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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Friday, July 07, 2017

The Lottery – A Game for the Young at Heart

When you think of lottery winners, images of elderly men and women who have weathered the storms of life and come out on the other side may spring to mind. After all, you need to have both the wisdom and the wherewithal to beat the odds, right? Not according to recent wins. The average age of lottery players has decreased significantly over the last few years, as has the average age of winners. Here are a few of their stories…

Callie Rogers, was the youngest lottery winner in the United Kingdom’s history when she won €1.9 million at the age of 16 in 2003. 14 years later, Callie has only €2000 in savings, but believes she has never been happier. Callie feels she was too young to have won the lottery, and lacked the wisdom to know how to manage that amount of money. While life has thrown her some difficult cards since her astonishing win, she feels freer and happier than ever before.

Robert Salo from Brooklyn in the United States of America was only 18 years old when he won the New York lottery's “Win for Life ” game. By taking a chance with a $2 scratch card, he never imagined he would end up winning  $1000 every week for the rest of his life. Robert has chosen to put his winnings towards his studies – am investment that will definitely last a lifetime.

The luck of the Irish was certainly with 16-year-old Tracey Malik when she won $1.2 million in 1998. Working as a cashier at the time, bought her third ticket ever and assumed she had won a total of €10. After printing out a copy of the winning numbers for a customer, it dawned on her that her selected numbers were the winning ones. Upon calling in, she was instructed to sit down before she heard the truth about how much she had really won. Her first thoughts? “I will never have to work again!” Tracey is still working today, having put most of her winnings in investments – the best choice she believes she has ever made in her life.

Lottery organisers have respected the privacy of the 18-year-old winner who won $27 million in one of Great Britain’s most prestigious lotteries. In 2013, the young man from West Midlands became one of the richest teenagers in Great Britain overnight. All that is known about the youngster is that he flew for a $10 000 a night vacation shortly after winning big. Known to the public or not, this young man has certainly had his world utterly transformed, with his future looking starkly different from the one he had imagined.

Young or old, the lottery has something to offer everyone. While some may argue that playing the lottery and winning at such a young age has the potential to ruin someone’s value for hard work, when managed well and handled with wisdom, lottery winnings can set them up for financial freedom for life. It’s never too early or too late to start – you never know just what may happen!

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Weirdest Wins in the World

We all know that winning the lottery is not only possible, but truly life changing. The internet is filled with stories of lottery winners whose winnings transformed their everyday lives and transported ordinary people into an extraordinary existence. 

But what about those lucky few who had no intention of winning or any hope that a stroke of luck would head their way?

86-year-old Mary Wollens, who lives in the beautiful city of Toronto, bought a lottery ticket in September 2006 and carefully selected her combination, as she did every time she played. A couple of days before the draw, Mary had a dream in which she saw herself standing with her lottery ticket and a large cheque. 

She was so inspired by the vision she had had that she went out and purchased another ticket, and chose the exact same combination as the one she had picked earlier that week. Mary was criticised for purchasing two tickets with the exact same numbers, being labelled “foolish” because even if you hit the jackpot, you don’t get credit for winning twice. Nevertheless, Mary stuck with her gut – the best decision she could ever have made. 

Another Toronto resident had also picked the winning combination, but instead of having to split the $24 million jackpot between them, Mary’s second ticket meant she could claim two-thirds of the prize! Winning $16 million after being inspired by a dream certainly paid off in her case.

Derek and Dawn Ladner from England, on the other hand, can give credit to Derek's severe case of forgetfulness for their win. In 2007, the 57-year-old couple were home watching the draw when their 6 chosen numbers came up. Ecstatic, they went through to claim their share of £2 395 710 – a total of £479 142 between 5 winners. 

One week later, it dawned in Derek that he had actually purchased two tickets, meaning that they had won two-fifths of the winnings. Needless to say the others were not so thrilled – the extra ticket lost them £120 000 each, meaning Derek and Dawn walked away with a total of £958 284!

