As a gambler, if you win (a lot) you usually want to shout it from the rooftops but if you lose a lot it is obviously less fun to do so.
However, there are stories of gamblers who had a lot of bad luck. We have listed the most unusual ones for you.
Martyn and Kay Tott won more than three million pounds with their lottery numbers but did not immediately realize it. Only six months later when they saw a call from the lottery to report it did they realize they were the winners but by then the ticket was long gone.
They could prove that they had bought it but the lottery refused to pay out because they could not show the ticket themselves. Three lawsuits and a divorce later, Martyn is left penniless and his health has not been helped.
Stopped gambling too soon
In 2012 Hazel Loveday decided to stop participating in a group at work that collectively bet on the lottery. This involved everyone putting in £2 every week but it was too much for her.
Six months later, however, the jackpot of the EuroMillions lottery hit £38 million. Twelve colleagues were allowed to share the prize but for Hazel there was nothing and she was not even shared. How about quitting just too soon.
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Huge debt to be repaid
In 2007 at the Caesars Palace casino in Las Vegas, Terry Watanabe managed to lose more than $120 million at the Blackjack table in front of many tourists. Not only did he bet a lot of money, but he also gambled badly and took too much risk so that his losses kept mounting and he ended up with more than $200 million in debt that he obviously could not repay. Consequently, the casino also sued him for a whopping $15 million.
The man who injured himself to cover the loss
Austria also has a story of an unlucky man. He lost thousands of dollars at a casino in Las Vegas but that was not even the worst part. For him, the worst part was how to tell his wife. So he made up a story that he had won but then been robbed.
To add weight to his story, he chopped himself up with an iron bar on his nose, jaw and arm. How a particularly painful loss in that way.
Loss and a murder that was never solved
Japanese player Akio Kashiwagi is known as the biggest loser ever at the Baccarat table. He managed to lose more than $10 million in one game in Atlantic City. Shortly after, he was stabbed 150 times with a Samurai sword, a crime that to this day has not been solved although it already took place in 1992.