William “Bud” Post won the Pennsylvania lottery jackpot of $16.2 million. Eight years later, he auctioned off the remaining $4.9 million of his winnings to get out of debt and get rid of his “bad luck”. Post told the bankruptcy judge, “I want to get rid of the lottery, believe me, Your Honor. It’s really been a pain.”
Since the day Post hit it big, his brother has been convicted of trying to kill him so he could gain access to the money, his sixth wife left him, his former landlady, won a lawsuit for one-third of his winnings, he lost his business, and the gas at his mansion was turned off. To cover his debts, the court agreed to auction off the $4.9 million worth of payments he was to receive over the next seventeen years. The seventeen-year payout received a top bid of $2.65 million and Post left the courtroom saying, “I’m happier today than the day I won the lottery.”
This fifty-eight-year-old former carnival worker discovered the truth of Paul’s words to, “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves with many a pang” (1 Timothy 6:10).