One of the luckiest wins of all time was 74-year-old Frane Selak from Croatia. Born in 1929, Frane had been dubbed one of the unluckiest men alive after having survived 6 near-death experiences. In 1962, Frane was on a train from Saragevo to Dubrovnik when it derailed and plunged into the icy river nearby. While 17 of the passengers tragically passed away, Frane escaped with only a few cuts and bruises. Just one year later, the cockpit door on his flight from Zagreb to Rijeka blew off, causing the plane to plummet. In this instance, 19 passengers were killed while Frane miraculously landed in a haystack and walked away with only minor injuries. 

In 1966, his bus crashed and plunged into yet another icy river, claiming the lives of 4 and leaving Frane with a broken arm. Four years on, tragedy struck again when he narrowly escaped from his car before a faulty fuel pump burst into flames. In 1973, he came under fire again when his car engine exploded, sending flames through the air vents. While he lost most of his hair, he once again walked away (mostly) unscathed. After almost two decades of peace, he was hit by a local bus in 1995, and narrowly escaped death after driving off a cliff to avoid oncoming traffic in 1996. After so many near-death experiences, Frane was prepared for just about any tragedy. 

But in 2003, in an amazing twist of fate, he was the of winner of $1 million! He believes that God was watching over him, and that people could change his title from “the UNluckiest” man alive to “the luckiest”.

These stories and countless others provide us with humor and hope that when it comes to the lottery anything is possible. All you have to do is keep trying…you never know what good luck could be around the corner!

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

The oldest lottery that exists today


Lotteries have been in play for many years, in many different forms, but have you ever wondered where and when the first known lottery was? There is very little consolidated information on this, but if you are patient you can find interesting stories that share very old recorded lotteries.
It seems that the first recorded signs of a lottery were in China on keno slips between 205 and 187 BC, believed to have been created to finance the build of the Great Wall of China.


A lottery-like gambling game often played at modern casinos and also a game in some lotteries.

The first European Lottery recorded selling tickets was by the Roman Emperor, Augustus Caesar (27BC to 14 AD). The monies earned were used to fund repairs in the City of Rome, the prizes being articles rather than money.
Further research shows that the first recorded lotteries with prizes in the form of money were held in the coastal countries of Western Europe, consisting mainly of the Netherlands and Belgium (known as the Low Countries) during the 15th century. One recorded lottery was held in May 1445, in order to raise funds to build a wall and fund town repairs. The lottery sold 4304 tickets and the total prize money was the equivalent of approximately USD170,000. Lotteries were an easy method for governments to collect tax money.


To date the oldest running lottery is the Dutch lottery known as the Staatsloterij.
The Staatsloterij has been running since 1726. It started in The Hague, when the very first Netherlands Lottery was introduced by the Netherlands Parliament. During the first 100 years of its existence it changed names until the name Staatsloterij was settled on in 1848. Today this lottery is still in existence, and is very popular in the Netherlands with over half the population taking part in it. 60% of the income made from ticket sales is returned to customers in prize money and offers one of the best odds of winnings amongst lotteries with an average of 50% of players winning a prize. The Staatsloterij is a unique type of lottery as it is not a traditional jackpot draw type, but is a sweepstake type lottery much like that of the El Gordo in Spain (you can read more about El Gordo here). 

The Staatsloterij draws take place 14 times each year on the 10th of every month, with 2 additional draws on the 30th of April (Koninginnedagtrekking) and 31st of December (Oudejaarstrekking). The bare minimum jackpot prize offered is always 7.5million Euros. A player can choose to play for all the prizes including jackpot or all the prizes excluding the jackpot. Unlike most many lotteries worldwide that can be played online from anywhere in the world, the Staatsloterij can only be played by people living in the Netherlands. 

This however, does not mean that players outside the Netherlands cannot play any lottery within the Netherlands, as there is the Euro Jackpot that can be played by anyone. 
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Life of a Lottery Winner

Ever thought about what you would do if you hit the jackpot? 
Would you spend your winnings or invest them? 
Give some away or keep it for yourself? 

Whether it’s $1 million or $100 million, winning the lottery changes your life.  And while the stories of those who blew it all away are enough to put doubt in anyone’s mind, the experiences of those lucky individuals who have taken their winnings and transformed themselves are truly inspiring.

