The Smartest Lottery Winners!

The Smartest Lottery Winners!

Is there a lottery curse?!
Here are the smartest lottery winners ever!
6 – Peter Lavery
Can you imagine waking up one day and finding
yourself ten million pounds richer?
That’s exactly what happened to Peter Lavery
back in May of 1998.
Lavery is a former bus driver from Belfast,
which is in the United Kingdom by the way.
He says he’s been lucky his whole life,
escaping bombs and avoiding robbery while
a bus driver in Belfast…..I had no clue
that Belfast is that dangerous, but hey, hashtag
At first, he followed the common lottery winner’s
He blew half a million on sports cars alone
in the first two years, and he also bought
a huge house in a fancy area in the city.
He quit his job within the first 6 months
of winning, but now he says he works even
harder than before.
At first when he won, he didn’t want people
to find out that he was a big lottery winner.
But his girlfriend at the time let THAT little
secret slip out.
After letting the win soak in a bit, Lavery
eventually made two crucial decisions.
First, he was determined to put his money
to use how he saw fit.
He felt compelled to help people, but only
to the people he felt was deserving of help.
But, he still found it really hard to say
no to the thousands and thousands of letters
asking him for help.
Thousands of letters.
That’s just insane.
He still rejects all begging letters.
He says that he always tells them he’s NOT
the answer to their need.
Lavery said quote, “If I gave to you because
you needed help with your children’s education,
I’d get letters from everybody expecting
the same.”
But, he’s quietly given away a substantial
amount over the years via the Rita Charles
Trust, a cross-community charity he set up
that’s named after his parents.
Oh yeah, he’s also given generously to his
own family members.
His second decision was that he was going
to make his money go to work, both in terms
of making him money and also filling him with
purpose and opportunity.
This, beyond anything else, is what really
was his good fortune.
Turns out he had a great head for business:
he now owns 33 properties, has several housing
projects in development, and his very own
whiskey distillery.
Although he likes to keep his current wealth
a secret, there are rumors that he’s tripled
his original 10 million pound win.
He’s even stated that his lucrative whiskey
business has been like winning the lottery
Lavery says, quote ‘Money can’t bring
you happiness.
You have to be happy in yourself first.
Money can open a lot of doors.
Money can solve problems, like the fact that
I haven’t had to drive a bus for the last
18 years.
Money can give you reassurance, but it doesn’t
bring happiness.”
Hey, wise words from a wise lottery winner.
5 – Brad Duke
When Brad Duke won the powerball for 220 million
dollars back in 2005, supposedly he was already
a seasoned investor.
When he won the lottery, he already owned
five Gold Gym’s franchises in Idaho.
It definitely seems like he was already well
off, so I really don’t understand why someone
that’s probably already rich and seems to
already know how to generate a decent amount
of income would want to play the lottery,
but hey, that’s just me.
After taking the prize in a lump sum and paying
the necessary taxes, he wound up with 86 million
What do you think he decided to do once he
got his cash?
Go on a 1 year vacation?
Blow it on a bunch of lambos and ferraris?
No, c’mon, he’s on this list!
This man actually kept his job and kept going
to work at Gold’s Gym as a spin instructor.
But, he did develop a lofty goal.
Check this out, this dude actually wanted
to become a BILLIONAIRE.
86 mill to 1 billion would be quite an accomplishment
for anyone.
At first he wanted to achieve billionaire
status in 3 years.
That would have been REALLY amazing to be
But unfortunately, even if it was to be expected,
he fell short of his goal.
His advisors convinced him to plan for 15
years instead.
Twelve years later, he still hasn’t achieved
his initial goal, but he is rather quote “content”
with his net worth and now looks at the billionaire
goal as a lifelong journey.
Duke said his financial team has accumulated
