Let us be honest, we have all wished upon a star to win a jackpot at a lottery, but have you heard of the legend of the lottery curse? Well, it is not a real thing, but yes, many lottery winners have met strange tragedies.
It is not uncommon to hear that a certain lottery winner went broke a few years after winning big. You will be shocked to know that more than a few have met the fatal end after their lottery wins.
Here are ten strange lottery curse incidents from the pages of history.

Michael Carroll

One of the most famous cursed lottery winners across the pond, Michael Carroll hardly looks the part of a lotto winner since he spends his days doing manual labor. That’s because he frittered away his 10-million-pound win from just 16 years ago.

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Where did all the money go? Where else? Fast cars, fast drugs, and faster women. He threw lavish parties without considering the cost. In under a decade, the money was completely gone, leaving him working at a coal factory.

Callum Fitzpatrick

After winning half a million pounds at sixteen, it’s hard to know where to go in life. Tragically, Callum Fitzpatrick hardly had time to enjoy his before an untimely death. The resident of Northern Ireland won big in 2014 and used some of the money to visit his favorite soccer team, Manchester United.

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He did his best to lead a normal life despite his win, attending university and continuing to help out at his parents’ shop. Seven years later, at 23, he was recently discovered deceased. Though his cause of death was not disclosed, his family asked others to donate to suicide prevention centers in his honor.

William Post III

Winning 16 million dollars in 1988 might seem like the best thing that ever happened to William Post, but he might have disagreed with you. Unlike many other lottery winners, Post chose annuities, meaning that he would receive small payments over 30 years instead of a lump sum.

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Usually, annuities stop people from blowing all of their money at once, but it didn’t stop Post from trying. He managed to squander the majority of his initial $500,000 payment just weeks after it arrived. In the end, he filed for bankruptcy.

Callie Rogers

One of the youngest lottery winners ever, Callie Rogers was a tender sixteen-year-old when she won almost two million pounds in 2003. There’s probably a reason why kids shouldn’t have that much money. She ended up spending over 250,000 pounds alone on cocaine.

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The rest of the money went to expensive clothes, breast augmentation surgery, and a fourth of the money was given away to her friends and family members. We can only hope that some of these people were smarter with their generous gifts than she was and invested some of it!

Roger and Lara Griffiths

Prior to winning the lotto, the Griffiths were a typical happy couple. All of that changed when they took home nearly $2 million pounds from the lottery. They promptly bought a new house, Porsche, and started taking expensive vacations around the world. Sounds pretty great, right?

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Only five years later, their house burned down and wasn’t insured. Then, Lara found incriminating emails, suggesting Roger was having an affair. After being happily married for fourteen years, it seems a big lottery win was exactly what this couple didn’t need.

Evelyn Adams

One of the rare people who managed to win the lottery twice, it’s frankly amazing that Evelyn Adams was still able to end up without a cent to her name. The reason? A gambling addiction. Honestly, it’s probably the reason she continued to play the lottery after winning the first time.

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They say you don’t get second chances. Even though Adams did, it seems like all of the money from both wins went to the casinos in Atlantic City before she had a chance to make the most of her cash.

Kenneth and Connie Parker

In an almost hilarious turn of events, when the couple in their 70s finally won the lottery like they’d always dreamed, Connie kicked her husband out of their condo and flatly denied all of his requests to his share of the 25-million-dollar win. Apparently, she had put the money into her personal account, not the joint one they normally used.

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Deciding to divorce her after sixteen years of marriage, Parker ended up suing his wife for his split of the money. He seemed to have no idea that this was coming and claimed to have been blindsided by the tactic.

Lee Ryan

It might seem like Ryan’s luck can’t make up its mind. While awaiting his trial for handling stolen vehicles, Lee Ryan won 6.5 million pounds in the mid 1990s. He went to jail for the majority of the year, but as soon as he was free, he indulged in a massive spending spree to make up for lost time.

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A decade later, he moved to Kyrgyzstan where he lost the majority of his winnings as the political culture there, along with his investments, went south. By 2010, he had returned to London, and spent years sleeping rough.

Gillian and Adrian Bayford

After winning almost 150 million pounds, the Bayfords were hit by the lottery curse. Their previously happy marriage ended within a year and Gillian was arrested for assaulting an old ex-boyfriend of hers who’d apparently come sniffing around, hoping for part of her lottery win.

HATFIELD HEATH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 14: Adrian and Gillian Bayford celebrate winning the jackpot of over 148 million GBP in the EuroMillions lottery on August 14, 2012 in Hatfield Heath, England. The couple from Haverhill, Suffolk were the only winners of the Europe-wide lottery whose jackpot had rolled-over 14 times before being won by Mr and Mrs Bayford. HATFIELD HEATH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 14: Adrian and Gillian Bayford celebrate winning the jackpot of over 148 million GBP in the EuroMillions lottery on August 14, 2012 in Hatfield Heath, England. The couple from Haverhill, Suffolk were the only winners of the Europe-wide lottery whose jackpot had rolled-over 14 times before being won by Mr and Mrs Bayford.
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Adrian hasn’t had legal troubles, but he has been extremely unlucky in love since he and his wife split up. He’s had multiple girlfriends leave him, one of whom was his fiancée at the time.

