BATH, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Nigel Page and his partner Justine Laycock are revealed as Britain's biggest lottery winners, at a press conference at the Bath Spa Hotel on February 15, 2010 in Bath, England. The pair, from Cirencester, Gloucestershire scooped a jackpot of GBP 56million in the EuroMillions game on Saturday with winning numbers of 1, 5, 18, 38, 45, and the Lucky Star numbers of 4 and 6. A total jackpot of GBP 112million had been on offer and the money was split with the other winning ticket, bought in Spain. EuroMillions is played in nine countries - the UK, France, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Irish Republic, Portugal and Switzerland - and the record win to date is GBP 113million by a single ticket-holder from Spain in May last year. (Photo : Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Many lottery winners blow their jackpot in a blink of an eye - or a bit longer than that. For some, they end up worse off than they were before they won. However, the "lottery curse" apparently does not affect all winners, as some of those instant multi-millionaires have managed to maintain or grow their wealth and even put it to good use.
Foremost among successful lottery winners is this Boise, Idaho native. Then 34 years old when he won $85 million, the first thing he did upon being declared winner was "hire a publicist, lawyer, and a team of the finest financial advisors who guided him on how to invest his money," The Huffington Post said.
Also, he took care of debts first, including that of his family, so there's no more payables to keep them up at night.
Allen and Violet Large
In 2010, this couple figured in the headlines for winning a cool $11.2 at the sweepstakes AND also donating most of it.
"When the pair, in their 70s at the time, received the money, they decided that others needed it more," Pop Sugar noted. "After setting up their family members financially, the Larges chose to donate the majority of their winnings to hospitals and other charitable organizations."
This Florida octogenarian won a whopping $590 million, which she then put to good use. She doled out $2 million to her hometown's high school to fix its roof, for one. She also continued to reside in her modest home and has managed not to burn through her fortune in a jiffy.
This guy didn't get carried away by his luck - worth $21.4 million - and managed to spend his fortune wisely. First, he splurged on a hotel room stay to help him take time to plan how to use his newfound wealth. Afterwards, he "set up education funds for his nieces and nephews, helped his cleaning lady return to school, and established scholarships at UWO, where he graduated from teacher's college in 2000," as noted by The Huffington Post.
This $40 million jackpot winner from Canada, who won the prize at Calgary's lottery, decided to allocate his money to a trust fund so he can provide for himself in his senior citizen phase, as well as that of his children. He also had donations to charity in mind, saying that he wants to give all of his winnings to various charities, as well as people in need of funding.