The World’s Most Extravagant Lottery Winners

Most extravagant lottery winners

Kind, crazy, worthy, plain, generous or completely undeserving – lottery winners are just as diverse as humankind itself. In this article, we’ve rounded up some of the most extravagant lottery winners on record, because we think that the people who spend freely when they hit the jackpot are worth celebrating! We don’t know about you guys, but if we won our millions, our first measure would be to make some outrageously excessive purchases like these…

William “Bud” Post – €15,2 million Pennsylvania Lottery winner

Bud Post totted up plenty of extravagant transactions after winning a huge lottery jackpot of $16.2 million back in 1998. There was the multi-million-dollar donation to his landlord/on-and-off-girlfriend, there were the lavish gifts for the brother who then went on to try and get him killed by a hitman… but most extravagant all was the airplane!

That’s right. Bud Post bought a plane, even though he didn’t know how to fly it! We can only applaud this level of all-out decadence. Mr Post, we salute you.

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John McGuinness – €11,4 million UK National Lottery winner

Now, there’s nothing wrong with investing in a football club – but if you’re gonna do it, you had better pick a good one.

When John McGuinness won an €11,4 million UK National Lottery jackpot back in 1997, the rest of his life must have looked like an open goal. Sadly, John hit the proverbial goalpost when he accepted an invitation to invest in and take up an executive position at a low-ranking Scottish football club called Livingstone F.C.

Livingstone enjoyed some success following McGuinness’ investment, including a historic win in the 2004 Scottish League Cup. But in spite of this triumph on the pitch, the club soon went into administration due to deep-rooted financial troubles, leaving McGuinness to cover the costs as the situation spiralled out of control.

Combined with a series of extravagant purchases including a fleet of supercars and millions of euros’ worth of gifts for family members, the financial collapse of Livingstone F.C. saddled McGuinness with a debt of over €2 million. He told members of the media:

“I probably was a bit naive and perhaps made a mistake but I got involved with the best possible intentions.

“I just want my life to get back to the way it was before – but minus the football.

“People see me and see a really quiet chap who might help people out. But I have learned a great deal from the experience, which I suppose is a positive thing to take out of it.”

Bob Erb – €18 million Canadian Lotto Max winner

We could have chosen from a vast number of extravagant drug-loving lottery winners to include in the article, but in the end we had to choose the wonderfully named Canadian lotto millionaire, Bob Erb.

Erb, 60, of Calgary, Alberta, had been buying lottery tickets for 43 years when finally, one October day in 2012, he hit the jackpot of his dreams. Remarkably, Erb’s win would never have happened if the cashier hadn’t accidentally sold him too many tickets when he went down to the store to place his bet!

Aside from being a lotto winner, Erb is a diehard marijuana activist, and actively campaigns for legalisation and decriminalisation of the drug. He even – and here’s the extravagant part – donated one million Canadian dollars to support 4/20 Day!

Every lottery winner has a dream of their own, and we certainly can’t blame Bob for pursuing his. Peace, man.

Margaret Loughrey – €30 million EuroMillions winner

Margaret Loughrey’s mammoth EuroMillions win was one of the lotto stories of 2015 in her native Northern Ireland. The prize came as a salvation for Loughrey, who was unemployed and struggling to make ends meet at the time.

Already this was an extraordinary tale, but it became something else entirely when stunningly, Margaret announced she would be giving away €29 million of her €30 million prize to provide jobs and amenities in her local town of Strabane. Hers is a very different type of extravagant spending indeed!

Loughrey told local reporters: “As soon as I won the money I said it would go for the good of the town.

“I know what it’s like to have nothing. That’s why I’m giving it away – I can’t miss what I never had.”

Margaret, we bet you’re a very popular lady in your home town!

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