More Money, More Problems

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What would you do if you won the lottery? People think they know what they’re going to do with the money if they win. Almost none of them end up winning. For the few that do, it doesn’t seem to matter how well they planned it out. They usually end up worse off than they were before they won.

One example is Abraham Shakespeare, who was murdered by a new friend he made soon after winning $30 million in the lottery. This is just one example of the type of “friend” you might make from winning. Not to mention, even your original friends could start using you because they may feel entitled to some of your fortune. Soon, you have people asking from all directions and you might learn that you have more relatives than you thought. How can you keep tabs on everyone? If the word gets out on social media, you might as well change your number and move far away.

Not to mention, bankruptcy is more common for lottery winners. People have a higher credit limit than their used to, so they feel that they can just buy whatever they want. Then the interest comes back to bite them and they end up broke. Without proper planning, it’s easy to lose it all.

Many people quit their jobs because they believe they are set for life after winning the lottery. But when they do that, boredom sets in. Not having a day job can open for a lot of idle time which can lead to parties, gambling and excessive shopping. Jack Whittaker is a prime example of how tragic life can be when you win big. After winning $315 million he eventually lost his granddaughter to drug overdose, and then his daughter to overdose five years later. He blames both cases on the money.

There are happy endings when somebody wins the lottery, but they are surprisingly uncommon. Many of the winners aren’t prepared for the repercussions of becoming filthy rich overnight. In my opinion, it’s not worth it to even play the lottery because the chances of winning are so low, and you’ll just end up wasting money on tickets.

A jackpot winner's wallet a few years after winning the lottery

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