Have you ever heard of the “Lottery Curse?” It’s the idea that winners of gigantic lottery jackpots are cursed by tragedy, whether that means losing all their money or befalling another terrible fate.
Read on for some of the craziest stories of lottery winners who were very, very unlucky.
Party All the Time: Curtis Sharp Jr.
In 1982, Curtis Sharp, Jr. won $5 million and started living a lavish lifestyle. Think Jay Gatsby, but more eighties. Money was thrown away on cars, women, houses, and lots and lots of parties.
Two wives, a drunk driving accident, and a whole lot of unnecessary purchases later, Sharp found himself flat broke.
This story does have something of a happy ending, though. Sharp is no longer rich, but he’s a sober and healthy minister.
From Rags to Riches and Back Again: William Post III
In 1988, William Post III was broke, and he made a daring decision that would seem pretty dumb if it didn’t TOTALLY work out for him. He pawned an unknown item for 40 bucks, spending all the money on lottery tickets. He ended up winning $16.2 million from the Pennsylvania lottery!
But half a year later, Post was $500k in debt. He eventually had to declare bankruptcy. Then, Post fired a shotgun at someone who was asking him for money, which landed him an assault charge.
Reports say that Post’s own brother hired a hitman to kill him and his wife so that he could have access to the lottery money. Apparently, establishing a genuine relationship of respect and goodwill would have been too difficult.
The hitman wasn’t successful, but sadly, Post passed away with no money to his name.
Money and Murder: Jeffrey Dampier
At the age of thirty, Jeffrey Dampier won $20 million from the Illinois lottery in 1996. He then moved his entire family to sunny Tampa Bay, FL. Dampier took care of his whole family’s finances, including the wife of his sister… with whom he was having an affair.
In 2005, things got ugly. The wife’s sister, Victoria Jackson, had a boyfriend named Nathaniel. Victoria and Nathaniel killed Dampier by luring him into a van and shooting him in the back of the head with a shotgun. They deserted the van on an empty road with Dampier’s body inside. It’s presumed that the couple, now in jail for life, was after his lotto money.
What do you think– do you believe in the Lottery Curse?