Friday, November 18, 2016

When the win is simply too good to be true...

Your odds of winning the Lotto are less than one in a million (sometimes, substantially less than that!). Yet you still buy the lottery ticket. Because if you win, your life will be transformed. You can pay off the house, get rid of debts, secure your children's' education and look after your aging parents. Goodbye, stress and strife!

The question is, what would you do if you bought the winning lottery ticket? Who would you tell? What would your victory dance look like? What would you do with your winnings?

One recent Lotto Powerball jackpot winner (who has remained anonymous) was so surprised when he realised that he was holding the winning ticket, he kept quiet about it for over a week!

So who was this lucky chap? He worked as a public servant in Limpopo, South Africa. He'd been buying the R20 lottery ticket every week, for 16 years. And every week, his wife told him he was crazy. She believed the lottery was a waste of money, since the odds are stacked so high against the ticket holder. And he almost started believing her!

But when he saw that the jackpot had swelled to an astounding R87 million, he knew he had to try his luck. He asked his wife to help him pick out numbers, but she refused. He stopped in at the Global Filling Station in Mokopane to buy a lottery ticket. A mere fifteen minutes before the cut off, he handed over R20, and took a lottery ticket.

It looked like any other lottery ticket. It felt like any other lottery ticket.

But when the winning numbers were announced, he knew that this ticket was his one-in-a-million dream come true. Because with it, he'd won a whopping R87 million. This is the fourth highest cash prize in the history of the South African lottery!

He almost didn't believe it. In fact, he was so shocked, he kept his win a secret - for over a week! Finally, he broke the news to his wife, who also couldn't believe his luck. She broke out in a gospel hymn!

Finally, the winner took the winning ticket to the offices of the Ithuba National Lottery, to lay claim to his life-altering prize. He admitted it was all so surreal, it had taken him a few days to get used to the idea.

Interestingly, this winner had modest plans for his millions. He said he wanted to make charitable donations and then invest his cash wisely. He had no intentions of quitting his job, or going on wild shopping sprees.

We can't help but wonder, how he's doing, and whether he stuck to this plan!

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Further reading:

R10M Rand Lottery Winner Arrested for robbery
Riches to Rags Lottery Story in South Africa
How to handle winning big in South Africa
Trail of debt for South Africa's BIG lottery winner

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Seven jackpot losers that taught us how NOT to spend our jackpot winnings

Everybody dreams about winning the lottery! But can you imagine losing all your winnings?

Expert financial advisors will tell you that winning a huge lump sum can be overwhelming and depressing if you are not well equipped to manage the money correctly. Many winners have lost their fortunes through lavish spending on everything from luxury handbags and shoes to cars, wild parties and new drug habits.

It's so important to invest your winnings wisely so that they can serve you well.
Take a look at these seven big winners, who (infamously) lost it all.

Billie Bob Harrell Jr.
Billie Bob was working at Home Depot, in the USA, when he won the Texas Lottery Lotto jackpot and bagged about US$31 million. He promptly quit his job and splurged on homes, church donations and gifts for friends and family. But he depleted his winnings so fast, that a few months after his winnings he was broke. Sadly, he took his own life.

Michael Carroll
The Englishman was just 19 years old (working as a waste collector) when he won the UK National Lottery in 2002 - a sum of over £9.7 million! But today, just over a decade later, Carroll is working in a cookie factory, earning minimum wage because he lost his fortunes. He spent it all on homes, jewellery, cars and parties! Plus, he had a long list of criminal offences to his name.

Evelyn Adams
Adams won the New Jersey Lottery not once, but twice in 1985 and 1986. She raked in winnings of over US$5.4 million in total. But her compulsive gambling habit (and the cash gifts she made to family and friends) emptied her bank account. By 2001, Adams' was broke and living in a trailer.

Barry Shell
In 2009, Shell won $4 million in Canada's Ontario lottery. He literally used his last dollars to buy the lottery ticket! But at the time, police had a warrant for arrest out on Shell; he was wanted on charges of theft and possession of stolen property. And when police saw a photo of him accepting his prize, they located him and arrested him. Shell gave his winnings to a relative, before going to jail.

