Business: $500 Million Powerball Jackpot: The Tragic Stories of the Lottery’s Unluckiest Winners Need a little proof that money doesn’t buy happiness? For these 10 lottery winners, cashing in turned out to have been the worst decision of their lives.

The Unlucky Winners

By Nick Carbone

Powerball tickets are printed Tuesday afternoon at the Shell Station on Chatham Parkway in Savannah, Ga.

Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is now expected to be an unimaginable $500 million, the second-biggest jackpot in history behind March’s $656 Mega Millions pot. But winning the lottery can have its pitfalls. Distant relatives and fair-weather friends can come clamoring for their share; spouse can turn on spouse; kidnapping and murder can suddenly become very real threats. And sometimes, the greatest danger to the newly well-off can be the winners themselves. Here are ten cautionary tales of some of the biggest-winning losers in lottery history.

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