It can be argued that Abraham Shakespeare, David Edwards and Amanda Clayton had little in common besides winning the lottery. Along with diverse geographic differences, they were very different people with very different problems. And they are all dead. Long before their average life expectancy.
Some financial advisors want the best for your budget; others are a little more disingenuous -- they'll bully their clients into buying products they don't need. If you suspect that an advisor is trying to get the better of you, don't let yourself be prodded or pushed in the wrong direction.
Because the money is harder to access, people who take structured settlements are more likely to "get rich slowly" than my professional clients who can cash in a mutual fund or stock whenever they want.
Why give your family a lump sum and have them blow it? Most insurance policies have options to pay out over time, but few people use them. It limits them to the terms of the insurance company. Thus, I came up with a simple system.