Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Many people only dream of winning the lottery once, but twice? Is this even possible? It absolutely is and has in fact happened. The odds of 283 billion to 1 didn't seem so out there for a Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire couple, David and Kathleen Long, who won the £1 million jackpots in the EuroMillions twice, first in 2013 and then in 2015.

In 2013, David Long, who was then working as a HGV driver for a local transport business in Scunthorpe, nearly missed out on the big win altogether. He thought he had won just £2.70 and threw the ticket in the bin not bothering to claim the winnings. At the last moment he decided to take the ticket out with him as he needed a newspaper. "I had to fish the ticket out of the bin and when I got to the shop I was surprised to find that it was worth a so much more."

David says that the win was incredibly fantastic and couldn't have come at a better time, he said that times had been really tough and that he had been really ill for three years, unable to work leading up to it. David said that he lasted three days at work and then took early retirement. The next few months that followed were amazing, allowing them to get married after a 12 year long engagement. They had changed very little in their lives, still living in their static caravan in Scunthorpe. Rather than purchase a new home for themselves they decided to purchase a new home for Mr Long's mother.

David however, did not settle for one win, he believed and even told everyone that he will win again, he was convinced. Somehow with such very slim odds, he did.

In 2015, on a Friday night he was passing the local shop and saw there were 10, £1 million prizes on EuroMillions and a luxury vehicle and thought why not buy a ticket. He decided to take five tickets with his usual numbers.

On the Saturday morning he checked the raffle codes after a few moments he very calmly called Kath in and said 'Have a look at this. Read that line'."

Mr Long said his wife checked the television and went online to confirm the numbers. She was shocked and said to him, "Well you did say that you were going to win again!" They were very lucky to also win a luxury car.

After they married they did not go on a honeymoon as David isn't a fan of travelling, but he admitted that it would be wonderful to go on a cruise as a belated honeymoon.

David and Kathleen have also generously donated to the Lindsey Lodge Hospice and have decided to move out of their bungalow and into a mansion.

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017


Timing is everything in life and can be life altering. Too soon and you miss an opportunity, too late and you can miss that very same opportunity. A warehouse worker from Bradley Stoke, in Bristol almost lost a life changing win, but he managed to avoid it in the nick of time. James Wilson, 28, was clearing out an old wallet when he came across on old, Euromillions ticket from a draw on March 28, 2014. He realised that he had not checked the numbers on the ticket so he decided to check the ticket and realised that he matched all 5 numbers in the draw. As luck would have it, he found this ticket one day before it expired. His timing couldn't have been any better.

He said that he contacted National Lottery immediately once he realised that his numbers matched and that he only had one day left to claim, but the offices were closed and he was forced to wait until the next day. He managed to reach someone the next morning, who, much to his relief, confirmed that he was still entitled to the winnings.

Coincidently, the National Lottery had been searching for his missing ticket for the 6 months that they were waiting for it to be claimed. They had been appealing to the local community to check their tickets to ensure that they weren't the winners in local newspapers.

Interesting Fact

All National Lottery players have 180 days to come forward and claim their prize from the day of the draw. After 2 weeks from any draw, for all claims over £50000 that are unclaimed, the national Lottery appeal to the public in the area in which the ticket was purchased. After the 180 day deadline the prize and any interest earned goes to the National Lottery Projects.

James mentioned that he was recently married and was living with his wife in his parents' home, but the winnings of £51,232.90 would really help the couple by giving them the opportunity to place a deposit down on their own home. He says that the discovery couldn't have come at a better time for him and his new wife. They saved money for their wedding but didn't have enough left for a house. He also wants to spoil his wife with a new car and get himself back into bike racing again.

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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Lotto Tragedy Strikes

Lotto Tragedy Strikes

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They say that money doesn't bring happiness and there are a fair few lotto winners who'd tell this tale. It's a well known fact that many lotto winners do not end up happier but rather end up in a bit of a pickle after blowing through most of their lucky fortune. If you come from very little and suddenly find yourself a multi-millionaire, it is bound to lead to frivolous spending and mismanagement as the majority of us don't have the know-how to handle such a large amount of money. One such unlucky man was Billie Bob Harrell Jr.

