So Amanda Clayton was on welfare, won a million dollar lottery, continued to collect welfare benefits because she wasn’t working, got convicted of fraud, was put on probation, and OD while in bed with her one and a half year old daughter?
I cannot begin to tell you what’s wrong with that.
Personal demons are not soothed by windfalls, unfortunately. Damaged people are still damaged. But with a ton of cash what restraints are there? Like pouring gasoline on flames. Reminds me of high school aged professional athletes, 18mnths later, dead behind the wheel of an outrageously priced car, wrapped around a tree, blood full of junk, millions in the bank.
There are lots of sad stories about people who win lottery or get other sudden, unexpected big windfalls of cash.
Money doesn’t change people - they are still the same idiot asshole/sane nice person they were before, just with more cash to continue being who they were.
This is of course especially true for addicts - alcoholics will buy more, better booze, drug addicts will have more stash on hand. But the same goes for the car fan who will then buy 30 cars, or the fashion freak who will get 987 pairs of shoes…you just remain the same person, with same tastes and interests, except now you can go nuts with your passion/addictions. Oh, and now you get 1000’s of people suddenly popping up out of nowhere who claim to be your best friend.
I like to think I could handle winning a huge amount of money - I know I would go into hiding until it calms down and my SO and I like to travel so we would just disappear and head off on a world trip first. But once again, I am sure we would return and just buy a bigger house perhaps, a new car, some techno toys…but pretty much remain the same people we are now.
Granted, this woman “only” won a million, but considering she had nothing and was on welfare, well that would have seemed like more money than she could ever spend at the time…until you read that article and find out she only had $67,000 left when she died. She must have been burning through that cash quickly, and I think it is safe to say she wasn’t clever enough to get an accountant who might have been able to invest some and given her a generous, but more sane amount of money to spend weekly/monthly.
Sad story, but if you Google stories about lottery winners, you will find many other really sad stories mixed in as well.