Broke After Winning the Lottery? Could it Happen to You?

Won the lottery lately? No, but I bet you wish you did. What would you do if you won a couple million today? Would you pay off your bills? Would you get a new wardrobe? Would you open up that savings account you've been telling yourself you'd get around to? Would you tell all of your friends that you've got money and they don't? Just what would you do if you won the lottery today? Maybe your life would be great, but maybe it would be completely ruined. How so you ask. Well, here's how.One man told a story of how winning the lottery made his life a living nightmare. In Mount Hope, West Virginia, Jack Whittaker often thinks about whether winning the $315 million dollar Powerball was really worth it. After winning, his wife left him, his daughter died after using a lot of drugs, and his other daughter was struck with cancer. Now with divorce papers in hand, Whittaker is worn out from winning the lottery.

The kicker is that Jack Whittaker was already wealthy. An owner of several businesses throughout his life, his family lived what would be called a lavish lifestyle.

However, wealth from business ventures and wealth from winning the lottery are two completely different things. Once someone wins the lottery, it becomes a big deal to the public. The news calls it the big story. The papers call it the front page, "Man wins $315 million powerball!" That's when Whittaker's life starting to go down.

The media began to delve into and exploit his drinking problems and other personal issues. Even Whittaker asks, how a wife could put up with such things. Tales of his problems were retold with drama that would get the public to read and pay attention. Whittaker doesn't have any friends. They all wanted to borrow money, and you know what happens to friends when they borrow money.

After looking at the story of Jack Whittaker, I have one question for you: Have you been thinking about winning the lottery lately? If so, perhaps you should just consider putting in some overtime at work. It might just save you some headache. Just think about it, if you were to win the lottery, the media would flock to you, and you know it's not the average happy go lucky story that sells the most papers. You've got a lot to think about don't you? Well, take your time, and don't quit your day job.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/LIVING/wayoflife/09/13/lottery.nightmare.ap/index.html

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