Abraham Shakespeare
Shakespeare was a working-class American man when he won US$17 million in the 2006 jackpot. He befriended DeeDee Moore, who pretended to have an interest in Shakespeare's wellbeing. She told him she would help him protect his winnings since friends and family had lined up for handouts. She convinced Shakespeare to transfer the money to her account, before killing him.

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Sharon Tirabassi
Tirabassi was a single mum, living off welfare checks when she won $10 million in the Ontario Lottery. She spent the money on designer clothes, wild parties, travel, handouts to family, mansions and flashy cars. It wasn't long before she had depleted the cash, and was forced to return to part-time work and living in a rented house. At least she had the good sense to put some of the cash into a trust for her children!

Vivian Nicholson
Nicholson won £152 00 back in 1961 and declared she would "spend, spend, spend!". She did exactly that, blowing her winnings on cars, high fashion and holidays abroad. And by the early 19702, she was broke. She ended up living on a measly pension and was looking for jobs.

You don't have to be the winner who loses, so spectacularly! Make sure you consult a financial advisor and a lawyer if you win big so that you can manage your winnings smartly.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Easy tips on how to play lottery games in South Africa

Lottery is an exciting game and is popular in almost every country in the world. European countries have EuroMillions, Australia has Powerball and it is not any different in South African where the lotto receives massive support. 

Run by the Ithuba Holdings Proprietary Limited (RF) since 2015, the South African lottery scene has undergone some changes while promising to optimise the consumer experience, restore faith and trust in the National Lottery, as well as promote a positive social contribution towards society. 

How you can start playing the South African lottery? Are you feeling lucky? Have a look below for some easy tips to get started right away. 

Where to start – At the shop vs online

The beauty of lottery lies in its simplicity. Literally anyone over the age of 18 can play from any part of South Africa. There are two options, either you can play online or purchase a ticket at a shop or kiosk.

If you decide to play online, simply click on and register to create an account. Its quick, its simple and user friendly. However, a few rules do apply, such as the need to be the holder of valid a South African identity document and you have to be over the age of 18. Once registered, all you have to do is log into your account and enjoy playing the lottery from the comfort of your home. No hassle. 

Instead of registering another account with more passwords and account details to remember you can also play the South African lottery directly from your online banking platform if you bank with First National Bank (FNB) or Nedbank. Simply follow the instructions on the site to get your tickets.
Should you wish to play the South African lottery at a shop, most high street retailers such as Pick 'n Pay, Shoprite, Checkers and Spar have kiosks. Some smaller corner shops and forecourt shops at petrol stations also sell lottery tickets.

To purchase your ticket choose your lucky numbers, pay for the ticket and write your name on the back of it. Watch the live draws on Wednesday's and Saturday's or cross check the boards at the place you purchased your ticket to see if you are a winner.

Games – the choice is yours
South African National Lottery consists of many different games and those are the basic Lotto, Lotto Plus, Powerball, Powerball Plus and SportsTake 13.  Find out more about the options available here

Some easy tips
Although winning a lottery is often stereotyped as pure luck, getting few tips on how to play can’t hurt anyone, can it?
  • Do not pick a set of all odds or all even numbers. The odds of this happening are quite slim, so rather choose a combination of let us say 3 odds and 3 even numbers. 
  • Repeating numbers. Try to look out for a number that was repeated in few lotto draws. Usually those numbers will affect your whole number selection. 
Have you always been dreaming of the day when you become the next lucky lottery winner? Do not wait around for luck to find you, go ahead and play some Lotto.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

How the lottery helped someone with MS

Having a friend with MS and another's brother with the same condition, I could not help but want to share this story with our readers.

It is amazing how stress plays such an important role in our lives proven especially when the stress is taken away.

This article is courtesy of the National Lottery Website.

