“Wild” Willie Seeley
“I’m going to continue to watch NASCAR races on Sunday. Maybe I’ll be at a log cabin on multiple acres of land,” said Wild Willie of New Jersey after winning a $400 million jackpot with fifteen of his auto garage coworkers in 2013. He ended up with $4 million dollars which he said “Ain’t sh-t in today’s economy.” Furthermore, Willie and his wife miss their old, simple way of life. “There are days I wish we were back to just getting paid every two weeks,” Willie told NBC. “You have to change your whole way of life, but we didn’t want to change the way we lived. We liked the way we lived.”
Bill was unemployed, finding it very difficult to find work in his small Indiana town. To make matters worse he suffered from rheumatoid arthritis. His cares were washed away in 1994 when he hit a Powerball for $33 million. What’d he do with it? Amazingly Bill still lives in the same house he grew up in. He’s become a local philanthropist. As a devout Christian, he purchased land to help build a new Baptist church, donated to the Arthritis Foundation, the local Girl and Boy Scout troops and much more. “It was a godsend for me,” said Bill of his winnings. “I don’t know what the heck I’d have done if I hadn’t won that money.” Aww, bless.
While it’s not a billion dollars, $29.5 million is nothing to scoff at. Felipe is conservative with his money, only giving his family members small amounts, saying, “I helped my family out and everything…but I’m not going to give them $1 million each, they have to go out and earn it.” Once a mechanic in New Mexico, Felipe is still a mechanic. “You hear about Powerball winners who go crazy and lose everything. I’m not going to lose it,” he said. “I live comfortably. When I want to go on vacation, I go. I help my daughters, buy my grandkids school supplies and clothes, but everything else is for the future. This is once in a lifetime.” Felipe says he regrets going on TLC’s The Lottery Changed My Life because he regularly receives letters from strangers asking for money to help pay their mortgages, support sick family members and repay college loans.