Deborah McDonald

This story is more of an unfortunate turn of events than anything she did with her win. McDonald was thrilled when she won $5,000 from the Ohio Powerball. It may not have been the millions that some people take home, but it was enough for her and her husband to buy the wedding rings they’d always wanted.

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Sadly, after celebrating her windfall with her friends and family all night long, she went outside and was struck and killed by an oncoming car.

Abraham Shakespeare

Abraham hit it big after winning a $30 million jackpot in 2006. His friend and family literally chased him for money (guess that’s pretty normal). Anyway, fast forward, Abraham met Dorice Moore, aka Dee Dee, who tricked him into believing that she is protecting him from all the greedy ones around him.

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In the end, Moore convinced Shakespeare to transfer his winnings to her, and then he went missing. Dee Dee is now serving a life sentence (without parole) for murdering Abraham Shakespeare.

David Lee Edwards

David Edwards was a former felon and drug addict who won a whopping $27 million lottery in 2001. He quickly went on an extravagant shopping spree purchasing a $1.6 million home in Palm Beach Gardens. He also treated himself to three racehorses, a Lamborghini Diablo, and invested in a fiber-optic company, limo business, etc.

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In short, he simply blew it all away within a few years and was back on the streets. Till his death, Edward lived in a storage unit with human feces around him.

Jeffrey Dampier

Dampier won a #20 million jackpot in the Illinois lottery, and soon after, his family members turned against him. He splashed the cash on his family in the form of gifts and cash, but his sister-in-law, Victoria Jackson, wanted more.

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Seven years after his big win, Victoria plotted with her boyfriend and kidnapped Dampier. The police found Dampier’s body with a gunshot in the back of his head. Both accomplices are now serving a life sentence for murdering Jeffrey Dampier.

Urooj Khan

Urooj Khan was a 46-year-old happy-go-lucky man from Chicago who dropped dead a day after winning a million-dollar in a lottery back in 2012. The medical autopsy later revealed that Khan died cause of cyanide poisoning.

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The authorities suspected his sister-in-law along with her father of murdering Khan, but no one pressed charges. Urooj Khan’s properties and winnings went to his widow and daughter.

Jack Whittaker

Whittaker came from West Virginia and was already a millionaire when he hit a $315 million jackpot at a Powerball lottery win in 2002. He used most of his lottery winning for good causes, such as donating 10 percent of the money to Christian charities and building churches.

He also founded a Jack Whittaker Foundation to offer food and clothes to low-income families.  However, all that good could not save him from the lottery curse following an arrest for driving under the influence and threatening a bartender.

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A woman sued Whittaker for groping in public at a racetrack. Thieves robbed him twice, once for $500,000 outside a strip club and the second time left him $200,000 short on cash. He used to give his granddaughter a $2,100 weekly allowance. She and her boyfriend died due to a drug overdose.

Amanda Clayton

Amanda Clayton was a single mom who got rich by winning the lotto of $1 million in Michigan back in 2011. Clayton was a welfare recipient who struggled to care for her kids.

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However, she committed welfare fraud by continuing to receive food stamps after winning the lotto. Amanda received a sentence to probation for the crime. In 2012, at the age of 25, Clayton died of a drug overdose.

Curtis Sharp

Curtis Sharp won $5 million in 1982, and the lottery’s PR team saw this as an opportunity to promote Curtis as an example. He was a dishwasher who went from rags to riches overnight. Lottery Company made Sharp into the “Five Million Dollar Man” and motivated people to buy lottery tickets to change their lives.

Sharp was famous for his larger-than-life persona and wearing a bowler hat. He was a walking ambassador for the lottery while splashing his cash on women, parties, flashy cars, and new houses. However, the lottery curse soon hit him as he divorced his wife for another girl.

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He was spending his money like anything and had become a drunkard. Result? His second wife also divorced him, and soon Sharp ran out of money. Luckily, he turned toward God, made amends, and is now a minister. However, Sharp is still a believer and regularly buys a lottery ticket.

Billy Bob Harrell

Billy Bob Harrell wanted to become a minister but was unsuccessful. He won a $31 million Texas Jackpot and found the means to support his family. Harrell was a generous guy and helped his family and church. However, they would just not stop asking for money.

Two years after the win, the lottery curse struck hard, and Harrell committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest.

Willie Seeley

Willey Seeley and 15 other co-workers created a lottery syndicate and won a jackpot in 2013. Their lottery pool was known as Oceans 16, and it was one of the three that won a $450 million Powerball lottery jackpot.

After splitting the money three ways and splitting the remainder of the money amongst 16 members of the pool, Seeley only got $4 million after taxes. However, Seeley and his wife constantly complained that their life had changed for the worse as even the distant relatives showed up asking for cash, which was overwhelming.

Gerald Muswagon

Gerald Muswagon hit a $10 million lottery win in northern Manitoba, Canada. He was a generous guy and immediately bought a house and eight massive brand new TV screens for his friends.

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However, the lottery curse made things go south, and he started drinking. Police arrested Muswagon repeatedly for infractions, and his logging business went bust too. He was even under arrest for sexually assaulting a 19-year-old girl. Muswagon went into severe depression and hung himself.

Conclusion

Whether the lottery curse is a myth, reality, or a coincidence, you must be careful about what you wish for. So, do you still want to win a lottery?