Top Ten Ways to Inadvertedly Blow a Fortune

You get a lot of money, and then lose the lot out of sheer bad luck. The thing that gets anyone exasperated. What's the worst way to blow it all? Tell us all, fellow TopTenners.

The Top Ten

1 Gamble

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas

Not a good idea. Chances are you'll drop from using fivers as tissues to using rocks as a currency in an instant. Probability favours loss. - PositronWildhawk

2 Buy a brand new expensive house in an exotic resort and leave the keys to it on the plane

I would just be stood there feeling so stupid. All of that fortune just went in an instant! - PositronWildhawk

3 Rob a bank, having stolen every penny from your own account, and losing the bag

Wonder if this has happened before? - PositronWildhawk

4 Accidentally taking out a loan instead of saving

Sitting there, watching the interest go up, thinking it's in your favour. Bad language follows. - PositronWildhawk

5 You buy a brand new expensive house before realising it will be demolished

You're just settling in by the big fireplace in a vibrating leather chair with a peppermint tea, and then you notice some weird pink wires in the walls. And KABLAM! - PositronWildhawk

6 You buy a brand new expensive car, only to notice that there is no lock for the key and all the doors are locked

I would be smashing everything I could see with a crowbar yelling, "Why me? Why must I suffer like this? "; and then notice I'd destroyed a mint condition Ferrari! - PositronWildhawk

7 Misreading a price before confirming a payment
8 Walk through a museum of priceless antiques with a large bag

Oh man! I can recall about ten times in the past five years or so that I've walked into a China shop (not necessarily with a bag) and leant against something, only to let it keel over and smash. My brother still makes fun of me for it, after all of these years. - PositronWildhawk

Love this. As soon as I clapped my eyes on it I thought of my Mother. Never was a one so clumsy. I remember a time in Church's China...Argh! Oh my God! The shame. Mothers. Some daughters do 'ave 'em! - Britgirl

SMASH! Sorry!
SMASH! Sorry!
SMASH! Sorry!
That'll be a lot of money, sir. - PositronWildhawk

9 You win the lottery just before hyperinflation

This would just rip my little world apart. Gutting. - Britgirl

Wealthy for a millisecond! - PositronWildhawk

10 You win the lottery and burn all losing lottery tickets, then lose the winning one

The Contenders

11 The dog eats your winning lottery ticket

I am by no means a heartless person, but if one of my dogs ate my winning lottery ticket, I would absolutely destroy it! - PositronWildhawk

12 You Fall Asleep At An Auction
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