We won $61 million in the lottery — our number one piece of advice to the $1.34 billion winner and the biggest mistake they can make

Winners of a $61 million lottery jackpot have offered the latest billion-dollar Mega Millions winner advice on what not to do.

In 2013, Dave and Erica Harrig won millions with a Powerball ticket from Nebraska.

Dave (center) and Eric (center right) Harrig won millions on a Powerball ticket in 2013

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Dave (center) and Eric (center right) Harrig won millions on a Powerball ticket in 2013Credit: AP
The pair have stayed humble and advised new winners to avoid falling into the usual jackpot traps

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The pair have stayed humble and advised new winners to avoid falling into the usual jackpot trapsCredit: Facebook

After hitting their jackpot, they quit their jobs and bought a brand new home, some vintage cars, and a few cruises.

Unlike other winners who fall into lawsuits, cheating, or greed, Dave and Erica are humble role models for new lottery winners.

Aside from a few great treasures, her life had remained normal.

They stayed in the same town of Gretna, attended the same church, had the same friends, and taught their children to work hard regardless of their financial situation, the Associated Press reported.

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“We have nicer things, a bigger house and more than ever. But we’re the same, and my wife and I keep each other in check,” Dave told AP.

With the $1.34 billion Mega Millions jackpot being awarded to an anonymous ticket buyer from Illinois, advice from the thrifty couple is needed.

Dave, an Air Force veteran, told the outlet that keeping things simple saved his family from the tragedy of a jackpot winner.

The family received tons of letters from strangers sharing sad stories that could be made better with a donation of the couple’s jackpot earnings.

Dave said they ignored them all to focus on the needs of their family and the charities they checked out themselves.

Future lottery winners should invest, Dave told the outlet.

Seek help from a national investment adviser rather than a local adviser, and avoid advisers trying to sell financial products, he said.

The family ignored any rumors that were circulated against them while in the spotlight, rather than letting the gossip tear them apart.

“We’re still learning, but working together as a team has helped,” said Dave.

Dave advised new winners not to lose themselves once they hit their big wins.

Winning “can really emphasize your character and any addiction,” Dave told the outlet.

The lavish life of a lottery winner isn’t always what it seems.

The late Andrew Whittaker Jr. has been quoted more than once as saying he wishes he had torn up his ticket after suffering lawsuits and harassment after winning $315 million.

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Manuel Franco, who demanded $768 million, was also harassed and has since gone into hiding.

Scammers used Franco’s name to phish for personal information, saying he would give them money.

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CELINE CASTRONUOVO

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