How many of you rushed out to buy a Powerball ticket, hoping to win the $546 million prize in the recent drawing?Of course you wouldn’t be alone in that endeavor if you had. After all, it’s a dream of countless millions around the country to win the lottery. People dream of finally having the money to do anything and everything they’ve ever dreamed of and more. In fact, many experts say that simply buying a ticket is enough to increase the happiness of the purchaser because the rush of hope and fantasies bring a slice of joy to otherwise normal lives.
And as the jackpot rises higher and higher, so too do the dreams. Lottery players fantasize that by winning, they could finally travel the world, buy houses for loved ones, pay off debt… A sudden windfall of cash seems like a dream come true, a way to improve lives and finally find happiness.
But is sudden wealth really all it’s cut out to be? For the average Joe, that money likely comes with more problems than many realize. How do you invest it? Who do you trust? What do you tell people who come knocking on your door, begging for help? After all, you can’t help everyone. Then there are the legal hassles, the people who try to come after your money. In fact, it’s all a bit terrifying.
Take it from people who actually know what it’s like. People who won big, and then, instead of watching all their dreams come true, they watched their lives fall apart right before their very eyes. And for a few unlucky souls, they may have been better off if they’d never won the lottery in the first place. Heck, more than one of them might still be alive today had they never purchased that ticket.
But sadly, it’s too late for that now.