nearly $100 million toward the $1 billion
Hey, doubling your net worth is still nothing
to sneeze at.
The team suffered some setbacks during the
housing crash, a time when a considerable
amount of their investment money was in real
estate and home security.
In any case, his billionaire plan is still
going full speed even after all these years.
Like any good investor, he’s diversified
his portfolio and spread out his risk.
As for the winning part, he claims that he’s
developed a winning lottery system that’s
made him win smaller amounts of money.
Okay, this guy still sounds the Vegas tourists
I run into who tell me they have a system
to beat some game, but it’s okay, not everyone’s
To this day he stills teach spinning class,
but it’s just for fun.
4 – Richard Lustig
Richard Lustig came to be famous not only
for winning the lottery 7 times, but really
for the infamy surrounding his book Learn
How to Increase Your Chances of Winning the
A lot of social media and press surrounded
the book, making it get all the way to #3
on the Amazon best-selling list.
Lustig’s actually tips don’t actually
follow any strict mathematical logic, although
he’s stated that luck has nothing to do
with his repeated winnings.
Uh, yeah, sure.
Luck isn’t involved.
Anyways, he recommends many I’ll just say,
interesting strategies, such as avoiding quick-pick
lottery cards with pre-selected numbers, buying
AT LEAST ten tickets every time you play,
and playing in lottery pools.
That’s science folks.
His ahem “proven” system was featured
on some prominent news channels such as ABC
and Fox.
Some skeptical reporters weren’t really
convinced with his methods, and started digging
Lustig claims that he’s won “millions”
over the years due to his techniques, but
when he was questioned exactly how much he’s
won, he avoids a straight answer.
It’s also unknown how much he’s really
invested in lottery tickets, because really,
have you won ANYTHING AT ALL if you’ve invested
everything you’ve ever won?
Yeah, I’m not convinced either.
For the record, Paul Dreyer, a mathematician
for the RAND Corporation fully disagrees with
the logic of Lustig’s method.
You know what?
Math never lies.
So why is Lustig exactly on this list?!
Well, it’s because for one, we know he’s
not broke because this man turned his lottery
luck into a best-selling book.
And he was smart enough to know that his system
is a complete joke, so he decided he can sell
it to a bunch of people who’re gullible
enough to believe him.
And THAT, my friends, is WAY smarter than
going out and buying a bunch of lottery tickets
to rely on for your income!
3 – Elaine and Derek Thompson
This British couple won 2 million pounds way
back in 1995, and they’re still reaping
the benefits.
At the time of their win, Elaine Thompson
was working part-time in a hospital and Derek
Thompson was working as an accountant.
Elaine said that the moment she actually realized
they were rich was around six months after
their lottery win, when she was deciding on
which sweater to buy at a Marks and Spencers
and suddenly it dawned on her: JUST BUY THEM
Well, I’m gonna go ahead and disagree with
her on that sentiment.
Just because they have 2 million pounds it
doesn’t mean they’re rich, they’re actually
just well off.
BUT, it’s okay, what they did after their
win was still quite smart.
Now, they actually both quit their jobs.
BUT, even though the both of them left their
jobs immediately, they still worked.
They first decided to buy a bed and breakfast.
But they decided to sell that venture.
They then decided to buy their favorite seafront
restaurant, which included more than 50 employees,
a fish and chip takeaway, and an ice-cream
Yeah, you could say they love food I guess…..then
again, who wouldn’t want to own their favorite
Restaurants are hard work to turn a profit,
but that’s what they did.
They ended up putting in 18 hour days, and
loving it.
The couple mostly spent their money investing
in the restaurant, and also in paying their
kids’ college tuition.
Home for the couple is a four-bedroom normal
house on a normal housing estate.
Eventually, Elaine started doing charity work
with other lottery winners, to help them out
