Would you have a hard time deciding how to spend your winnings if it was in excess of £101.2 million? What would you buy first? Or would you invest? EuroMillions Lottery winners Dave and Angela Dawes decided to spend and bought a £9 million mansion.
And surprise, surprise, relatives came out of the woodwork to ask for a slice of the pie. But just two years down the track, the couple filed for divorce. After winning their millions and millions, the pair’s relationship struggled with pressures of what to do with their money.
Mae and Marvin Acosta ($327.8M)
Boom! California’s $327.8 million winners, Marvin and Mae Acosta, certainly were buzzing after that fateful call! At the time of their win, the US Powerball had surmounted to an unprecedented jackpot of $1.5 BILLION. The reason for this insane amount? Nineteen draws without any jackpot winner.
The first two winners came forward, but the third mysterious couple waited to claim their winning check. Six months after their win, the couple came into the office to claim their prize with a security detail! They meant business. Since their win, they’d assembled a team of lawyers and advisors to manage their wealth. Pretty clever, huh? The pair told the press they’d create trust and donate to charities.
William Post ($16.2 Million)
By the time of his death in 2006, William Post didn’t have a dollar to his name! The Pennsylvania resident won $16.2m in the lottery. However, he was hounded by people he knew for a share in his fortune. Less than a year after winning, his ex-girlfriend sued him for part of his winnings!
Then the other shocking blow came when his brother reportedly hired a hitman to take him out (Forbes.) While he combatted these attacks, he was also engaging in his own self-defeat, spending lavishly on houses, boats, and cars. Not to mention splurging on a twin-engine plane that he didn’t even have a license for!
Suzanne Mullins ($4.3 Million)
Winning the Virginia Lottery Jackpot, Suzanne Mullins agreed to divide the winnings between herself, her husband, and her daughter. Split three ways over a foreseen two decades, the trio would receive just under $50,000 each annually. But Ms. Mullins also had a heart and paid for a relative’s illness treatment - to the point where she was made to borrow from her future annual payments.
This didn’t end well, with Suzanne Mullins plunging herself into debt. By trying to take advantage of changed lottery rules, she stopped making payments on the illness loan. In the end, she had to pay $154,147 to the lender - so that’s another 3 years of her payments gone!
Patricia and Merle and Butler ($157.8M)
The winnings of the $656 Mega Millions Jackpot, the second-largest in history, were won by three winners - the first was couple Merle and Patricia Butler. The second was a group called “The Three Amigos,” who donned red suits with black gloves whilst they hid behind their check to maintain anonymity (hilarious, right?) and a third anonymous winner.
Anyway, Merle and Patricia had lived in Red Bud their entire lives and found they had won on a $3 quick-pick ticket. Patricia apparently “giggled for about four hours.” Heck, we’d be giggling too if we won $150 million!