Dione and Richard Buss won a Lotto jackpot in 2013. This is the story of how the win made a huge difference to their life.
For many years, Dione Buss could be forgiven for thinking that Lady Luck had deserted her. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when her only daughter was just a few months old, she worked for the next 19 years despite regular flare ups which sometimes confined her to a wheelchair.

Dione, 50, recalls, “I’ll never forget the first time I realised something was terribly wrong. Harriet was just three months old, and I couldn’t do the poppers up on her babygrow. My fingers didn’t have the dexterity or strength.

“When I was diagnosed with MS a few months later, I went into denial. At first, I couldn’t even face telling my friends or colleagues at work. Over the years I would have regular flare ups where my legs would literally just go from under me for no reason and my right-hand side would be paralysed.”

Working part time for Bristol City Council because her health was failing, Dione suffered a major relapse in August 2013, the day before daughter Harriet’s 19th birthday. Dione says, “It was like being trapped, and I felt such a burden [for] my family. Harriet had to help me in and out of the bath, and I couldn’t walk so my family and friends came to visit me. I hated taking time off work, but I missed almost seven weeks which was a frustrating and lonely experience. I felt that life was so bleak.”

By September 2013 Dione had recovered enough for a pre–booked holiday in St Ives with husband Richard, 51. Back home, the Lottery ticket they had purchased on holiday was nearly thrown out. Dione says, “Richard checked the first draw, saw we hadn’t won and put the ticket on the recycling pile ready to go in the bin. I found it, realised there was another draw still on Saturday, and put the ticket away safely.

“We used the same combination of family birthdays and house numbers, so we would have been devastated if the ticket had been thrown away by mistake.”

Instead, that Saturday the couple found their fortunes changing at last – scooping a £1,888,630 jackpot. They spent their win on a new family home complete with paddock and two horses for Harriet, a holiday home in St Ives and a dream trip to see the Great Wall of China.

Life changing

But it is health, more than wealth, which has truly turned Dione’s life around.

She says, “I was working 30 hours a week, and as soon as I won, I gave up my job. It had a huge [effect] on my MS. For the last 15 years, I had suffered from regular relapses. But after winning the lottery I had just one minor relapse when we went to a Christmas market in Berlin and I collapsed in the hotel.”

“Since then, my medication has been changed and my new pace of life, plus the fact I don’t have to worry about the bills, has seen a dramatic effect on my health. I feel better than I have done for years.”

Now that Dione is well and enjoying her new home – a barn conversion nestled beside the Quantock hills – she is determined to repay the Bristol and Avon Multiple Sclerosis Centre.

Dione says, “When we realised we had won the Lottery I couldn’t sleep a wink. But even through the shock, I remember thinking I wanted to do something to help the MS centre.

“The doctors and nurses are all like family. The unit has merged to provide care for patients with MS, Parkinsons, Dementia and Epilepsy, and the new building houses a café which will raise money for further research.

“When they told me they needed volunteers, I thought: “I’ll give my time.” A couple of times a month I drive 90 miles to work an entire day in the café. I have always wanted to give something back to the medical teams who have helped me – and now I finally have the time to help out.”

Dione can now reflect on the real value of her life changing win. “The Lottery has given me time to recover my health, and time to devote myself to helping others – and you simply can’t put a price on that.”

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Pets saved by the lottery

We loved this story so much, we had to share it with you.
They are the pets who hit the jackpot – when their National Lottery winning owners decided to take on animals who needed love, patience and a whole load of luck. Here we meet one of the adored pets who were saved by the Lottery.

Former hair salon owner Susan Herdman won £1.1MMillion in January 2010. She lives with her partner Andrew in North Yorkshire. When Susan volunteered at an animal rescue sanctuary in Ireland, a tiny puppy with thee-and-a-half legs melted her heart. Here Susan tells the story of Logan.

"I will never forget the first time I saw Logan because it was love at first sight. As a volunteer helping out at the Animal Heaven Rescue Centre in Castle Island, I was asked to clean a stable which held some puppies.


