Jackpot of 1.3 billion in the United States: between “euphoria” and “paranoia”, how do you manage such a life change?

Jackpot of 1.3 billion in the United States: between "euphoria" and "paranoia", how do you manage such a life change?

An American has won one of the largest lottery prizes in his country’s history. An event not necessarily easy to grasp for these great winners, grappling with a sudden change of life.

Hitting the jackpot, a burden? While US $ 1.3 billion was won last week, the idea of ​​winning the lottery first seems like luck. However, such an event upsets a life and can lead to questions and changes with loved ones, between “euphoria”, “paranoia” and “existential rupture”.

A “loss of meaning and bearing”

Who has never dreamed of finding the right numbers? If the announcement is above all “excellent news”, it also has “consequences”, warns BFMT Elsa Laurent, psychologist and drug addict.

The winner first feels “a lot of adrenaline” and often feels “total euphoria”, according to the psychologist. Under the shock of the news, the winners generally go through a period of “loss of meaning and orientation”.

It regularly results in a “frenzy”. The winners indulge themselves and shop out of envy, without worrying about their usefulness. A dangerous climb, since the psychologist claims to have encountered cases of new millionaires who “suddenly liquidate with meaningless purchases”, following a form of “drive”.

“There is a feeling of no more limits, which is toxic,” he says.

A risk of “social and friendly rupture”

Winning a large sum of money in the lottery not only allows you to satisfy your desires, but also offers the possibility of a sudden change of life, which is not always without consequences on family and friendly ties.

Elsa Laurent rightly warns against the risks of “isolation” and “social and friendly ruptures”, especially for people who come from a modest background for whom change is even more brutal.

“You can find yourself in an environment with an anti-rich hatred that suddenly makes you the target,” she says, referring to possible “jealousy” or the risk of being “judged” by those close to her. after the announcement of this sudden wealth, sometimes considered undeserved.

This explains why many winners choose not to reveal their new millionaire or billionaire status to those around them.

“When you get rich you can develop a certain paranoia. We are afraid to expose it to others because there is a lot of guilt”, estimates the addict.

The FDJ offers psychological support

After a while, questions also arise. The winners in fact experience a form of “existential rupture”, suggests the psychoanalyst Pascal Neveu, interviewed on BFMTV.

Getting rich in a short time “completely upsets the demands of desire”, Elsa Laurent abounds. “Life is essentially articulated around desire and when there is no longer any lack: where do we go? What do we like?”, She develops.

To help winners cope with these risks, La Française des Jeux has been offering support since 1993. It covers both asset management, to avoid sudden breakups or scams, and also allows the winners to discuss with each other and discuss the consequences of this change. in life.

In the United States, winners do not immediately receive the full amount won. Either it is paid to them gradually over the decades, precisely to avoid sudden excesses, or they immediately receive a much lower amount.

However, according to psychoanalyst Pascal Neveu, despite “some cases of ruin”, in France, “the vast majority are people who have been very moderate” and who first of all secure their daily lives and their children.

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