Jim McCullar saw spooky signs before he even collected half of his $380 million Mega Millions prize in Washington in 2011, telling CNN that he was reluctant to even come forward because "all we saw were predators and we were afraid to do anything until we got down here with police protection."
Winning isn't always a curse, though. Lee McDaniel of Stone Mountain, Georgia, who won $5 million in the Georgia Lottery in 2010, said in an interview the following year that he didn't see any downside to the money. He'd helped his sister with medical bills, handed out money to other relatives, remodeled his home, bought an RV and Jeep, and invested a large chunk of the cash.
"I don't feel that I have changed. I am just very secure financially," he said.
It's quite the contrast to Whittaker, and while most lottery winners' experiences fall somewhere between McDaniel's and Whittaker's, it's safe to say no one wants to follow the latter's path post-millions.
No one should ever have to tell ABC News, as Whittaker did five years after his windfall, that they'd be better off without the money.
"Since I won the lottery, I think there is no control for greed," he told the station. "I think if you have something, there's always someone else that wants it. I wish I'd torn that ticket up."