Friday, August 11, 2017

What to do when you win the lottery

There are many stories out there on the various lottery jackpot winners, who they are, where they are from, where they purchased their winning tickets and what they ended up doing with their winnings. It is really wonderful reading all these positive stories on how these winnings change people’s live and how they can change other people’s lives. Unfortunately up to 70% of jackpot winners blow their winnings not long after winning and end up in a worse position than before winning the lottery, mainly because they are not prepared and have no idea how to manage winning such a large sum of money.

There are some really good pointers on where to start should you become a winner, below is a list of the top 10:

  • Confirm the numbers, place the ticket in a safe place and breathe.

Get a print out of the numbers to confirm your numbers. Make a paper copy and photographic copy of your ticket and then invest in a safe to store the original ticket in a place that is safe and out of reach of anyone.

Once this is done, stop and breathe, this is a major change in your life and impulse will not work for you, you need to take the time to think through what it is your next steps will be. 
  • Don’t make drastic changes to your life initially – like major purchases or quitting your job.
This is important for various reasons, but it is very important to confirm your winnings before executing the resignation of your dreams and buying that longed after Ferrari.
  •  Keep your winnings quiet, the less people you tell the better.

 The minute people get wind of your new wealth; they will start putting out their hands for a slice of the pie, your pie. You may not be emotionally prepared for influx of various people asking for handouts and crack under the pressure, or you may even risk your safety by letting too many people know. 
  • Seek professional guidance from an accountant and a lawyer.

There are many things to consider when winning this money, such as tax implications. Ensure that you have a team to consult before claiming your winning so that they can advise you where to place your money and how to protect it.
  • Decide what payment you will take – lump sum or instalments.

There are various pros and cons to both options. Should you take the lump sum and have a great financial advisor, you could make more of the money than if you took it in instalments. Taking instalments ensures longevity of the winnings.
  • Settle all your debts first before spending money on anything else.

Make sure you debt free before splurging – as before you know it, you may have spent all your money and still be stuck with your old debts.
  • Seek advice on investing your money once all your debts are paid off.

If done wisely you could be in great standing in the future and your winnings could grow immensely.

  • Draw up a sound budget.

Once your debts are paid off and you have investments lined up, draw up a budget stating what take precedence in your wish list. Writing things down allows you time and clarity to ensure that nothing is forgotten.
  • Plan donations to charities.

This is a desire of many and is great, but must not be at the top of the list.  There are many needy causes out there that will pull at your heart strings.
  • Ensure that all your personal details are not public to avoid being pestered by opportunists.

Remain private at all times. People will not hesitate to pester you even at your personal home. This will then no longer be annoyance but a matter of safety.

Play lotteries around the world at to give yourself a better chance of winning the jackpot to change your life forever. With these tips you will have a great chance of success when winning this large sum of money.

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Thursday, August 03, 2017

Sidestepping a Scam

Lottery scams, along with the number of lottery players who have fallen prey to these scams, have increased substantially over the last few years. Scams, dishonest schemes or fraud wreak havoc in the lottery world. Fraudsters take advantage of the dreams of players worldwide by creating false hope that a big win is in hand, only to leave them in a worse-off position than when they first started. Knowing what to look out for to avoid a scam will not only protect lottery hopefuls from losing their winnings, but begin to minimize the impact of scam artists as a whole.
The golden rule to follow when playing the lottery to avoid a scam? You cannot win a jackpot, prize, raffle or sweepstake for a competition that you did not enter. Fraudsters around the globe devise any number of schemes to ensure the public believe they have won a prize, and convince them the winnings are huge! Through the use of personal information such as phone numbers, email addresses and personalised notices, scam artists hit the hearts of lottery players as they truly believe the winning message is for them.

While the way in which the notice comes and the details about the win may vary, the method for “claiming your prize” remains the same in most scams – a warning to heed when it arises. Be it an email, text message, social media post, letter in the mail or a telephone call, players will be lured by the appearance of an enormous win. Scam artists almost always request personal information and a payment for “taxes”, “transaction fees” or “bank fees” before promising that the winnings will be transferred over. Recipients of the fraudulent notices are often pressured to act quickly by claiming the winnings will expire or be lost if nothing happens within a period of time. This plays into the hands of the scam artists as players are discouraged from taking time to seek counsel or advice from friends or family. Some scam artists coax players into upholding a confidentiality agreement, thereby preventing the involvement of any third party who may dissuade the “winner” from taking further action.
Detecting a lottery scam is made easier by being extremely vigilant and investigating more about the sender prior to responding to the winning notice. Most fraudulent notices are riddled with bad grammar – spelling mistakes, poorly constructed sentences and factual errors are tell-tale signs that something is amiss. Many scams make use of free email domains from Google or Yahoo, and contain false contact information. Clues such as these will allow lottery players to think twice before responding to a scam, preventing themselves from being defrauded and putting an end to the scam artists around. Any scam or fraudulent notice should be taken to a local law enforcement agency in an effort to clamp down on illegal activity taking place.

