In 1896, Helga Estby walked across America to win a $10,000 prize to save her home. When she finished, the sponsor refused to pay out. She returned home and found two of her children died in her absence, then she lost her house.
An Iraqi Man moved to Australia and used the Welfare System as Income. Some years later he became successful and wrote a check for more than $18,000 to the Australian Government (Every cent they gave him).