with managing their new finances and personal
Although their lifestyle didn’t change,
you can for sure say that their lives completely
2 – Steve and Carolyn West
In 2006, Steve and Carolyn West, along with
Carolyn’s parents, Bob and Frances Chaney,
won what was then the largest single-ticket
Powerball jackpot in history: $340 million
Both families have bought new houses, some
toys, and have traveled to Europe and Hawaii,
but they haven’t followed on the steps of
those cringe-worthy stories about lottery
winners who declare bankruptcy a few years
after their big win.
These families have actually SORTA kept their
expenses in check.
After the big jackpot, the family hired an
outside financial advisor, who, like any good
financial advisor, recommended having a monthly
Sooo what’d this guy recommend to make him
worth his fee?
His first suggestion was limiting the monthly
expenses for the family to THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND
DOLLARS a month!!!
What kind of financial advisor was THIS guy?!
Well, in his defense, doing some quick math,
that’s only 3.6 million a year, and even
after 30 years, it’s just a little over
100 million spent.
Which I guess is ummmm…….STILL REALLY
Luckily, the family decided that their financial
advisor was a complete idiot and that a hundred
grand a month was more than enough.
Well, since the bar is set pretty low for
lottery winners, just not being a complete
f*ck up will land you on my list of smartest
lottery winners, so congrats!
The family smartly invested the rest, and
only spend big money on special events, limited
vacations, or things that will improve help
their everyday lives.
Even after the big win, both Steve and Carolyn
still work every day.
A downfall of being rich though?
A newly acquired stalker.
Apparently this stalker kept calling, saying
she was going to commit suicide and she couldn’t
go on unless they gave money to her.
Only one stalker?!
I say that’s lucky they only have one!
1 – Les Robins
Back in 1993, middle-school teacher Les Robins
won a $111 million powerball jackpot, a record
at that time.
Well, he WAS a middle school teacher.
Anyways, he bought the winning ticket in Fond
du Lac, Wisconsin’s famed “Miracle Mile”,
the strip of grocery and convenience stores
that had previously sold a string of big-money
winning lottery tickets.
With his newfound fortune, he bought 226 acres
of land.
Nope, not for a huge mansion with a pool and
a hot tub.
But for a day camp for children.
It’s called Camp Winnegator, a local day camp
that runs four or five weeks every summer,
primarily catering to kids from in and around
Fond du Lac.
They try and entice children with the promise
of horseback rides, painting classes, and
The camp, even though it’s mildly successful,
doesn’t even have a website or even an official
Facebook page, but is known through word of
mouth rather than through conventional marketing
The camp combines two of Robins’ big loves:
Lake Winnebago and the Florida Gators.
This day-camp tries to make children 6 to
16 disconnect from their electronic devices
to just enjoy the great outdoors.
The camp is near Robins’s waterfront home
and includes riding stables, a gym, a pool,
miniature golf course, and enough powered
water toys to keep campers afloat on the lake.
It’s reminiscent of Robins’s own childhood
in Florida, where Robins went to camp, and
later became a camp counselor.
Robins said he just hated to see kids not
doing the kind of things he did growing up
– playing soccer, softball, and hanging out.
Robins keeps a low profile by tooling around
his property in a 13-year-old Jeep Grand Cherokee.
On Friday nights, when weekly camp sessions
end, he usually takes a place in the back
of the gym, watching as kids, their parents,
and counselors eat dinner.
Robins’ advice for future winners: Put a portion
of the cash into an irrevocable trust for
up to three years.
“Let time tell them what they really want
to do with it,” he said.
With the rest of the money, Robins has built
a family foundation that will support both
his family and the day camp when he’s no
longer there to overlook it.
All I can say is, well done!
Here’s what’s next!