In a recent interview with Marie Claire, 2007 lottery winner Cynthia Stafford shared that money changes things…and fast. After winning over $112 million, she immediately decided to upgrade her home and car in order for her family to have a more comfortable and secure life. Cynthia had been working hard to support herself, her kids and her father for several years, and her big win brought the relief she had desired for a long time. She treated herself and her family to a few overseas trips and other luxuries, but her greatest investment was taking a business course in order to learn how to manage her new wealth. She believes you have to prepare yourself for wealth, and therefore worked together with financial advisors and lawyers to ensure she made investments and started businesses that would only grow her winnings. Today, she is the successful business woman and a thriving mom – a true example of what good lottery-winnings stewardship can bring.

Violet and Allen Large are two lottery winners whose story challenges not only every winner out there, but each of us individually. After winning $11.2 million in 2010, the generous couple, who were in their late 70s, ensured every one of their family members was secure, following which they donated the remainder of their winnings to charities and hospitals. They did not hold onto any of the winnings for themselves, as they believed “what you never had, you never miss”. Although Violet and Allen had retired in 1983, the believed that had a comfortable life and did not need the headache of dealing with such a large sum of money. Needless to say their chosen charities were very grateful for the couple’s philosophy!

Generosity with winnings is not just a recent trend. In 1993, the winner of $111 million, Les Robins, used a significant portion of his winnings to build a campsite for children. The former high school teacher was inspired by his own childhood memories of attending amazing Summer camps, and felt the need to provide the same opportunity for today’s children. Camp Winnegator has been in operation for the past 20 years, and had become one of the top campsites in America for kids. His newfound financial freedom has never held him back from ensuring today’s generation are given the best!

While the stories of lottery winners losing it all are true, those who have gone on to thrive are even more inspirational, to say the least. Winning big is possible and it shape you in ways you never dreamed. Be inspired. Be challenged. Whatever the investment or strategy, using your lottery winnings to transform your life and the lives of others is truly one of the most wonderful things to do. 

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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Hitting the Jackpot – Is It Just Luck Of The Draw?

Winning the jackpot is every lottery players biggest dream, and while many have won their fair share of the grand prize, jackpot winners seem few and far between.  Some players win back the value of their lottery ticket, others a few hundred dollars that allow them to pay off a little debt. And then there are those lucky lottery players who beat the odds and walk away with millions! Was there method to their playing, or was it really just luck of the draw?

Meet Rosa Dominguez, a 19-year-old woman who won the lottery not once, but twice…in one week! Rosa was headed home to Arizona one weekend when she decided to stop and get refreshed at a gas station on route. Seeing the scratch cards on the counter, she thought it would be fun to give it a try. To her absolute shock and delight, her scratch card won her $100 000 instantly! As if that wasn’t enough, her stop at a local gas station in Paso Robles just a few days later would win her another $555 555. After never having played before, Rosa was certainly convinced that taking a chance to beat the odds was worth every penny.

Paul Gestrun, on the other hand, is a 71-year-old retiree who says playing the lottery is his hobby. Paul’s first big win of $100 000 was several years ago, after which he described feeling “thrilled beyond words!”. His strategy? Keep playing and put your winnings back in. Paul never imagined he would win anything again, but his strategy went on to win him another $1 million just a few years later! This time around, Paul says he was so shocked, he ended up needing an inhaler from gasping so much. Paul spent a share of his winnings on a new vehicle and did a few renovations to his home.

Two winners had some fun after jointly winning the lottery in May 2000. Joe and Sue Kainz from Illinois won their share of over $360 million after purchasing a ticket at a local store. Before coming forward as winners, Joe and Sue reportedly kept the media in their toes by driving back down to the local store and watching as reporters tried to figure out who they were. The couple used part of their winnings to pay off their debt and invest in their business. Joe and Sue put their win down to luck of the draw – and what a lucky draw it was!

One of the most heart-warming wins yet was that of the group affectionately dubbed the “Oceans 16”. 16 Co-workers at Ocean County Vehicle Maintenance jointly held one of three winning lottery tickets. The group had purchased the ticket with the hopes of using any winnings to restore what they and others had lost after suffering through Superstorm Sandy. Little did Oceans 16 realize they would hit the jackpot and walk away with a phenomenal $3,8 million each!

Some win a little, some win a lot. Whether it is luck of the draw, a stroke of fate or the result of a well-thought-out strategy, winning the lottery is not only possible, it is life changing. Persevere, take a chance – you never know what might happen! 

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