When Lives Fall Apart After A Lottery Win Video



Winning the Lottery


CNN Gary Tuchman reports.

NOT GUARANTEE SMOOTH SAILING.QUITE THE CONTRARY AS GARY TUCHMAN REPORTS. >> Reporter: TO WIN HUGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY IN THE LOTTERY YOU HAVE TO BE LUCKY. YOU HAVE TO BE SKILLFUL. THIS IS DAVID LEE EDWARDS.

>> I NEVER HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT A HOTEL ROOM, WHAT I PAY, WORRY ABOUT A MENU.>> YEAH. THAT’S AMAZING. >> Reporter: EDWARDS AND HIS THEN SOON TO BE WIFE WINED A QUARTER OF A MILBILLION DOLLAR K POT AND RECEIVED $27 MILLION AFTER TAXES. EDWARDS SERVED TIME IN PRISON AND WAS UNEMPLOYED.

I INTERVIEWED THEM IN THEIR LUXURY HOTEL SUITE.>> WHEN I WENT AND PLAYED THE LOTTERY, I WAS SINCERE WHEN I ASKED GOD TO HELP ME BECAUSE I WAS DESPERATE IN MY SOUL. DESPERATION. >> Reporter: THEY HAD BECOME VERY RICH VERY FAST AND EDWARDS TOLD ME HE WOULD TURN HIS LIFE AROUND, GIVE MONEY TO CHARITY, HIS CHILDREN AND ALREADY HAD A PLAN IN MIND FOR THEMSELVES. >> IT’S AN R SERIES BENTLEY ROLLS ROYCE CONVERTIBLE.

>> Reporter: SAUNA, YOU TOLD ME YOU WOULD GET A CAR.>> BETWEEN THREE, DODGE VIPER, LAMBORGHINI OR FERRARA. >> Reporter: THEY GOT THE FERRARA AND MANY MORE CARS AND A JET AND MANSIONS. IN ONE YEAR EDWARDS SPENT $12 MILLION AND ULTIMATELY LOST ALL HIS MONEY, FILED FOR DIVORCE FROM SHANA AND DIED IN HOSPICE CARE TWO YEARS LATER. >> WAS THIS BAD JUDGMENT? >> IT WAS BAD JUDGMENT, BAD CHOICES.

>> DO YOU WANT TO SAY A FEW WORDS? >> Reporter: THE WOMAN NOT COMMENTING IS AMANDA CLAYTON THAT WON $1 MILLION IN THE MICHIGAN STATE LOTTERY.SHE GOT INTO LEGAL TROUBLE AFTER CONTINUING TO COLLECT WELFARE BENEFITS. SHE SAID SHE WAS ENTITLED TO WELFARE BECAUSE SHE STILL NEEDED HELP. ONE YEAR LATER SHE WAS FOUND DEAD IN HER HOME FROM A SUSPECTED DRUG OVERDOSE. >> I JUST WANT TO THANK GOD FOR LETTING ME PICK THE RIGHT NUMBERS.

>> Reporter: JACK OF WEST VIRGINIA WON NEARLY $315 MILLION IN THE POWERBALL IN 2002.WHAT WAS THEN THE LARGEST JACKPOT EVER WON BY ONE PERSON IN U. S. HISTORY. LIKE SO MANY BIG WINNERS, HE COULDN’T BELIEVE HIS GOOD LUCK.

>> LET ME SEE THAT TICKET AND I LOOKED AT THAT TICKET AND SURE ENOUGH, WE HAD THE WINNER AND WE WERE VERY EXCITED.>> Reporter: LESS THAN A YEAR LATER, HE HAD OVER HALF A MILLION DOLLARS IN CASH STOLEN FROM HIS CAR. LATER HIS GRANDDAUGHTER AND DAUGHTER DIED UNTIMELY DEATHS AND A FEW YEARS BACK MORE OF HIS MONEY WAS STOLEN FROM VARIOUS BRANCHS OF THE BANK WHERE HE KEPT HIS ACCOUNTS ACCORDING TO LEGAL COMPLAINTS AGAINST HIM. WHEN I MET DAVID LEE EDWARDS, HE AND HIS FIANCEE WERE READY TO START A LIFE. >> I’M GOING TO BUY SHAWNA A BEAUTIFUL ENGAGEMENT RING THAT I COULDN’T AFFORD BEFORE AND >> DO YOU HAVE A RING RIGHT NOW? >> I HAVE NO JEWELRY.

>> NO JEWELRY.>> SHE. .

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