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!
Dave and Angela Dawes (£101.2 Million Euros)
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.
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!
Adrian and Gillian Bayford (£148.6 Million Euros)
The couple from Suffolk, England, told the press that they would share their money with family and children’s charities, and with £148.6 Million in the bank, we’re pretty sure they’d be able to make a massive difference to many lives! The music shop owner and healthcare assistant became the UK’s second-biggest lottery winners.
The 41-year-old husband recalled checking his phone a number of times before sharing the news with his wife, whose main concern was settling the kids before bed! The couple, who’d been in a tight financial situation before the win, decided that instead of splurging on a party with expensive champagne, they celebrated with their two young children by going to Domino’s Pizza for dinner!
Lara and Roger Griffiths ($2.19m)
A little money can really go to your head, as was the case with Lara and Roger Griffiths! The British couple split just under a decade after winning the lottery in the UK. Mr. Griffiths had been playing in a band for some time and decided to invest in his passion project, while his wife Lara enjoyed being pampered and enjoying the luxe life!
The couple splurged, paying for luxury cars, an expensive house, designer garb, and a private school for their daughter! Instead of smartly investing for their and their daughter’s future, they squandered away their money and were left with less than $10.