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Debunking the Curse of the Lottery Winner

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Happy Lotto WinnerDo you dream of winning a lotto jackpot and becoming wealthy in the blink of an eye, but fear that the dreaded “curse” of the lottery winner would descend upon you?

If so, you can lay the blame for your fears directly on the doorstep of much information and misinformation about the ill luck and unhappy fate of those who win big playing the lottery.

Although it is quite true that some lottery winners make bad choices and have some tragic stories to tell, this is most assuredly not the norm.

Keep reading to get the skinny on the curse of the lottery winner.

Bad Luck & Lottery Winners

When some people talk about lottery winners being cursed by bad luck, they are overlooking a rather large and important point: the person was lucky enough to win the lottery.

Heads up! Winning the lottery is good luck, not bad.

Besides, nobody claims that winning the lottery magically protects you from the bad things that can happen to any of us as we go through life.

Think about it: you read a story in a magazine about a lotto game winner who ends up divorced. Really, is that so unusual that it must be blamed on winning the lottery?

The divorce rate world wide is astronomical. Isn’t it entirely possible that a couple had a bad marriage before one of them won the lottery and winning didn’t make it any better, and that divorce was inevitable, anyway?

Sure it is!

You can apply this same logic to many of the other dark tales you hear about horrible, awful, dreadful things that befall lottery winners. The truth is that these things can happen to anybody, lottery winner or not.

Happy Lottery Winners

Studies have shown that, rather than being cursed by tragedy and misfortune, many lottery winners are much happier than they were prior to hitting that big jackpot.

One such study, conducted by Bénédicte Apouey and Andrew E. Clark of the Paris School of Economics, the levels of stress in lottery winners declined over two years, while their positive feelings increased. Their general psychological wellness was considerably higher two years after winning than it had been before winning.

Another study, done by Jonathan Gardner and Andrew J. Oswald of the University of Warwick in England, found that lottery winners’ psychological well-being went down slightly the same year they won, but more than rebounded the next two years with the result that they were happier all around.

Hmmm…..that doesn’t sound like much of a curse, does it?

So, the next time you read or hear some doomsayer holding forth about the “curse” of the lottery winner, take it with a grain of salt and keep buying your tickets for a chance to be a happy winner!

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