Hitting the jackpot is every person's dream. Imagine the things you can do and the things you can buy with all the money. Though Jessie J once sang that "it's not about the money", deep in your heart, you know that money can help buy you happiness and improve your life.
Which is why, despite all the odds against winning the jackpot, many will still line up and bet their luckiest numbers for a chance to win millions of dollars. After all, even if mathematicians calculate that the odds of winning can be as low as one in 171 million, you know that someone is bound to win sooner or later. So why can’t you be that one?
If you are really feeling lucky, try to bet on Spain’s Christmas lottery. Called the Sorteo Extraordinario de Navidad, its jackpot prize last year reached $941.8 million. That’s just a few million short of being included in the Forbes’ list of billionaires.
Of course, after hitting the jackpot, make sure that you are in the correct mind set in order to sustain yourself for the rest of your life, financially. Don’t do dumb things like what some winners have done through the years. Here is a list of the top 10 stupidest things people have done after hitting the jackpot.
10 Asking somebody else to claim the prize – Jose Antonio Cua-Toc, $750,000
9 Putting the Ticket in the Trash Bin – Joseph and Joanne Zagami, $1 million
8 Forgetting about the Ticket – Ron Yurcus, $1 million
7 Helping to Steal a Car – John Ross, Jr., $2 million
6 Unnecessary Cosmetic Surgery – Callie Rogers, $3 million
5 Drug Abuse – Willie Hurt, $3.1 million
4 Gamble the Money Away – Evelyn Adams, $5.4 million
3 Holding Demolition Derbies in the Backyard – Michael Carroll, $15 million
2 Having your ticket stolen – Etta May Urquhart, $51 million
1 Going to a Strip Club – Jack Whittaker, $315 million
Jack Whittaker is a contractor from West Virginia. In 2002, he won $315 million dollars in the Powerball lottery. Whittaker couldn’t control himself and gave in to his urges, visiting a strip club where $545,000 of his money got stolen.
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