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The Shocking Ways Winning the Lottery Is Actually Horrible for Your Health

We all dream of the day the numbers on our lottery ticket match the ones listed on the screen. Your odds of winning the Powerball are slim — it’s about one in 175 million, HuffPost notes — but you know someone has to win, thus you keep playing.

If you suddenly strike it rich, your life will change drastically. But is it necessarily for the better? Winning hundreds of millions of dollars definitely has its perks, but it can also totally ruin your health — here’s how.

1. You can develop anxiety and depression

A woman sits on her couch looking sad.

A woman sits on her couch looking sad. Winning big isn’t always a dream come true. | Tommaso79/iStock/Getty Images Plus

If most of your daily anxiety comes from money woes, then winning the lottery might sound like the key to happiness. But Don McNay, a financial consultant to lottery winners, tells TIME, “So many of them wind up unhappy or wind up broke … It’s just upheaval that they’re not ready for.”

Suddenly finding yourself richer than everyone you know can severely alienate you, leading to anxiety and depression. Money can pay your bills, but it can’t purchase quality friendships to get you through the hard times.