Top 10 Unlucky Lottery Winners

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6. Janite Lee

In 1993, Janite lee of Missouri won $18 million. Lee was generous to a variety of causes, including various political organizations, education programs and the community services. According to published reports, eight years after winning, Lee had filed for bankruptcy with only $700 left.

7. Southeastern Family

In the early 1990s, a Southeastern family won $4.2 million. In almost no time at almost all of their winnings were spent on a huge house, cars, and various requests from family members. They bought a huge house and succumbed to repeated family requests for help in paying off debts. Eleven years after winning, the couple got divorced, the house was sold and what was left of their lottery winnings had to be split.

8. Kenneth and Connie Parker

When Kenneth Parker’s wife cashed a $25 million lottery ticket in winter of 2002, he thought they would have a new life. Now it seems they will — but not together. A few months later, he said his wife turned cold, kicked him out of the condo they had bought, and told him she was keeping all the money. Kenneth, however, took his anger and filed—in court, seeking both a divorce and what he feels is his share of the cash.

9. Jeffrey Dampier

Jeffrey Dampier won a $20 million jackpot and was then kidnapped and murdered by his own sister-in-law who hoped to inherit the winnings. Victoria Jackson and Nathaniel Jackson faced charges of first-degree murder, armed kidnapping and armed carjacking. Authorities say they invited Dampier to their apartment July 25, 2005, then tied his wrists together and ordered him into his van at gunpoint. Victoria Jackson killed Dampier with a shot to the head, according to records.

10. Jack Whittaker

Jack Whittaker is a businessman who became famous when he won US$315 million in the Powerball multi state lottery. At the time it was the largest jackpot ever won by a single winning ticket in the history of American lottery. He has garnered even more publicity since his win due to several well-publicized brushes with the law as well as personal tragedies.  Though he began with intentions to do good with his winnings, his world quickly fell apart with the death of his granddaughter Brandi from a drug overdose which was funded by her allowance from Whittaker and the breakup of his marriage. Whittaker did give money to churches and to people who were in need but was soon bombarded with lawsuits, thievery and greed. He turned to drinking as he watched what he called the “powerball curse” destroy his life.