Curse of the lottery: Why winning the Mega Millions could kill you

彩票中了大奖是否就是开启了美丽人生?美国博彩中奖者命运却如此悲惨
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导读:一张两美元的彩券可让人做亿万富翁的大梦,可对于中了大奖的幸运儿来说,未必是好事。有的夫妻离异,有的亲人反目,有的甚至因此命丧黄泉。来读一读下面这些人的故事。

美国博彩中奖者命运却如此悲惨_英语新闻

Money won’t buy you happiness. In fact, if you believe in curses, winning the Mega Millions jackpot may make you the opposite of happy.

金钱买不来幸福。事实上,如果你相信咒语,赢得超级百万的大奖可能会让你乐极生悲。

It could kill you.

它甚至会让你命丧黄泉。

According to the New York Daily News, 70 percent of lottery winners end up broke within seven years. Even worse, several winners have died horribly or witnessed those close to them suffer.

据《纽约每日新闻》报道,70%的彩票中奖者在7年内破产。更糟糕的是,一些获奖者要么惨死,要么目睹身边的人受苦。

Here are some of the most notorious cases of lottery winnings gone wrong:

下面是一些彩票中奖者们的悲惨案例。

Abraham Shakespeare

亚伯拉罕·莎士比亚

Shakespeare won $30 million in the Florida lottery in 2009. But he didn’t have a lot of time to spend it.

莎士比亚2009年在佛罗里达彩票中奖3000万美元,却无福享受。

Authorities say Shakespeare, 47, was shot twice in the chest by a .38-caliber pistol sometime in April 2009. He wasn’t reported missing until November 2009. His body was found under a slab of cement in a backyard in January 2010.

政府说,47岁的莎士比亚在2009年4月的某天被一把0.38口径的手枪击中胸部两次。2009年11月他才被报告失踪。2010年1月,他的尸体在一个后院的水泥板下被发现。

Tampa woman DeeDee Moore was later found guilty in Shakespeare’s murder and sentenced to life in prison.

坦帕女子蒂迪·摩尔因谋杀莎士比亚而被判终身监禁。

Prosecutors argued that Moore, 40, befriended Shakespeare before he vanished. After Shakespeare had given away most of his money to people who simply asked for it, Moore agreed to manage the little he had left, but instead, prosecutors said, stole his winnings and killed him.

检察官称,在莎士比亚失踪前,40岁的摩尔和他是朋友。许多人只管张口向莎士比亚要钱,他的大部分钱都给出去了,摩尔同意管理他剩下的不多的一部分,但检察官说,她偷走了这些钱并杀害了他。

David Lee Edwards

大卫·李·爱德华兹

Edwards was unemployed when he won part of a $280 million lottery jackpot in 2001.

2001年,爱德华兹赢得2.8亿美元彩票头奖后就没有工作了。

He was an ex-convict, and at the time of his big win it was the third largest lottery pot in U.S. history. Edwards, originally form Kentucky, received a lump sum of $27 million after taxes.

他曾是一名罪犯,他当时赢得的大奖是美国历史上第三大彩票奖。来自肯塔基州的爱德华兹在交税后一次性获得了2700万美元。

Edwards was convicted of robbery in 1981 and served out his sentence in 1997. Several years after winning the lottery, he was evicted from his million-dollar home in Florida after failing to pay back dues to the homeowners association.

爱德华兹于1981年被判抢劫罪,1997年刑满出狱。中了彩票几年后,由于无力偿还业主协会的会费,他被从佛罗里达的百万美元豪宅里驱逐出来。

The New York Daily News reports Edwards lost of all his money in just a few years and ended up living in a storage unit surrounded by human feces.

据《纽约每日新闻》报道,爱德华兹在短短几年内就挥霍掉了所有的财产,最终住进了一个被人类粪便包围的储藏室。

He died at age 58 in 2013 at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Kentucky.

2013年,他在肯塔基州阿什兰的社区临终关怀中心去世,享年58岁。

Jeffrey Dampier

杰弗里·丹皮尔

Dampier won $20 million in the Illinois lottery in 1996. His death came nine years later in Tampa, Florida where he had become a popcorn entrepreneur.

1996年,丹皮尔在伊利诺斯州彩票中奖2000万美元。9年后,他在佛罗里达州的坦帕市去世,他在那里创立了爆米花生意。

Dampier was running Kassie’s Gourmet Popcorn in Tampa was he kidnapped in 2005 by his wife’s sister, Victoria Jackson, and her boyfriend, Nathaniel Jackson.