Logan was at the back of the stable and as I leant down, he tried to climb onto my lap. I picked him up and he stared up at me as if he could see right into my soul. Then he tucked his head under my chin and gave a deep, contented sigh. I was just in pieces.

Over the next two days I kept going back to the stable for cuddles. The lady who rescued him found him at a cage in an animal fair and sale. When she asked about him, she was told he was going to be drowned because he only had half a front leg. I asked if I could adopt Logan, and take him home to join my four-year-old chocolate lab Senna. When they said yes, it was like winning the Lottery again.

I returned home, and met Logan the following week when the rescue centre had a delivery to Birmingham. Logan was handed to me and when he saw me again he went mad with joy. I took him home and Senna wasn’t happy about the new arrival for three weeks. But then one day I found them curled together, fast asleep – with Logan lying on Senna’s back. He had won her over – just as he does with everyone else.

A new life

Logan’s happiness is infectious. His favourite food is chicken and I spoil him rotten. He travels the country with us in a luxury motorhome. The Lottery allowed me to volunteer for the shelter, and bought Logan and I together. I would never have been able to have him if I still worked full time as the owner of a hair salon. It gave me a new life – and Logan a complete new chance at life.

I thought I might pay for him to have a prosthetic front leg built, so he could run on four legs again. I sent X-rays to the TV Supervet, Noel Fitzpatrick, along with a video of Logan walking. But Noel got back to us and said the deformity was too far up the shoulder for a false leg to work. He said Logan was managing fine on the legs he had.

Watching him race around on his three legs shows me what a great spirit he has – a little dog with a huge heart.”

Source: National Lottery Website

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A quick trip to the shop and a cool £250,000 in the bank!

A quick trip to the shops and a spur of the moment purchase has led to a life changing GameStore win for a couple. The £250,000 Navy Scratchcard caught the eye of the couple and the top prize will pay for treats for all their family.
Les West, 62, and his wife Charmaine, 52, were off to see their daughter when they stopped for bread and milk in a local shop. Queueing to pay, a snap decision has changed the couple’s finances.

Highways Contractor, Les, said, “We were at the till when Charmaine saw the Navy Scratchcard at the counter and commented how lovely it would be to win £250,000, so I said ‘buy one as you never know’. It was a spur of the moment decision and on the way back to the car I decided to scratch the card.

“As soon as I saw what it said I started to shake and went as white a sheet. I said to Charmaine that we’ve won and she asked if it was a tenner. I said higher and she then said £20, £50, £100 and each time I told her it was even higher. She thought I was messing around but when I asked her what was the amount she had just dreamt about in the shop she started screaming.”

Amazing few days
The ecstatic couple went home and immediately called The National Lottery to claim their prize before calling the rest of the family. That evening they had a meal with their family to celebrate.

“It has been an amazing few days. I still haven’t stopped shaking. Before the man from Camelot came to confirm everything, we kept the ticket during the day in Charmaine’s purse, and at night I put it under my pillow.”

Charmaine is a housewife and they have six children and ten grandchildren between them. The couple have decided that they’ll treat themselves to a new car, a UK holiday as Charmaine doesn’t like to fly, and will give some money to their children and grandchildren.

Les who works maintaining the county’s highways, will be working throughout December including Christmas Day. He said, “This win is amazing, it really has taken the pressure off us and although I will still be working over the festive period, one thing I know is that this will be the best Christmas ever.”

Source: National Lottery Website.

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Cornish runners scoop a million pounds!

A syndicate of Cornish runners backed their friends ‘lucky’ feeling and grabbed a EuroMillions ticket. They have now set a new personal best after crossing the line first and winning £1Million.
The syndicate from Mount’s Bay Harriers in Penzance bought 13 tickets in Exeter Airport on their way to Amsterdam for a weekend of running after their syndicate leader had one of his ‘feelings’ and convinced them that they would be lucky.

Syndicate leader Nicky Morse, 58, a self–employed painter and decorator from Penzance, was at Exeter Airport when he had the overwhelming urge to buy a EuroMillions ticket. As soon as his friends heard about his premonition, they all wanted to get involved because Nicky is renowned for his winning streak.

