Poor Mr. Rossi – a faithful husband of over 25 years, got the call that his wife wanted a divorce. A shock, right? She also wanted it ASAP. Sound fishy? You bet! 11 days before, it was found that Mrs. Denise Rossi had hit the jackpot with $1.3 million in the California state lottery!
Once her little secret became a big issue, a Los Angeles family court judge then passed down the ruling that she had intentionally broken asset-disclosure laws to hide her winnings. In spite of her efforts, the lottery winnings were, in the end, awarded to her now ex-husband. Attorney for Mr. Rossi, Marc Lerner, told the press “Moral of the story: It pays to be honest from the beginning.”
Stuart and Elizabeth Hodgson (800K)
“I entered because my wife told me to” - and who said it was ever a bad idea to listen to your better half? In the case of Stuart and Elizabeth Hodgson, it was definitely the right choice, with the pair scooping up a life-changing sum of money, amounting to £800,000!
The pair, who ran a Bed and Breakfast for thirteen years, were the winners of the postcode CF72 8FG lottery. Mr. Hodgson remarked to the press about how his wife had been urging him to sign up. Luckily, he finally relented.
Janite Lee ($18M)
Working in a wig shop in Illinois, South Korean immigrant Janite Lee could hardly believe it when she got $18 million in the state’s lottery. We also were disbelieving when we saw Ms. Lee go from being a multi-millionaire who schmoozed with politicians to filing for bankruptcy!
Ms. Lee chose to receive her win in the form of an annuity rather than a lump sum. This enabled her to receive $620,000 a year for well.. a while. She moved into a nicer home and then went quiet. But apparently, she was busy - leasing luxury cars, borrowing from banks, and spending money before it was dropped into her account. Less than a decade after winning, she was in $2.5 million debt and had less than $700 in her account!
John and Lisa Robinson ($327.8M)
Winning a part of the $1.8 billion jackpot, John and Lisa Robinson made the smart first choice of receiving advice from a Memphis-based attorney. Okay, found the attorney, check. Step two - hire a financial advisor. But seriously, it’s not a bad gameplay.
While they are now living the higher life, they have faced some scrutiny, with one neighbor saying that Mrs. Robinson went to work the day after they won. Gotta stay humble.
Shane Missler ($282M)
The 20-year-old was the sole winner of over $450 million! Mr. Shane Missler purchased five Quick Pick tickets at a 7-Eleven in Florida, with one of them matching all six Mega Millions numbers! Missler started out with good intentions, hoping to spend his net earnings of $280 million on his family.
Missler said that he'd enjoy his winnings but, at the same time, lay down a path for financial security. The good news is, there’s no news on how he’s doing. So all we can think is that he’s definitely paving his way with good financial habits and smart spending!