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8 big lottery winners whose money and luck ran out

8 unlucky lotto winners
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8 unlucky lotto winners

The latest Mega Millions gazillionaire is about to learn that winning a fortune in the lottery can mean dazzling changes and opportunities.

But for an unlucky bunch, lotto winnings turn into a curse. The list of those who have squandered their prize money while suffering tremendous heartache is long; some regret ever winning.

Why does it happen? "They head into it without a plan and probably react too emotionally," says Joe Correnti, a senior vice president with investment firm Scottrade Inc. in St. Louis. "The winner needs to figure out day-to-day cash needs, insurance needs and emergency needs before anything else."

Here are 8 people who found that winning the lottery was perhaps the worst thing that ever happened to them.

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