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THS Investigates: Curse of the Lottery (2006)

It's what dreams are made of: buy anything you want and more. But for some, winning the lottery is not all champagne, limousines and mansions, and brings only misery and regret. The sudden ... See full summary »

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Chip Bolcik ...
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Susan Bradley ...
Herself - The Money Institute Founder
Kennie Bass ...
Himself - WCHS News
Chris Linville ...
Himself - C&L Super Serve Manager
Gerald Abreu ...
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Brian Chandler ...
Himself - Friend of Whittaker
Phil Morris ...
Himself - Kanawha Sheriff's Department
Jimmy Tribble ...
Himself - Jesse's Father
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It's what dreams are made of: buy anything you want and more. But for some, winning the lottery is not all champagne, limousines and mansions, and brings only misery and regret. The sudden influx of cash can lead down a dark road to drugs, bankruptcy and even death. Why does blissful prosperity rarely ensue? Are those who win big truly destined for doom? Uncovering the stories behind 10 real-life lucky ticket holders, E! sits with lottery winners, their friends and family, as well as financial planners and lottery experts, to find out why some who score jackpot rise to the top, while others fall rock bottom. Written by E!

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It Really Opens Your Eyes To See How The Lottery Could Ruin Your Life (SPOILERS)
22 July 2007 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

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I found this to be an okay television special. Sure, it was not the best, nor was it the worst. It was quite entertaining, and it teaches you that if you win the lottery, use your winnings wisely, and do not use it to buy fifteen houses and cars. It is actually really disturbing to see how these people's lives are slowly ruined because of greed.

Here is the basis of this television special. This shows the lives of several people. All of them have won the lottery, and have won several million dollars. It shows how they quickly burn their winnings on expensive things, such as cars. It also shows how their winnings destroy their lives. For example, the spouse leaves them, they go to jail, they file for bankruptcy, and more.

Overall, this is a good television special. I have seen better, let me tell you that, but this is still good, and a bit frightening if you ask me. This could have been so much better, and I do think that they made it way too dramatic. Anyway, with all that being said, I still can say that this is good, and I would not mind watching it again.

7/10


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