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HOUSTON, TEXAS - JULY 28: In this photo illustration, a lottery ticket is shown on a Chevron gas station countertop on July 28, 2022 in Houston, Texas. The lottery jackpot has increased to $1 Billion after not being matched Tuesday night. (Photo illustration by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

I am starting to think that if you want to win the lottery you should just hang out in Tampa Bay. Look how many winners have come out of here and you may be able to draw a pattern. Check out this Palm Harbor man who won $15 Million on a $30 scratch-off.

You never expect walking into Publix to walk out with $15 million but then again with the price of groceries going up.  42-year-old Ryan Doddridge went into a Publix located at 33343 US 19 North in Palm Harbor. Whatever made him decide he wanted to grab a ticket needs to hit us all because he bought it and bam $10,430,000 richer because of taxes. His overall odds of winning are 1-in-2.93 but his chance of winning the big prize was 1-in-11,701,050. He wasn’t the only winner as Publix who sold the winning ticket will now get a $30,000 consolation prize. [Source Narcity]

Craziest Purchases From Lottery Winners

What are the craziest things that past lottery winners have bought? Let’s hope whoever wins the current jackpot doesn’t blow it like these people. We all dream about what we would do if we won the lottery. I know a lot of people that wouldn’t even call into work the next day. Some people are responsible with the money and use it to pay off debt or upgrade their living situation. Others may use the money to take lavish vacations or start investing in stocks or bonds.

Right now the Mega Millions lottery jackpot is sitting at 1.02 BILLION after no one matched all six numbers on Tuesday night. This whooping number is the nations fourth-largest lottery prize, according to AP News. Only one of those winning tickets were bought in Florida, it was a 1.586 billion Powerball in 2016 and was split with two other winners. The odds of winning this jackpot is pretty slim, about 1 in 302.5 million to be exact.

Do you still feel lucky enough to play the lottery this week? How would you spend your money

Here’s the list of the craziest things past lottery winners have blown their money on.


  • Open A Waterpark

    Scenic Images of the West Edmonton Mall

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    Two syndicated winners in New York donated around $200,000 of his $28.7 million winnings to open a waterpark in their hometown to honor their parents.

  • Join The Entertainment Industry

    Eve: The Women's Wrestling Movement

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    In 2019, lottery winner Jay Vargas used part of his $3 million winnings to combine two of his passions: Wrestling and Comedy. He created an all-female wrestling promotion called Wrestlicious. The company only lasted one season before folding. 

  • Trafficking Drugs

    New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman Announces Large Heroin Bust

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    This has got to be the dumbest way to spend your winnings. A Georgia man used his $3 million lottery winnings to purchase and distribute crystal meth. Which led to him being convicted to a 21-year prison sentence on drug conspiracy and firearm charges.

  • Own A Sports Team

    Save-Mart / Kragen 350

    Photo by Jon Ferrey /Allsport

    It’s not uncommon in America or abroad for lottery winners to spend their money on a local sports team. A Virginia lottery in 200 chose to spend the money on creating his own NASCAR team as part of the Camping World Truck Series.

  • Launch Your Own Spirit

    Bruichladdich Produce Quadruple Distilled Whisky

    (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

    A man in the UK used his money to launch his own whiskey distillery in his hometown of Belfast. His company Titanic Distillers and has actually turned into a major success.