How do lottery winners spend their money?

Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing could result in a $586 million windfall for a lucky winner. Besides buying a new house or going on a cruise, USA TODAY Network looks at a few other ways past lottery winners spent their newfound fortunes:

Fix school's leaky roof

Gloria MacKenzie won a $590.5 million jackpot in June, the largest single-winner Powerball prize. She donated $2 million of the pre-tax $370.8 million lump-sum payment she received to fix the leaky roof of Schenck High School in East Millinocket, Maine, where her children attended school and her daughter has taught for 39 years.

Wrestling TV show

In 2008, Jay Vargas became the youngest Powerball winner at age 19. After opting for a $17 million payout, Vargas combined his two loves -- beautiful women and wrestling -- to create the TV show "Wrestlicious."

Water park

John Kutey donated $250,000 to build a new water park -- Spray Park -- in Green Island, N.Y. Kutey was one of seven employees at the New York State Homes and Community Renewal in Albany who shared a $319 million Mega Millions jackpot in 2011, The (Albany) Times Unionreports.

Marijuana legalization

Canadian Bob Erb donated $1 million of his $25 million winnings toward 420 Day, an annual event advocating marijuana legalization. Erb ran for office in 2001 as a member of the B.C. Marijuana Party, according to The Huffington Post.


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