100 thoughts on “The Smartest Lottery Winners!”

  1. How the fck is number 5 smart? He lost about 100m when he took a lump sum, had to take risk and hard work to make that 100m back. Might as well just take the full 220m to begin with. He is basically back where he started. Thats not smart.

  2. There was a lotto winner in Pasadena Tx who built a brick facade around his TRAILER! It burned down and YUUUUUP, you guessed it, it was not insured! You should find that guy and add him to the list of the dumbest lotto winners!

  3. Yeah in belfast about 20 years ago there was a period of time that is called the troubles . During that time a group called the ira ( irish republican brotherhood) sent the nothern ireland (uk) into turmoil crime was at an all time high , why you ask ,was there hundreds of senseless shootings and bombing of innocent people. Well the answer is two political groups kept arguing and killing until eventually it escalated majorly into government corruption and innocents being killed eveyday. It turned into a load of madmen killing for some non existent cause. Back then it was commonplace for a bomb to go off down the street . Many grew up picking bullets out of walls and giving it to their parent's . Im not even denting the extent of that mess that was and is the north of my country . The last thing ill say is the following . Brexit is about to start it again because of a hard border being introduced.

    If you have any questions reply and ask , I know more than your average 12 year old

  4. I am look for help. Because i have a debt with 8,000 usd . and i live in hell everyday. Hoping a good person who is help me out of debt….

  5. In 2010 I won 25k with a scratch ticket my former boss gifted me, after taxes and a gift to my former boss I was left with 10k. I was still in high school and at the time was taking a entrepreneurship class, so my teacher suggested I invested that money in the stock market and just let it grow in any company I like, well that company at the time was Netflix, and it was around $10 per share so I bought $10,000 worth of shares. It is now that I realized it was a huge risk, but the risk is paying off!
    The first 3 months i couldn’t even sleep, keep in mind I was a teenager and 10k meant a year of salary haha. I remember watching Warren Buffett’ saying that you should only check on your investment once a year and keep them for at least 10 years. I live to that. The amount has growing to something I never imagined, plus I kept a little bit every month but if it wasn’t for winning the lottery i would never had invested or learn about it. Future goal is to buy a building cash and live off the rent. I’m now an architect and my husband a general contractor, so I believe real estate would be a great venue and adventure for us.
    And my advise is for those that haven’t figure it out is that you don’t need to win the lottery to have thousands or millions, it just takes a bit of learning and discipline to invest, even if it is $50 a month. You will not be rich overnight but you’ll definitely be glad you did it in the long run.

  6. How young is the narrator that they don't know that Belfast was dangerous 30 years ago????? Or maybe just aware of history?

  7. If I won the lottery, I would live minimalistically. Reading some of the comments to this video and even some of the "smart people" used in the video, most people seem to desire a lavish lifestyle. Mansions, fancy cars, exotic trips et cetera et cetera. I personally need none of that.

    If I won the lotto, I would move to a small house secluded from the large majority of folks. I would spend at least one year making sure that money was secure through various means and that would pretty much be it. I would let the dust settle as much as possible and never tell anyone again of my winnings.

    I just want enough money to never HAVE to leave the house. I'm introverted so I don't need much public interaction.

  8. If i won million i give 100 thousand to 100 thousand investors 1 of them should come up and hopfully help me out when i need it cause im 100% sure dont matter how much money i have ill spend it all drug and hooker been their done that was homless at 17 graduated highschool alone worked got a house sold it when vegas made about 100 thousand at 23 im now 27 and im back broke

  9. Once you become a millionaire and see "2 commas" in your account your next step is to wanna see "3 commas in your account and become a billionaire".

  10. The Smartest ? IDIOT The Smartest is ONE ! are you that stupid to put sssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  11. Go low profile. If you want nice things buy a decent sized house and a standard wood fence 8' then have a great security system installed and make the inside lavish within your budget. Next buy a new car but nothing more than 20K but take it to a shop and have them change the parts so it's real fast with an amazing sound system (if your into that). Do whatever investing you want but always look average to strangers. These guys that buy all the gold jewelery and fancy sports cars in average neighbor hoods with beautiful steal gates with lion concrete statues and water fountains out front are asking for theifs to stop by or extra attention. I don't care what people see if I would be rich. I'm not into chance or gamboling so I don't play the lottery. If I'm going to spend $1 on something like a pack of gum I know I'm leaving with that pack of gum.


  13. I wish when they have people who win in other countries PLEASE CONVERT MONEY FROM POUNDS,PESOS,ETC..for us none mathematically challenge folks…lmaoooo I get tired of stopping videos googling how much x amount of pounds etc…is in US wait!!!..Am I the only one???..

  14. See a lotto winners lifestyle at Rich Lifestyles Channel.

  15. If you want your debts paid or something you really want for free, let me know. Paying peoples debts for money.

  16. Number 6 is something I would do most definitely. Open up my own businesses if I won the lottery. Glad I watched this.

  17. Question…would it be wise to Invest from small to big things all while continuing to work in the current workspace?

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  20. If I were to win I wouldn't want to win more than 1mill mainly bc I wouldn't people all over my ass wanting it. Put in a union bank and buy a 20 car garage. No there wont be supercars in there just jdm American muscle, and classics

  21. If i win the lottery i am not going to tell any body. I will play the broke roll and nobody will know. And will not give a penny to nobody all mine fuck any body else. I eill buy every thing that i want in life and tell every body else to fuck off.