Nicky said, “I do seem to have a bit of a magic touch. I’m not a regular gambler but every now and then, I feel lucky and I’ll be drawn to bet on something and I always win. Over the years I’ve learned to take these feelings as they come and put my positive mindset to good use. It always pays off but this is by far my biggest win to date.”

Once the group had purchased their 13 EuroMillions tickets they promptly forgot about them and carried on with enjoying their long weekend of running in Amsterdam. It was only when they returned that one of the syndicate decided to check the results. However, they neglected to check the UK Millionaire Maker code and threw the balled up tickets at Nicky, joking, “You and your ‘feelings’”.

More faith
Luckily, Nicky had more faith and he and his wife, Jackie, took the tickets home to double check. It was then that they discovered they had won £1MMillion and Nicky quickly contacted the rest of the group to tell them they were all £76,923 better off.

“There were a lot of tears and disbelief when I broke the news. Certainly no one slept that night. I think it has settled in now and everyone has started making plans. Everyone will be doing something different with their share. Some are going to pay off their mortgages, there are a few holidays being booked and I’m planning some home improvements.

“We are all hoping to get together for a meal and a few drinks to celebrate our good fortune soon.”

Source: National Lottery Website

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Thursday, November 03, 2016

World's Most Popular Lottery's

You too can play some of the most popular lottery games from all over the world with Lottery Network brought to you by Sun 7 Gaming. Visit our website to for a chance to win your share in some amazing jackpots.

Imagine how easy your life could be if you win the next big jackpot, you could afford to do anything that you'd like. Whether you buy that dream house or car, travel the world or even start your own business, the possibilities are endless. The rewards are a tremendous attraction for getting your hands on that winning lottery ticket. This is why each month people rush out to get their tickets whether at a kiosk in a shop or online.

As one of the USA’s most popular lottery's the Mega Millions definitely does live up to it's namesake. With a ticket costing only $3.13 and the Jackpots starting at $15 million, no wonder this lottery game is on top of our list. It's highest Jackpot to date was $656 Million which was won by 3 lucky tickets for the draw on 30th March 2012.

To play Mega Millions, a player is to select six numbers from two separate pools, five numbers from 1 to 75 and one number from 1 – 15. Alternatively, one can opt for EasyPick and let the computer pick numbers on your behalf.  

Powerball, another large jackpot game in the USA is second on our list. While spending $5.37 on a ticket, you have a chance to win this massive jackpot every Wednesday and Saturday night. Five white balls and one red ball are drawn from a drum of 69 white and 26 red balls. The jackpot is awarded to a person who can match the 5 white and 1 red ball in any order. 

The jackpot is paid out over 29 years (30 payments counting the first immediate payment) or a cash lump sum payment. The latest winner was the Smith Family from New Jersey who won an unbelievable jackpot of $429.6 million in May 2016.

Third on our list is the very popular, European lottery called EuroMillions (UK). Under the EuroMillions banner one can find various instant win games such as WindGold, Jewel Multiplier, Instant Millioner Lifestyle and many more.

Each of the games tickets' will cost you under £5. The most recent lucky EuroMillions winner is Jim McLoughlin from Newry, who accidentally found his winning ticket in his winter coat. Thanks to the cold weather that made him reach for his jacket, he is now £1 Million richer.

Another huge lottery with amazing prizes and jackpots is the Australian Powerball. The draws take place every Thursday and although their jackpot cannot be compared to the USA version, it is by far the most popular lottery among the Aussies. 

It's jackpots average around AU$80 Million, and the odds of winning the Australian Powerball jackpot is much higher than in the USA version where you have to compete against 175 million others. 

In December 2012, the lucky Australian couple Mark and Cindy Hill won an amazing PowerBall jackpot of AU$294 Million and used their winnings to adopt another child to join their family. 

You can play these amazing international lottery's right here with Lottery Network. It’s easy to get started simply create an account, log in and play. 

You never know, maybe your new life as a millionaire will begin after the next lottery draw!

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