Big lottery win could easily be followed by big loss

The lure of the lottery is that it will change your life overnight. But what if winning made your life a living hell? As any of these winners-turned-losers would tell you, winning isn't everything. Especially when you don't have a

Both are lottery winners and, despite their very different choices, both say they are happy. Denette's story is your classic tale of a man down on his luck who hit it big and then spent big too. Watch the full story on "20/20: Lotto Frenzy" TONIGHT

The Ohio Lottery Commission typically knows within a few hours whether a winning ticket was sold, and where. Everyone likes to fantasize about what they would do with more than a half-billion dollars, Vater said. He added that he'd arrange for care for

By Laura Petrecca, USA TODAY Sure, the odds of winning tonight's $640 million Mega Millions lottery are daunting. But the likelihood of the winner keeping his or her cash are pretty disconcerting as well. By Mike Groll, AP Mega Millions lottery winners

He catered specifically to lottery winners, saddled with new-found wealth. We may not think of such a windfall as a burden, but when an average of four out of every five lottery winners burn through all their winnings within five