  22. I noticed you didn't criticize the 2nd guy on this list for taking the money in one lump sum rather than payments like you did on the other.

  23. I know a guy that won $20,000 on a scratch of, him and his wife quit there VERY good job of 20 years packed their stuff move to the south to start a new life. With 3 kids " by the way " in two months the money was gone came back, starting from SCRATCH at the same job no vacation no seniority. Just for 20k..
    Smart move??? Or what? Let's not forget 20k before taxes. 🙂

  24. If I ever won I'd put it in a savings account and live a meager life off the interest traveling the world in comfort.

  25. If I won the lottery, i would likely land on this list. I have(no joke) dedicated as much as 90% of my disposable income to investing. I would build what I call a "layered portfolio" where I would have passive ventures like real estate, rental property, franchises, and companies as a 50% base layer, another layer on top of that being commodities like gold and silver being 40%, and the smallest layer dedicated for volatile assets like most fiat currencies, cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, and some stocks. The lower layers buffering and smoothing any losses or gains from the layer above it. The structure allows me to take advantage of highly volatile moves(going long on a moon shot, and going short for a crash) without putting my actual wealth at risk. And be able to take a break if i need one. As for friends and family. I manage a "lottery list" at all times and only those on the list will even be notified of my win. Those on my list are mostly family and people who have stuck around during the hard times and never double crossed me. And what I share off the bat is based on what is left after the layered portfolio is established. There is one or two charity ventures I would partake, one to help folks like me with social disabilities(not severe mental illness but enough to impact social interaction and thus employment and relationships, some examples being, Touretttes, ADHD, PTSD, milder forms of Autism and Asperger ). The other would be much larger and possibly commercial, an "economic transition fund" to help dirty or eco-intensive economies transition to cleaner ones without creating mass homelessness, unemployment, and civil disorder. Benefits would include clean industry grants for school, esp for workers formally in an antiquated industry(coal miners, oilfield workers, tradesman, lumberjacks, etc). And a "relocation fund" if a person requires help moving to other states or countries to continue their careers. For example an engineer going from a Refinery in Texas to a hydroelectric power plant in Oregon.

  26. I haven't won the lottery, but I did get an inheritance from when my Dad passed away in 2002.

    It wasn't a lot but I only found out because my foster parents told us and the older children found out too.
    My real brother also had money from something else but for TLDR; sake, my foster sister and her husband (who I stupidly trusted at 18) borrowed most of it and credit in my name. After that my brother took care of me until we couldn't afford rent. We became homeless and never hear from anyone again. (My friends saved us since we got evicted and are the family I now have. They helped me with money and somewhere to stay + looking after our stuff.)

    My friends and brother were the only ones I could trust, so always be careful who knows (but in our case we were told by the family about our money.)

  27. Host of show, you are missing out for never hearing of the Irish car bomb, one of the best bar drinks ever made.
    Belfast has been in turmoil for decades. Go religion & oppressive govt.

  28. Can you actually attend a lotto draw…… nope u have to watch it on a screen. Find out where you can actually attend the draw. Good luck "officials" only! Hunger games , please the masses with a dream or feed the Prozac , either works. The million or less lottos are real, those are paid adverts that keep the mega lies real.

  29. Whether spending it wisely or foolishly, it is the mere fact that they won that matters. The feeling, even if only temporary, is one that most will never feel. Bless them all.

  30. I do not understand why people make videos with loud music …you almost can't hear what he says…

  31. This is reason to say no to any women around you! Proof women ruining any lottery winners including killing winners!

  32. Check how to win the lottery on my channel.
    These tricks will surprise you.

  33. Er Belfast not dangerous? You can thank Americans sponsoring The IRA for its very dangerous past and they still control a lot of illegal activity in Northern Ireland so remember that every time America sabre rattles about terrorist activity

  34. You didn´t know that Belfast was dangerous? IRA? Heard of it? He won in 89 – it must have been that he was in Belfast during the IRA Period.

  35. Had I won the lottery, I'd buy a small house, very little items, work as a streamer, go to school and do what I wanna do, etc. I'd have a bunch still since I wouldn't be paying that much.

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