Meet some of the biggest lottery winners ever! How mega-millionaires keep their lives on track while enjoying their newfound riches. Then, a family struck by tragedy finds themselves with a huge lotto payout. And, get financial tips on what to do if you come into sudden wealth!
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What is life like after winning the lottery? For some, it is a dream come true and for others it is the start of a nightmare. But either way, the new money changes everything. In 2009, a NASCAR-loving, unemployed contractor named Joe Denette from Spotsylvania County, Virginia picked up a ticket for the Mega Millions lottery. He hit it big, splitting a $225 million jackpot and pocketing almost $48 million after taxes. Since then, he’s been living the dream.
“Wow, I’m set for life.” –Joe Denette
@KatieShow My first major purchase after taking care of mine & my family's debt…a house with a recording studio!
— Dee Barber Holiday (@_MellowDee) July 1, 2013
Brad Duke from Boise, Idaho, was the second biggest winner of all time when he won $220 million in 2005. Katie was supposed to interview him then, but Hurricane Katrina derailed their plans.
“I didn’t anticipate I would win what I did.” –Brad Duke
— DebraDompieri (@DebraDompieri) July 1, 2013
Everyone has dreamed of winning the lottery at one point. Terry and Devon Dill from Taft, California did just that, but then found their dream was really a nightmare.
“Those were the darkest times.” –Terry Dill
Wow talk about a curse of the lottery, listening to these stories @KatieShow talk show
— Tanisha (@CuteyT) July 1, 2013
Shirley Press was working as an emergency room doctor in Miami when she bought a lottery ticket in the hospital gift shop. She was stunned to find out that she had won $56 million. But the real surprise came after she collected the big jackpot when she realized that not everyone shared her joy at winning.
“It was scary.” –Dr. Shirley Press
@katiecouric pay bills, take care of family & loved ones & travel everywhere
— Bea (@sweeetbea) July 1, 2013
The Cerezo family from outside Chicago was facing an unimaginable tragedy, but they believe a guardian angel stepped in to help them through.
“We will continue being really responsible for what we’ve been given.” –Ricardo Cerezo
@katiecouric Lottery man talks about darkest moment, taking daughter off life support system! His defining moment in life!
— Kim Phelps (@MadDogMartha) July 1, 2013
What should you do if you win big and strike it rich? Robert Pagliarini, a financial advisor from Mission Viejo, California, specializes in helping people who come into sudden wealth.
“Don’t spend more than 10% of your win.” –Robert Pagliarini
I have my entire "What if I won" gameplan together @katiecouric. Who I'd donate to, where I'd live. And it's a "WHEN I win" game
— Allison Thomas (@BroadwayAllison) July 1, 2013