Harrell was an ordinary, quiet boy from Houston, Texas. He didn't have much interest in extracurricular activities, even in school, preferring to spend his time with family and in church. "Billie Bob's family was always his life," says his sister, Sharon Muldine . He grew up to marry and have three children, but life was not that kind to him and after being laid off from a few jobs he was working a low paying job stocking the electrical-supply shelves of a Home Depot. His wife was forced to rejoin the workforce and also found herself in a low paying position. The Harrell's were having a hard time providing for themselves, let alone their three teenage children. Every Wednesday and Saturday, Billie Bob would scrape together some dollars and buy a couple of lottery tickets in the hopes of improving his family's lot.

One warm evening in June 1997, the lotto balls did their usual dance but despite having bought a ticket earlier, Billie Bob had not tuned in. At work the following day, his colleagues were all buzzing about the winning ticket, worth a whopping $31 million, which had been bought in their very own town of Kingwood. That evening, Billie Bob got home and grabbed the Sunday paper, sitting in his favourite chair he took out his ticket and compared the numbers. He sat in shock, then called his son, Billie Bob III, over to check that he had read correctly. And indeed he had. Billie Bob had won $31 million and the family's fortune had changed at last!

It was with an entourage of his family, friends and minister that he went to collect his first annual check of $1.24million. For a while, life was everything the Harrell's could've dreamed of but unfortunately it was the beginning of a horrible demise for the 47 year old Billie Bob. It started with him quitting his job and taking his family to Hawaii. He then bought cars and houses for some friends and family and, being deeply religious, donated a fair amount to his church. He even donated 480 turkeys to the poor. All his lavish and overly generous spending obviously attracted attention and he was hounded for donations, having to change his number a few times after being called by strangers! However, he enjoyed his role and as his spending and lending spiraled out of control, so his marriage started to suffer. In February the couple split leaving Billie Bob devastated and desperate. On 22 May 1999, 20 months after his jackpot win, Billie Bob stripped himself naked, pushed a shotgun against his chest and pulled the trigger.

Shortly before his death, Billie Bob told his financial advisor, "Winning the lottery is the worst thing that ever happened to me."

And even more sad than poor Billie Bob's fate - a family feud revolving around his suicide left a deep chasm between children and grandparents, all whilst a family war loomed over the remnants of his fortune, which could probably barely have paid his estate taxes.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Winning Again and Again and Again…

Winning the lottery is one thing, but winning the lottery a few times over is the stuff only dreams are made of. This was the reality for Stefan Mandel – the Romanian mathematician who won the lottery not once, not twice, but 14 times over.

Stefan Mandel was born in Romania, and dedicated his life to mathematics. At the time, the subject was not highly valued and as a result, Stefan pursued Architecture at university. When things didn't work out, he felt confused about what he should do with his life and sought the counsel of his parents. Their question to him? "What is the thing you feel most comfortable doing?". The answer was clear to Stefan – mathematics. Everything about it just made sense to him. Stefan enrolled at the University of Bucharest and completed his studies in mathematics. Along the way, Stefan realised that mathematics was a highly disliked subject among society, and made it his mission to change people's attitude about mathematics through teaching, blogging and seminars.

Another thing Stefan realised is that he could work out a way in which to win lotteries using combinations of numbers. In an interview with Alex Goldmark, he shared that this journey started in the 1950s where he played the Romanian lottery. He did a lot of research and planning, and came up with a formula for buying blocks of tickets that would guarantee him a winning prize. Stefan looked at the number of possible combinations that would be available to him, for example, in one lottery where players choose 6 numbers out of 59, there would be 45 million different combinations. Stefan would do this for each lottery he played, and would work together with his syndicate to purchase every possible combination for that lottery. An expensive venture indeed, but when you win over 13 lotteries, it is a venture you can afford!

In 1992, after being outlawed in Australia, Stefan looked elsewhere in the world to see where he could win another lottery. He came across the Virginia lottery, which had 7.1 million combinations. Stefan calculated that he would need to wait for the jackpot to reach over $25 million if he were to make a profit after winning, as his outlay in purchasing all of the tickets and sharing the payout with other players would be too high. The process took 3 months, during which time all 7.1 million tickets were printed and shipped to America. Stefan shared that he was not surprised when he won as he was confident that his operation had secured him the jackpot. This was Stefan's 14th and final lottery win – a total of $27 million.

While many have aspired to replicate Stefan's strategy, experts say it simply cannot be done anymore. Not only would printing all of the tickets be a logistical impossibility, but the number of combinations and likelihood of sharing the winnings with others is too greater. Stefan Mandel remains one of a kind – a 14-time lottery winner whose legacy will be the envy of players around the world for many years to come.

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