I’ve written before about how it sometimes seems winning the lottery is as much a curse as it is a blessing for the recipient. Now the wife of a lottery winner is facing foreclosure after her husband’s big win. The story goes, Arnim Ramdass wins the lottery then he leaves his wife, Donna Campbell, and unfortunately the betrayal left Campbell evicted her home.
Back in June of 2007 Ramdass, and a crew of airline mechanics, won a $19 million dollar lottery jackpot. Unbeknownst to his wife, Ramdass had his share of the winnings sent to his daughter from a previous marriage. He disconnected the cable and the phones –and then he stopped paying the mortgage. When Campbell realized something was amiss she Googled her husband’s name and learned that he was a lottery recipient, but by that time he had vanished.
Campbell filed for a lawsuit but was dismissed when the judge deemed the case to be a personal matter. She’s now trying to file for divorce and receive her half of the money, which is difficult since Ramdass is still missing. For now, she is packing up what’s left of her belongings and planning to move in with her sister.
I think everyone has dreamt of what life would be like if they won a jackpot, what you’d do with the money, where you’d travel etc. But it seems many times these large sums of money change a persons life so drastically that it is hard for them to stay grounded to the life they once knew. Of course, that is not always the case I saw a lottery winner on Oprah that called himself “the happiest lottery winner” and he probably was; his laugh was infectious. But do you think more often than not winning the lottery is a curse to the winners? What would you do if you hit the big jackpot?