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Winning the Lottery Doesn't Fix Everything

The Powerball lottery has increased to an estimated jackpot of over $1 billion. The odds are against you, and winning the lottery doesn't mean life becomes an instant fantasy. There are many who have lost it all after winning it all, including these below.

Lara and Roger Griffiths lost each other.

Lara and Roger hardly argued before they won a $2.76 million lottery jackpot in 2005. They then bought a million-dollar house and a Porsche. Six years later, Roger left with the Porsche after Lara confronted him over emails with another woman. In addition, a freak fire destroyed their home.

Bud Post lost $16.2 million and arrested his brother.

William "Bud" Post won $16.2 million in the Pennsylvania lottery in 1988. A year later, he was $1 million in debt. A former girlfriend sued him for a share of his winnings. He also had to have his brother arrested for putting out a hit on him.

Martyn and Kay Tott lost their $5 million ticket.

Martyn and Kay lost a ticket worth $5 million in the UK lottery. They convinced officials but missed the 30-day time limit for reporting lost tickets.

Sharon Tirabassi is back at work.

Sharon was a single mother on welfare when she won $10,569,00.10 (Canadian) in 2004. She then spent it on a big house, fancy cars, parties, trips, family and loans to friends. Today she rides the bus, works part-time and lives in a rented home.

Evelyn Adams gave it to Atlantic City.

Evelyn Adams won $5.4 million. Unfortunately, she gambled it away in Atlantic City. She lives in a trailer park today.

Gerald Muswagon couldn't live with the guilt.

In 1998, Gerald Muswagon won the $10 million Super 7 jackpot in Canada. He spent it all on drinking and partying in only seven years. In 2005, he hung himself in his parents' garage.

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