True Stories 11 Lottery Winners Who Died Tragically  

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As the old adage goes, money isn't everything. And for some people it could be the worst thing. While winning the lottery may seem like a dream come true, not everyone who hits the jackpot goes on to live happily ever after. It's not uncommon to hear about a lottery winner who dies the next day or ends up broke only a few years later.

The big winner who suddenly has lots of money also has all types of unforeseen pressures...and, of course, newfound means that can get them into trouble. Many crack under the pressure, end up dealing with jealous family or loved ones, and (since money is no object) quite a few have turned to drugs. Unfortunately, some lottery winners are even murdered or killed during a robbery. Even the rich experience tragedy, and a few have died the next day after winning the jackpot. 

It seems there has been a curse on lottery big winners. Some winners have encountered strange deaths, lived tragedies, ended up as murder victims, committed suicide, or met an otherwise untimely death. Here's a list of 11 lottery winners who died tragically because of their winnings.