Being able to eliminate the scams and celebrate the true winners will be a victory for lotteries everywhere. Winning the lottery legally is not only possible, but an exciting reality. Follow the golden rule to detect a scam, be on guard for fraudsters and look forward to receiving the fantastic news of your legitimate lottery win in the not-too-distant future!
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Big Win That Made a Big Difference

The lottery has been played by millions of Americans for decades, and every winner – big or small – has their own story to share. Some are tragic, some are funny and some are truly inspiring. The story behind one of America's biggest winners is heart-warming to say the least.
New York born Sheelah Ryan lived a humble life in a small trailer park in Winter Springs. Her two adoring cats for companions, she spent her days working hard as a real estate agent. Although not much is known about a husband or children, Sheelah was surrounded by nephews and nieces who cherished her dearly.
On 3 September 1988, Sheelah Ryan became America's largest individual lottery winner to date after playing the Florida Lottery. Sheelah was a regular lottery player and was stunned after discovering she had won $55.2 million in an instant! That year, the Florida Lottery had claimed no winners for several weeks, resulting in the substantial jackpot. Her life was forever changed, yet keeping her winnings for herself never appeared to be on her agenda. Sheelah reportedly believed that God allowed her to win, not to hoard but to use to change the lives of others….
And that she did! In spite of receiving global attention encouraging her to invest, donate or spend her winnings, Sheelah strove to remain out of the public eye and rather give the money away to those in need. Sheelah received marriage proposals from suitors all over the world, which she respectfully declined and instead pursued her life of humility and service. Agreeing to only 3 interviews on top news channels, Sheelah remained adamant that her winnings were not her own.

In December 1988 – a short 3 months after her win – Sheelah set up the Ryan Foundation. The foundation operates as a non-operating foundation that seeks to provide grants and funding to organisations who serve those less fortunate and the marginalised. Her founding statement and aim?
“We will make a difference!”
The foundation has assisted a variety of causes since its inception, including providing care for stray cats, funding medical procedures for children in need of operations, upliftment of the homeless and support for single mothers who battle to make ends meet.
Sheelah was due to receive her payout over 20 years when she tragically passed away from cancer a mere 6 years after her win at the age of 69. Sheelah had received $16.6 million, and the remainder went directly to her estate. Those overseeing the Ryan Foundation have ensured that Sheelah's dream of making a difference continues unhindered. Several of her nephews and nieces serve on the board, seeing to it that their beloved aunt's memory lives on.

Sheelah Ryan provides an incredible example that money does not need to change the core of who someone is; instead it can be used to better the lives of those who really need a miracle. Playing the lottery provided Sheelah with the greatest an opportunity to live out her dream – making a difference in the lives of others. May her memory and compassion be a source of great inspiration for years to come!
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The South African Lottery

Most countries around the world have their own lotteries, some only available to the locals and some available to international players, some as old as the Dutch lottery the Staatsloterij that dates back to 1726 (read more about the Staatsloterij ,“The oldest lottery that exists today”) and some as new as the South African Lottery.

The South African Lottery was established by Uthingo on 11 March 2000. There were over 800,000 tickets sold on the first day of ticket sales. Only South African Citizens are allowed to play the national lottery. In 2003 the LOTTO Plus game was launched to supplement the weekly lottery. Over the next few years the Lottery changed hands between various operators, and was even suspended briefly in 2007, however in 2015 the operating licence was finally awarded to Ithuba.

There are 7 games that run under the South African National Lottery.
The LOTTO is run every Wednesday and Saturday at 21:00 (Local Time – GMT +2). A ticket offers a player a choice of 6 numbers between 1 to 49 numbers, this can be done manually or as a ‘quick pick’ which is a computer generated selection. A set of 49 balls are used for the draw, and six balls are drawn with the addition of a bonus ball. Prizes are won when at least 3 numbers are matched. The current entry fee for the draw is R5.00 per board.

The LOTTO PLUS is an extra opportunity for a player to win; it is exactly the same as the LOTTO but costs the player an additional R2.50 per board. The LOTTO PLUS is drawn on the same days as the LOTTO at the same time.
The odds of winning the LOTTO and LOTTO PLUS:
Numbers Matching
3 and Bonus
4 and Bonus
5 and Bonus

The POWERBALL draw takes place every Tuesday and Friday 21:00 (local Time – GMT +2). The player gets to pick 5 numbers from a selection of 1 to 45 and an additional “PowerBall” number from a selection of 1 to 20. The entry fee is R5 per board. The record prize for a POWERBALL draw recorded was R102,016,595.

As with the LOTTO and the LOTTO PLUS, the POWERBALL PLUS is the same. The cost is R2.50 per board and offers the player an additional chance to win. The POWERBALL PLUS was introduced by the National Lottery in 2005.
The odds of winning the POWERBALL and POWERBALL PLUS:
Numbers Matching
1 ball and PowerBall
2 balls and PowerBall
3 balls
2 balls and PowerBall
4 balls
4 balls and PowerBall
1: 122,176
5 balls
5 balls and PowerBall

A player can play SPORTSTAKE 13 by predicting outcomes of 13 predetermined match fixtures drawn from specific professional soccer games.
For each game the player chooses their prediction by marking on the bet slip;
[1] –home win
[x] – draw
[2] –home loss (Away win)

A minimum price per wager per board is R2.00 and a maximum wager per bet slip is R2000.00 with each wager costing R2.00.
SPORTSTAKE 13 fixture results are considered as the final score after 90 minutes of play or after extra time where applicable, however excludes penalty shoot-out.

The National Lottery also offers instant win digital scratch cards. These cards are called EAZiWIN and ranges from R3 to R5 per card.

This is the National Lottery’s newest game and was Launched in 2016. It is a daily game with a minimal top prize.

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