丹皮尔在坦帕经营“凯西的美食”爆米花,2005年,他被妻子的妹妹维多利亚·杰克逊及其男友纳撒尼尔·杰克逊绑架。

Prosecutors said the two bound Dampier’s hands with shoelaces and forced him into a van. As they drove around, Nathaniel Jackson handed the gun to his girlfriend and said, "Shoot him or I’ll shoot you," prosecutors said. Victoria Jackson squeezed the trigger, firing once in the back of Dampier’s head.

检察官说,丹皮尔的两只手被鞋带绑住,被迫上了一辆面包车。上路后,纳撒尼尔·杰克逊把枪递给他的女友,说:“开枪打死他,否则我就打死你。”检察官描述道。维多利亚·杰克逊扣动扳机,在丹皮尔的后脑勺上开了一枪。

Authorities said Dampier had a sexual relationship with Victoria, and showered her with presents from his lottery earnings before she killed him.

当局称,丹皮尔曾与妻子的妹妹维多利亚·杰克逊发生性关系,被维多利亚杀死前,他用彩票中奖的钱给她买了许多礼物。

Urooj Khan

乌鲁吉·汗

Khan, a 46-year-old immigrant from India who owned three dry-cleaning businesses in Chicago, won $1 million in a scratch-off Illinois Lottery game in 2012. He said at the time he planned to use the money to pay off his bills and mortgage, and make a contribution to St. Jude Children’s Research Center.

46岁的汗是来自印度的移民,在芝加哥拥有三家干洗店。2012年买刮刮乐中了100万美元,当时他计划用这笔钱来支付帐单和贷款,并向圣裘德儿童研究中心捐赠一部分。

That would never happen, though, as Khan died one day after the state of Illinois cut him a check for $424,449 (his winnings on the ticket after he chose a one-time payment and after subtracting taxes.)

然而,这些都不可能实现了。就在伊利诺斯州发给他424,449美元(他的中奖彩票选择一次性领取,纳税后的金额)支票的后一天,他就去世了。

He threw up blood the same day, a relative said.

一位亲戚说,他当天就吐血了。

The medical examiner first ruled Khan had died from natural causes. Six months later, authorities said they had conducted further tests — at the request of a relative they did not name — and determined it was cyanide poisoning. No one was ever charged.

法医原以为他是自然死亡,然而,半年后,当局说经过进一步检测——在汗一位亲戚(姓名不详)的要求下——他体内被发现有氰化物残留,至今凶手仍逍遥法外。

Billie Bob Harrell Jr.

小比利·鲍勃·哈勒尔

Life was good in June of 1997 when Harrell Jr. and his wife Barbara Jean held the only winning ticket to a Lotto Texas jackpot of $31 million.

1997年6月,小哈勒尔和他的妻子芭芭拉·琼中得了德州彩票3100万美元的唯一一张彩票,大好生活就在眼前。

After his big win, the Houston Press reported Harrell Jr. purchased a ranch, as well as a half-dozen homes for himself and other family members. He, his wife and all his kids got new vehicles. He made large contributions to his church. If members of the congregation needed help, Harrell Jr. was there with cash.

中了大奖后,休斯顿媒体报道称,小哈勒尔购买了一座牧场,还为自己和其他家庭成员购买了六套住房。他、他的妻子和所有的孩子都买了新车。他对教会也做出了很大贡献,如果教友需要帮助,小哈勒尔就会带着现金过去。

But then his life started unraveling and his spending and lending spiraled out of control.

后来,他的生活开始瓦解,他的开支和放贷也开始失控。

After splitting with his wife, Harrell Jr. locked himself in his upstairs bedroom, stripped away his clothes, pressed a shotgun barrel against his chest and pulled the trigger, investigators said.

调查人员说,与妻子分开后,小哈勒尔把自己锁在楼上的卧室里,脱掉衣服,用猎枪抵住胸部,扣动扳机。

According to the Houston Press, shortly before his death, Harrell Jr. confided to a financial adviser: "Winning the lottery is the worst thing that ever happened to me."

休斯顿媒体报道说,在他的悲剧发生前不久,小哈勒尔曾对一位财务顾问坦言:“彩票中奖是我这辈子最糟糕的事”。

来源:ABC新闻爱语吧作者:悠悠

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