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Most of us fantasize about what we’d do if we bought a winning lottery ticket. None of those fantasies include going to the hospital, then going to jail, ’cause we immolated our home during a celebratory meth binge.
But according to Kansas authorities, that’s exactly what two brothers did, emptying two large cans of butane lighter fluid near their furnace’s pilot light. “As you might expect, ka-boom,” said a sergeant with the Wichita Police Department.
One of the bros, a 27-year-old, sustained second-degree burns on his hands, arms and chest. (He wore a lottery t-shirt during the explosion.) Talk about a reversal of fortune on par with Hurley’s from “Lost,” and dozens of other lives ruined after a major windfall.
The sad part is that $75,000–a nice chunk of cheddar, sure–isn’t enough to quit your day job over, let alone ruin your life over. Maybe if the brothers had won the full jackpot, they would’ve torched the entire block?