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Lottery Winner Loses Happiness

The headline in The Telegraph read, "Lottery winner dies penniless after heart attack from money worries." The story was about a British baker, Keith Gough, who with his wife won the Lotto prize of ?9 million in 2005 (about $14 million U.S. dollars). He gave up his job as a baker and went on a spending spree, blowing millions on property, racehorses, alcohol, parties, gambling, an expensive BMW, a chauffeur, an executive box to watch his favorite football (soccer) team. His marriage ended. A con man he met in rehab tricked him out of more than $1 million.

He said, before the heart attack that ended his life at age 58, "My life was brilliant. But the lottery has ruined everything. What’s the point of having money when it sends you to bed crying?"

Suggested applications:

  • Sometimes we’re mistaken about what we think will make us happy.
  • Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." Luke 12:15

    Reference: Nick Britten, "Lottery winner dies penniless after heart attack from money worries," telegraph.co.uk (4/3/10)

  • Winning the Lottery

    What would it take to make your dreams come true?

    Many people think it would take what happened to Jack Whittaker on Christmas Day 2002: the 55-year-old West Virginian won the Powerball lottery of $314 million, ... [Read More]

    Reference: Washingtonpost.com (1/30/05)