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

They say that money doesn't bring happiness and there are a fair few lotto winners who'd tell this tale. It's an interesting 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 purchased 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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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Jack Whittaker

Andrew Jackson Whittaker, Jr. also known as Jack Whittaker, has become one of the best-known lottery winning stories. Sadly the story of Jack Whittaker isn't a very positive one, although he was fortunate to make the list of jackpot winners.

On Christmas day in December 2002 he won $314.9 million (the largest jackpot ever won at the time by a single winning ticket) and at the time, he was also known as the wealthiest man to ever win the lottery.

The 55 year old West Virginia construction Diversified Construction Company President, who was already worth over $17 million, decided to purchase a ticket whilst stopping at the Hurricane supermarket in West Virginia to buy a sandwich and get fuel for his vehicle. The winnings for his ticket were either $314.9 million annuity or $170.5 million cash. Whittaker chose the cash option, which was $113 million. Jack was very generous with his winnings as he donated 10% of his fortune to Christian charities and donated $14 million to establish his own foundation (a foundation that gives clothing and food to poor families in the Rural West Virginia), the Jack Whittaker Foundation and even gave a $123, 000 house, a truck and $44,000 cash to the woman who worked at the convenience store where he purchased his winning ticket.

Sadly, the saying "the root of all evil is money", isn't too far off in Jacks case. After winning the jackpot, his personal problems and legal challenges got the better of him and he started drinking heavily, frequently visiting strip clubs.

On the 5th of August 2003, nearly a year after he won the jackpot, thieves broke into his car and stole $545,000 whilst he was visiting a West Virginia strip club. In January in 2004, his car was once again broken into and thieves stole another $200,000, but this was later recovered. In 2004 his granddaughter's boyfriend died of an overdose and a few months later his granddaughter was found dead, wrapped in plastic and dumped behind an old van.

Jack turned to alcohol and gambling and was sued by the Caesars Atlantic City casino for bouncing $1.5 million worth of cheques to cover gambling losses.
In July 2009, Ginger Whittaker Bragg, Jacks 42 year old daughter was found dead in Daniels in West Virginia, no foul play was suspected. Jack, in these dark moments of his life, blames the fact that he won the jackpot for all his misfortune in his life. He stated to reporters at the time of his daughter's death that he wished he had torn the ticket up.

On 2 December 2016, almost 14 years after winning the jackpot, Jacks home in Bland County, Virginia burnt to the ground. Fortunately, although his wife was home, no one was injured. Sadly, Whittaker stated that the house was not insured.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Double or Nothing

We all dream of winning the lotto jackpot, or even just a few hundred thousand. But imagine winning twice! One lucky man in South Africa did just that.

We expect a rag to riches story in most cases but in this case the twice lucky winner of the South African Lottery was a successful businessman from Limpopo Province. The 34-year-old, who has chosen to remain anonymous, won his first jackpot of R11 million in 2002. A mere seven years later, in 2009, he went on to win a whopping R30 million in the Powerball’s inaugural jackpot prize.
The odds of the same person winning both lotteries are positively galactic, but somehow he did just that. Statistics show that he beat odds of 14 million to one to scoop his first jackpot prize, and a whopping 24 million to one to claim the second. However, he is not the record holder, that title goes to a man from Idaho, USA, who has won the lottery three times!

Despite these two big wins, the 34-year-old seems to have kept his wits about him and remains startlingly humble. After winning the first time he stated that he only spent about R100 per month on lotto tickets. Upon winning the second time, a larger R30 million, he politely declined the offer for a car to pick him up, preferring to drive himself to the Gidani offices in Midrand to claim his prize. Perhaps because of his background in business, this lucky man is still riding on the success of his two lotto wins and has said that he knows how precarious his situation is; the temptation to spend the vast amounts of money and announce to the world that you’ve made it big is positively overwhelming.

