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Powerball winner dies penniless, 12 years after winning $27 million

Topic closed. 82 replies. Last post 3 years ago by fwlawrence.

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Miramar, Fl
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Posted: December 3, 2013, 11:34 pm - IP Logged

I remember watching hiim on How Lottery changed my life what happeend was he owed taxes and so the IRS took it all to pay for back taxes and that's what happens when you live in a gated community no taxes no toys.

Sad though very sad.

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    Eatontown, NJ
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    November 29, 2011
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    Posted: December 3, 2013, 11:47 pm - IP Logged

    Wow- on face value is this not a case of the Kettle calling the Pot black?

    Lord have Mercy..

    Green laughMy thoughts exactly! Kyokushin forgot to look at his avatar before he wrote that!

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      Baltimore, MD
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      Posted: December 3, 2013, 11:48 pm - IP Logged

      In the movie WallStreet, Michael Douglas as Gordon Gecko told Charlie Sheen as Bud Fox "A fool and his money are lucky to get together in the first place". Clearly this wasn't one of those cases. A certain amount of people are not emotionally mature to handle winning or being given a large amount of money. Rich people maintain their wealth, because they know how to invest it and are mature enough not to flunder their wealth.

      Following the trends and patterns means following the money!Banana

        Downhere, S.C.
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        Posted: December 4, 2013, 1:41 am - IP Logged

        Yes. Its like the decider of who wins the lottery has a great sense of humor. Some guy in SC decides to play PB for the first time and hit a $400M jp on 09/18/13. Then another guys wins a crazy jp and let their ticket expire. And then we the dillidgent ones cannot even win $1,000. Its crazy.

        Yep, and the guy in SC is doing just fine......

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          jeffrey's avatar - moon
          Hamilton, OH
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          Posted: December 4, 2013, 1:41 am - IP Logged

          it makes me sick. when he won, i was hoping to win enough to keep my family alive after they were poisoned by an illegall toxic waste dump. i paid every penny i had and then some to keep them alive with hospital care. i just couldn't swing the million dollars for transplants and they died screaming in agony. wonder why scum bags get the breaks?

            Arrowhead's avatar - underground
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            Posted: December 4, 2013, 1:46 am - IP Logged

            A million bucks worth of luxary cars parked curbside at his $1.6 million mansion. What a clown.

            Ya know, $27 million is alot of money, but, especially if that's a pre-tax figure, isn't ALOT OF MONEY, if you catch my drift.

            And he didn't have the wherewithal to set up a trust for his daughter. That's unconscionable.

            Between this story and the ones of unclaimed million-dollar jackpots, it's enough to scream to the Lotto gods..."Let me win, I'd do this right!"

              Nodda4me's avatar - LhDlsh8
              Roanoke, VA
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              Posted: December 4, 2013, 1:47 am - IP Logged

              what a loser


              why do druggy convicted felons get to win? really.. they need to do a full background check before handing over that kind of money..


              If I won a million I would make a budget of 25k a year.. (I'm living off 16.8k right now).. that would spread out for at LEAST 40 years!


              dumb people with no brains

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                Posted: December 4, 2013, 1:56 am - IP Logged

                I'll never understand big money and new found drug addictions

                ....of all the things there are to do in this world why would someone with that kind of money even do drugs to begin with?

                All the money in the world won't usually change who you are. Money is just a tool that let's you do a better job of being who you already are.

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                  Posted: December 4, 2013, 1:59 am - IP Logged

                  I Agree! w/ Arrowhead,  especially with it really not being a lot of money, at least not nearly enough to have bought all the "toys" he did.   I bet he probably couldn't have kept them all, even if he'd invested the remainder of his money...would've been a lot of upkeep on the mansion, insurance f/ the cars, etc.   It was all the "junk" he bought that really floors me.  I can understand blowing a good chunk on "stuff" when you win, especially if you've never had many possessions in your life,  but more-or-less wasting it on fake swords and such is beyond comprehension, at least it is to me.

                  I just spent some time looking at his daughter's Facebook page;  I really shouldn't comment on what type of person she seems to be by her posts and shares, but from what I saw,  it looks like the apple didn't fall far from the tree.  Her baby is due on the 11th of this month, I believe.

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                    Posted: December 4, 2013, 5:43 am - IP Logged

                    im no christian im an athiest. but i see it as hes his own destiny, made from the past, but the only one to  guide his future. his past makes who he is now. but he can change it. he didnt have the  strnghth of character to change and the money destroyed him. maybe he didnt have any friends stong enough tt vll him an idiot. and say thats stupid. you're an idiot.  maybe all his friends  had their hands out.


                    its a shame, a shame for him, his family. and that we dont have pity.  lets hope we all  have the strngth to call out our loved ones, or friends if they ever win if they  go down this path.or that if  we do , we have  someone close who cares enough about us to save us  from ourselves.

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                      rdgrnr's avatar - walt
                      Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
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                      Posted: December 4, 2013, 5:51 am - IP Logged

                      Roll Eyes they ought to out law HOAs !!

                      HOAs can be a blessing or a curse.

                      You move into a gated community like he was in mostly to get away from low class people (like him, sadly).

                      You're there because you don't want to deal with the hassle of dealing with all the usual traits of low class people, like blasting music and garbage strewn everywhere and curbside engine overhauls and brake jobs and stoop sitting and all night parties and vehicles parked all over the place and attitudes and all the rest. The HOA can prevent or get rid of problems like that for you.

                      The downside is if you get a few libs on the board, and as libs, they naturally feel it's their job to create new rules and regulations at every board meeting to meet their intrinsic passion to have control over other people. That's when HOAs are a curse.

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                        Posted: December 4, 2013, 9:57 am - IP Logged

                        Second that prayer, May he RIP.  ( We are not to judge lest we be judged.) Unhappy

                        Wonder if he ever spent any of his windfall on recovery? Only the Good Lord knows.

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                          Posted: December 4, 2013, 10:36 am - IP Logged

                            Hi Coin Toss, 

                              I agree with you because it is definitely a message in his story. He did a combination of things with his money. I like that he did help some of his friends but he went far too too far with some of his purchases. Too extragavant. And the drug problem didn't help either. When he first won, and they did a story on him I thought he was a balanced indivdual.  He purchased a Lear Jet and many cars. What happenend to those items?

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                            Egg Harbor twp.south Jersey shore
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                            Posted: December 4, 2013, 10:40 am - IP Logged

                            Maybe its because the " other winners" did not dabble with drugs or contraband. They kept their noses clean and invested well.

                            I believe that's correct, assuming 3 other winners that's a 75% success rate.

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                              Posted: December 4, 2013, 11:42 am - IP Logged

                              It's incredibly difficult for me not to feel sorry for how it all ended for this guy. I don't subscribe to the notion that he was stupid and therefore this was unexpected. These things happen. Guilt. Pressure. Society. Unable to Cope. Past Demons. Being Overwhelmed. Overconfidence. These just a few of the things that winners face. Some are better able to cope than others. Some are fine and relatively grounded, but then family and friends steer them off track. Some are messed up but then family and friends steer them on the right path. This could EASILY happen to any of us. RIP man.

                              "It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven't lost the things that money can't buy." - George Lorimer