It is a common enough dream to scoop an unimaginable amount of money on the lottery. But for a surprisingly large number of winners, that dream quickly descends into a nightmare. Relatives and friends all want a cut, spending gets out of hand, and sometimes drugs and booze take their toll. And in the most tragic cases, a lottery win can even lead to premature death.
1. Abraham Shakespeare
Assistant truck driver Abraham Shakespeare’s lottery ticket, bought in November 2006, saw the 40-year-old win $17 million. But, in actual fact, Shakespeare had asked his fellow driver, Michael Ford, to buy the winning numbers in Frostproof, Florida. This was the first sign of trouble for Shakespeare. Subsequently, Ford tried to sue the winner for £1 million. The litigation was unsuccessful but unfortunately this was not an end to Shakespeare’s dramas. Three years after the win, his worried family went to the police to report his disappearance.