Lottery -Is There a Lottery Curse
Lotto Winner Finally Steps Forward
Holly Lahti finally came forward to claim her lottery ticket of $190 million. Can you even imagine what it would feel like to win that amount of money? The news has reported that she is young, a single mother of two children who lives in a town of 6,500 in northern Idaho. She won one half of the ticket with the other being won by a retired aerospace worker, Jim McCullar, from Washington state.
Obviously, there are many people who have won large amounts of money over the years, but the odds are very slim.
Pile of Money
Holly Lahti won Mega Millions
Holly Lahti reportedly has quit her job as a bank teller, and she has taken the time to get some professional advice. She did not attend her press conference in Boise and asked for privacy. She won by purchasing a Mega Millions quick pick and didn’t typically buy lottery tickets. People describe her in her town as “She is such a sweet person,” and “it’s all so wonderful and we are all so happy for her.” However, she is separated and not yet divorced from her husband that has a long criminal record.
Some wonder if she will fall victim to the dreaded “Lottery Curse”. The lottery curse has supposedly ruined the lives of several other lottery winners; with some saying they wish they had never won.
Hurley on "Lost" Started Curse Frenzy
Is the curse real? The winning numbers called a bit of a stir, as they are almost identical to the numbers on the winning lottery ticket numbers from the hit series “Lost”. The Mega Millions winning numbers were 4, 8, 15, 25, 47 and the mega ball number 42. On Lost, Hurley’s winning numbers were 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42. Hurley’s character on “Lost” started the frenzy over the “lottery curse”, letting people wonder if it was real.
Some Seem Cursed
If you judge the experience of some winners it would seem the curse is real.
- There was a FL winner, Abraham Shakespeare who won $31 million. He was harassed by family members for money and was accused of stealing the winning ticket, his girlfriend stole millions of his winnings and police discovered she ultimately killed him.
- In 2002, Jack Whittaker won $315 million in WV. He ended up having half his money stolen, plus his granddaughter and her boyfriend died of a drug overdose. Shortly after this loss, his daughter lost her life to an overdose as well.
- Jeffrey Dampler in 1996, won $20 million in the IL lottery and used the money to help his family. In 2005, his sister-in-law lured him into her apartment after telling him she was having car trouble. After his arrival she and her boyfriend kidnapped Dampler and ended up shooting him.
There are apparently several other tragic stories that make people think the curse is real. Personally, I think there are many evil and greedy people in this world, and the large amount of money attracts those types of people.
I don’t really think there is a curse as there have been many winners who have had wonderful experiences. I don’t buy tickets often but if I do win I will be sure and write about my experience. Do you think the curse is real?
Lottery Winners Curse
Do You Believe in the Lottery winners curse?
© 2011 Pamela Oglesby