.
In the meantime, the rest of us might be well advised to concentrate on the thrill of the game rather than the winnings. As they make a point of saying when you sign up to most online games it’s about enjoying playing.
Taking it in their stride
Lottery winners Stan and Pat Cable won £4 million in 2008 (it’s more in dollars). At a time in life when you might expect them to put their feet up and enjoy themselves, Stan and Pat did exactly the opposite. They’re still living modestly in their two bedroom rented house in the south of England. They say they like their neighbours. Occasionally they splash out on an afternoon cake and a cup of tea.
Too much too young
When 16-year-old Callie Rogers scooped £1.9 million (enough dollars to buy a nice boat) she did things differently. Callie was suddenly incredibly popular and she liked being popular. Within a few short years she was back on the breadline. But here’s the weird thing – it was only after she’d resumed the sort of life the rest of us ‘enjoy’ that she found happiness. All play and no work has its downside too apparently.
Playing it straight
When Austrian Josef Reiner played away his winnings at a Vienna casino and left with a big loss it was just the start. Too afraid to admit to his wife what he’d done, Reiner faked a robbery and claimed he’d been its unhappy victim. You can’t fault Herr Reiner for his thoroughness. He broke his own nose, jaw and arm with an iron bar as part of the ruse. Sadly, poor Josef’s will was every bit as fragile as his bones – within days his wife had dragged the truth out of him. Ouch!
There’s no accounting for taste
Flash cars and parties aren’t for everyone. Michael Egglestone’s £2.7 million (pick a number) mostly went on a heart operation – but he kept enough back to treat himself to a new set of wheels. But can you believe he spent £8,000 (way too much) on one of these…
“Flaming Reliant” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Rob_sg
Big wins may be great if you want to knock down your own mansion or surgically extend the size of your chest but in the real world it seems they might not actually provide the route to ever-lasting happiness, love and all of that messy business. Obviously, this is something that the writer of this piece IS prepared to research first hand – in the name of good journalism, you understand – just to be sure.