We all have dreamed that our lives will turn out to be a fairy tale if we have a large sum of money. People who gamble have only one dream, which is winning the lottery. Money is a challenge, especially a large amount of it which is often impossible to manage, especially if one is not ready for it. On the positive side, in this article, I will gather a few tales about how people changed after they became lucky and won.

1. MICKEY CARROLL – TEN MILLION EUROS

Mickey Carroll was a garbage man. When he was only nineteen years old in the year 2002, he managed to win over ten million euros. During this time, the media dubbed mickey, the king of the chavs, and lotto lout. After the win, Mickey bought himself golden knick-knacks and other jewelry to decorate himself. His lifestyle changed into a classy one, where he began hosting wild parties in the elite mansion he bought for seven hundred thousand euros.

One time with his friends, they drove around at night and fired balls from a catapult, which resulted in breaking thirty cars. A few years after all this extravagant spending, he ran out of money, which resulted to selling his mansion for one hundred thousand euros only to pay his debts. Mickey went back to his sanitation worker‘s job and repairing though he says he has no regrets.

2. PETER LAVERY – TEN MILLION EUROS

Peter Lavery, who is from Belfast, was a bus driver before winning the lottery. When he won the money, he opened several businesses where one of his great companies is the Cooley Whiskey Distillery, which is ranked the best in Belfast within the previous seventy-five years. Peter also owns a two-hundred seat restaurant and a tasting room. Peter confesses that he works more than he did before the win, though he is happy since the distillery is similar to another a lottery prize for him. Peter benefited the most from his victory.

3. KARL CROMPTON – ELEVEN MILLION EUROS

In the year 1996, Karl won a total of eleven million euros, and he became a paparazzi sweetheart. Karl led the life of a rock star, and he had the looks of a playboy; he threw wild parties,  spent thousands of pounds gambling and playing online slots and bought luxury items. The media dubbed him a “rollover Romeo” and the most eligible bachelor in the United Kingdom. Karl invested in real estate, which doubled his fortune.

4. BRAD DUKE – TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS  

Brad was financially stable even before he won. Brad, who is from Idaho in the United States, initially owned five franchised gold gym fitness centers. In the year 2005, he won the lottery, and his ambition was to invest and raise it to one billion dollars and help others. Brad was a man of his word and invested in real estate and bonds while managing his gym centers and doing charity work. Brad has not reached his said target of one billion dollars but he has doubled his capital and has said that he would like to do the right thing with his money and share his experiences with others.

5. ANDREW J. WHITTAKER, JR. -THREE HUNDRED AND FOURTEEN MILLION DOLLARS

Andrew won the jackpot of the Power Ball Lottery; he first gave ten percent of his win to charity and even purchased a car and a house for the shop assistant who had sold him the lucky ticket. Andrew owned a construction company, which was approximately worth seventeen million dollars, which many people thought he would be able to invest and thrive on making it better. Unfortunately, Andrew turned into gambling and drinking, spending a lot of money. In one instance, robbers grabbed five hundred thousand dollars from his car. Unfortunately, somebody forged his cheques and cleared his bank accounts. Recently in 2016, his house burned down, and unluckily enough, it was not insured. Hence in four years, Andrew was left bankrupt with a debt to a casino of $1.5 M.

CONCLUSION

Winning the lottery ushers in a change in an individual’s life. People feel after winning a lottery; their miseries will vanish or somehow get solved, though that is not usually what happens as a vast amount of money can come with a lot of challenges.