With his first win, he chose to use the money to stabilize his business and secure his assets. Upon winning a second time, he remained as level-headed as ever and stated that he would like to invest a large portion into the future of his four children and then venture into property development, which had shown to be a consistently strong sector. With the property development, he hopes to simultaneously be able to address the plight of the many homeless people in our South Africa. And whilst the details remain unclear, one thing is certain, this man and his children surely have a successful and bright future in store. 

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Thursday, September 07, 2017

Aspiring Billionaire Wins Lottery

Most tales of winning the lotto end in the winner frivolously spending their winnings and ending up right where they started. Either that or the famous curse of the lotto where big jackpot winners seem to meet a rather untimely end, although I’m sure their ends are not as accidental as they seem. One man has neither frittered his winnings away nor met any Final Destination like end; meet Brad Duke.
Brad was a regular guy.

He had bought a house, had a good job as manager of Gold Gym’s fitness centre in The Treasure Valley, Idaho and cycled every Saturday morning. On the 28th of May, a Saturday like every other, he stopped at Jackson’s Food Mart on the way to a race to buy fuel for his car and himself.  He also decided to play Powerball using his “winning” numbers; a while back Brad had developed a number structure by analysing popular lotto numbers which he then formed into a pattern and played every week for four years, these “hot” numbers were 5, 7, 24, 28, 29 and 36.

That Saturday he went on, rode a good race, had drinks with some friends and then went on home. An ordinary day like every other before it, the Powerball ticket already forgotten. It was only when a friend mentioned that someone in the area had won the jackpot but had not come forward to claim their prize that he remembered. When he stopped for fuel again he asked that his ticket be put through the machine. He had won. A dead giveaway by the way the girls in the store screamed hysterically, telling him he’d won, he’d actually won! As most would be, he was in a state of shock but carefully took his ticket and walked to his truck where he just sat. To this day he still can’t remember whether or not he actually paid for his fuel! The first person he called, from his truck, was his dad. He then waited over two weeks before coming forward to claim his prize. During this time, the business savvy man put together a team of advisers including a lawyer, a financial adviser and a publicist; a wise choice for anyone winning a whopping $220 million.

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What captured our eye about this story though was not the amount or the fact that he is still riding on the success of his win, but that upon winning, he had boldly stated that his goal was to turn the winnings into $1 billion in 15 years. Quite a goal if you ask us.

Brad decided to take the full amount instead of being paid out monthly, this meant he received a check for $126 million and after tax, was left with $86 million, considerably less than the actual jackpot but still an amount I’d be happy to pocket.  One thing Brad knew was that he didn’t want to end up like so many other winners who had lost their entire fortune by squandering it. So what did he actually do with his winnings? Well he started off in the most logical manner. He paid off his mortgage and student loan, bought a used VW Jetta, made an annual gift of $12 000 to all his family members, splurged a little by going to Tahiti with 17 of his friends, oh and of course he bought some new bicycles. He then cleverly invested the rest and continued working. However, two and a half years later he quit his job as he was tired of being hounded by people and managing his new wealth was taking up a fair amount of his time.

So where is Brad Duke now? Well, a little behind on his goal apparently but still managing to increase his wealth exponentially. If he does eventually succeed, no matter how late, we have to acknowledge that he has mastered a secret known to the rich: delayed gratification.
And if you’re wondering, he has spent many dollars on charity. Not only a smart, wealthy man but also one with a big heart. 

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Lottery Horror Story

Winning the lottery is a dream of so many people. Most people endeavour to do good when winning the large lump sum of money, promising to donate to charities and to help those less fortunate. Sadly, this can potentially place the person in a situation that could cost them their lives. Sadly this is the story of a Florida man, Abraham Shakespeare, who won the jackpot and was declared missing a few years later and then eventually found murdered. The story of Abraham is a true Lottery Horror Story.

Abraham Shakespeare
Abraham Shakespeare, a 47 year old casual labourer from Frostproof Florida, won the $30million lottery in 2009. He had a big heart and couldn’t say no to those that asked him for money, allowing homeless people to live in his home. Sadly his kindness was his downfall that lead to him eventually  being murdered by Dorice “DeeDee” Moore.

