The Lottery Curse: 10 Winners Who Lost Millions

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Have you ever wondered why millions of Americans are secretly addicted to playing the lottery? Even if the chances of anyone actually winning are 1 in 175,223,510? Many of us know at least one person whose religiously dedicated to winning the almighty jackpot–even if they’re aware of the extremely slim odds. Maybe it’s the mere idea of receiving a life changing amount of money which serves as the motivation for them to spend their personal cash, to potentially win more. The fantasy of winning has grown so that many would spend their last dollar purchasing a ticket, rather than saving for a rainy day.

So what would you do if you were that lucky 1 in 175 million who picked a winning ticket and became the sudden inheritor of untold millions? Perhaps a brand new car, fancy new house and lavish vacations; or even providing your family the life you’ve always dreamed of. That is the hopeful thinking many past winners had before their lives were completely rearranged with issues surrounding their new found riches. Many forget about the impact their win will have on those they love most; threats from friends and strangers, robbery and the classic distant relatives appearing out of the woodwork. Check out our list of the 10 most unlucky lottery winners whose millions tragically changed their lives forever. Seems to us like the old saying, “Money won’t make you happy”, should be changed to, “Winning the lotto won’t make you happy”.

10. Urooj Khan, $1 million

46-year-old Chicago native Urooj Khan had sworn off lottery tickets, yet took one last try at the lotto and actually won in June 2012. Khan decided to accept one lump sum instead of receiving his earnings in payments, and was awaiting his check when tragedy struck. After the check was sent on July 19, 2012, Khan mysteriously passed away the very next day. Medical examiners determined his death was due to natural causes, finding no trace of foul play. But when a relative urged the police to conduct further investigation and testing, it was discovered that Khan had actually ingested cyanide, a lethal poison. The bitter white powder which can kill a person in minutes was reason to change the case to a homicide investigation which is still open today.