Many of us dream of having that winning Lottery ticket that will become our passport to a life of luxury.
But not all Lottery millionaires found it a ticket to happiness. A tramp who won a $2m lived like a hermit in his mention and drank himself to death.
Other winners have also had it tough, losing pals and finding their new wealth hard to cope with. We take a look at what cash can do...

Dr. Ronit Lami is the director of Affluenza and wealth at the Allenbridge Group and advises people on how to cope with new-found wealth. She says: "People react very excited and not prepared to handle it. They just spend lavishly and lose the money. Others carry on as normal, but up their lifestyle."

Psychologist Dr. Ronit Lami sees people who are not sure how to cope when they suddenly have lots of money: "Everyone has different concerns. One woman was so used to counting the penies she found it hard to adjust."

"Affluenza", as it's been called, or sudden wealth syndrome, can take many forms; "One woman would continually shop to make herself feel good. But it still left her with a void."

A new study has revealed that winning money can bring happiness - but 1m+ is needed for lasting euphoria, it claims.
For many Lottery winners, the money has brought happiness but others have not been so enthralled. Mark Gardiner was a glazier who won 11m. But he later claimed the Lottery ruined his life.
He was vilified in the press, his past life scrutinised and family rifts laid bare.



Channel 4 - Teletext, January 2002
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