Abraham Shakespeare purchased the winning ticket on the 15th of November 2006 at a Townstar convenience store when he and his co-worker stopped to buy cigarettes and drinks. His co-worker was the one that purchased the winning tickets on behalf of Abraham after he asked Abraham what he wanted and Abraham asked him to purchase him 2 tickets. This unfortunately resulted in a court case where his disgruntled co-worker, who demanded a share in the money, attempted to accuse him of stealing his tickets in order to lay claim on the winnings. Abraham opted to take the lump sum payment of the winnings of $17million, which remained his after the court stated that his co-workers story wasn’t believable and that the money belonged to Shakespeare.

Abraham Shakespeare wins the Lottery

Sadly, due to his kindness, Abraham was pestered by strangers and hangers-on constantly and confided in his brother telling him he was better off before winning the jackpot. One of these people was DeeDee, who he started a business with her called Abraham Shakespeare LLC, giving her full control of the firm’s finances. She subsequently spent $1million on personal purchases including a vacation.

On the 9th of November 2009, Shakespeare’s family reported him missing, stating that they had not seen him since April 2009. A tip off led the investigators to the backyard of a property owned by Abraham. They soon found his body buried under a slab of concrete, with two gunshot wounds to the chest.

On December 10, 2012 DeeDee Moore was found guilty of first degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison. DeeDee attempted to keep the $1million home of Abraham that she claimed was sold to her, but the court ruled against this as there is no proof of the sale of the house to her.

DeeDee Moore and Abraham Shakespeare
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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.

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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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Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Lottery – A Glimpse Through Time

For centuries, people around the world have been playing the national lottery. Today, there are thousands of opportunities for millions of players worldwide to take part in one of the biggest industries globally, but it hasn’t always been this way. Today’s winners stand on the back of millions of people who have gone before them, and transformed this game of chance into what it is now.

The first recordings of a lottery date back to the Chinese Han Dynasty between 205 and 187 BC, where the money was used to help build the Great Wall of China. There is a reference to the drawing of lots in the Chinese “Book of Songs” which indicates that games of luck began with the earliest developments of mankind. Move ahead a little in time, and evidence shows that Roman Empire used the lottery as a source of amusement at dinner parties. Some records suggest that lottery tickets were put up for sale during the reign of Augustus Caesar, who used all money generated from those sales to rebuild the city of Rome. Every citizen who purchased a ticket was guaranteed to win something – a very different scenario to today!

More is known about the lottery and its development from the 15th century onwards. Many towns used lotteries to generate funds that would fortify their towns and villages, and give aid to the poorest living amongst them. Lotteries were extremely popular and were seen as a form of taxation in which people would willingly participate as they knew they would win something in return. Across several towns, cities and countries, money generated from the lottery was used to better public services and facilities. The birth of our modern day lottery, however, happened in Genoa, where citizens would vote for council members twice a year, and would receive something if their council member’s name was picked. This was enjoyed so much by the public that they decided to switch to using numbers instead of names, and played this “guessing game” on a more regular basis and our national lotteries were officially born.

In the 1700s, lotteries in the United States were primarily used to finance ventures privately and publicly, including the building of churches and national roads. In 1740, money generated from lotteries were used to finance two of the most prestigious universities, namely the University of Princeton and the University of Columbia. During the Revolutionary War, funds from lotteries supported the Colonial Army, following which several states in the United States of America had to resort to using lotteries as their primary source of finance for public welfare and development. In the 1800s, the “game of numbers” became so popular that even the poorest of the poor were participating in the hope that they would receive even a small reward to offer some relief.

Through time, the popularity of this enticing game of chance has grown enormously. What started out as a picking of lots has transformed into a multi-billion-dollar game of numbers and chance, drawing interest from citizens around the world. While the winnings are bigger and the odds are greater, the satisfaction of winning has never changed, and will likely remain for many centuries to come. Today’s winners stand on the back of those gone before us who laid the perfect foundation for this unpredictable yet exhilarating game of chance.

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