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Craziest Things Lottery Winners Bought After Becoming Rich

Have you ever considered what your first purchases might be if you happened to strike it rich by winning the lottery?

Consider what the lucky lottery winners below purchased as inspiration!

An Entire Water Park

After John Kutey and his wife Linda became the winners of a $28.7 million Mega Millions jackpot in 2011, they donated $200,000 towards the construction of the Spray Park in Green Island, New York.

They had the water park built in honor of their parents.

An All-Female Wrestling Show

When 19-year-old Vargas won a $35.3 million Powerball in 2008, he decided to create “Wrestlicious,” a TV show which featured scantily-clad women performing sketch comedy.

It only lasted one season.

Marijuana Legalization

Hey, some things are really important to people, you know? Bob Erb is a Canadian pot activist who won $25 million after purchasing a lottery ticket on the way to his father’s funeral in 2012.

He spent $1 million of his winnings toward an annual event that supports marijuana legalization called 420 days.

The Rainbow Sherbet Trust

What better way to name a trust than naming it after your very favorite dessert? That’s what Louise White of Newport, Rhode Island, did after purchasing a lottery ticket worth $336.4 million.

The name of her trust? The Rainbow Sherbet Trust, which she named in hopes of benefiting her family for years to come.

Breast Enhancement Surgery for a Sister

When Miss Cockings won $4.2 million dollars, she decided she’d really love to help her family out. And what did her sister want the most? A breast augmentation. Thanks to sisterly love, she was more than willing to make it happen.

She also paid for vacations and cars for her family and also bought a new house for her parents.

Photography Lessons and Travel

When Lagarde had just turned 18, she never imagined that she might become the winner of a $1 million dollar prize—but it happened! Instead of accepting a lump sum, she opted to receive $1000 a week for the rest of her life.

She said she wanted to spend the money on travel and study photography, saying, “One of my dreams would be to work for National Geographic.”

Marion Prince

If Marion Price ever won the lottery, she’d accept the winnings anonymously, hire a lawyer right away, and live modestly on the interest payments from her lump-sum payment. Not that she has a plan or anything…

She finds the stories of lotto winners fascinating—especially those rags-to-riches-to-rags again stories of winners who had it all and then lost everything.

When she’s not researching tales of winners and losers for HowTheLuck, Marion enjoys horseback riding and hiking.

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