I won the lottery twice and I won $5.4 million
A DOUBLE lottery player who won $5.4 million after hitting the jackpot twice lost it all when her winning streak turned into a serious gambling addiction.
Convenience store employee Evelyn Adams from New Jersey has won two different multi-million jackpots in just four months.
She scored $3.9 million in October 1985 and another $1.4 million in February 1986, making her the first person in New Jersey Lottery history to win multiple million dollar jackpots. dollars.
Of the 22 states at the time with lotteries, none had had a winner twice.
The odds of winning the first jackpot were 1 in 3.2 million, the second – 1 in 5.2 million.
Both jackpots were paid out as an annuity, with a total of $218,000 paid out annually after 20% tax deduction, reports Lotto Analyst.
After winning her first prize, Adams paid the bills and set up a fund to pay for her daughter’s tuition, in addition to buying a new car and giving gifts to loved ones.
After increasing his weekly ticket purchases from $25 a week to $100 a week after winning his first grand prize, Adams said “I’m going to quit playing” after winning twice.
It was reported that she said she felt she “couldn’t go anywhere without being recognized” and had lost her privacy.
While some friends and family members were happy for her and her newfound wealth, others were unhappy.
She postponed her plans to use her earnings to study music and eventually opened a music store, instead buying – and later selling – the convenience store where she had worked.
After donating a substantial portion of her earnings, Adams tried to choose more carefully from the many requests she received, although even when the money was given to acquaintances as a loan, many recipients did not feel under no obligation to repay their debt. .
By 2012, Adams had spent his winnings, having lost his gambling money in Atlantic City casino slots and a series of failed business deals.
“Winning the lottery isn’t always what it’s supposed to be,” she said, who now lives in a trailer.
“I won the American dream but I lost it too. It was a very hard fall. It’s called bottoming out.”
“Everyone wanted my money. Everyone had their hands out. I never learned a single simple word in English, ‘no’.
“I wish I had the chance to start all over again. I’d be a lot smarter about it now,” says Adams, who also lost money at Atlantic City slots.
“I was a big player,” admits Adams. “I didn’t lose a million dollars, but it was a lot of money.
“I’ve made mistakes, some I regret, some I don’t. I’m human. I can’t go back now, so I’m moving forward, one step at a time.”