Winning the lottery is a life changing event, and even the humblest of people cannot escape the rush of a grand prize! Many set their sights on buying a new house while others dream about never working another day in their lives. Does winning the lottery truly change a lifestyle and who a person is?
Eliseo Guitierrez – a 58 year old man from Sacramento – had his world completely changed after purchasing a lottery ticket at a Chevron service station. Gutierrez selected 6 numbers, 5 of which matched the draw numbers resulting in a phenomenal win of more than $900 000. While draw took place on 16 June 2017, unsuspecting Gutierrez walked around with his winning ticket for 79 days before realising he had won anything. He claimed his prize in September 2017, and his life has never been the same since. So just what did Eliseo Guitierrez and his wife decide to do with their grand prize? “We’re planning to get our own place!” He will continue to work in manufacturing, and enjoy living a slightly more comfortable life thanks to his life-changing win.
In 2008, Eric and Sue Tarry won £7.6million in a Lotto draw. The couple were based in Fakenham, Norfolk, and had been running a car repairs garage and working from home for as long as they could remember. They had faithfully been playing the lotto for over 14 years when their luck changed one fateful Saturday night. The couple reported that it took them a long time to come to terms with not only having won the lottery, but also how much they had won. Their first priority after winning? To take care of their family, which included five children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. In addition, they planned on completing renovations to their home, as well as taking their very first holiday in over 24 years. While the Tarry’s could well have retired comfortably, they chose to continue running their business, believing that it was their life’s work and was an integral part of who they were.
A similar response came from 68 year old Joe Mendoza, who won $500 000 after playing in the Michigan lottery. Mendoza lived in Sanilac County, and playing the lottery was merely a way of life. After scratching his Lucky 7’s Tripler ticket, he checked his ticket three times before running over to his wife in absolute disbelief. When she didn’t believe it either, they called their daughter-in-law and asked her to verify the win with the lottery as they were so nervous. Joe Mendoza reported that he wasn’t sure how he would spend his winnings – although a bigger TV and saving a lump sum for future investments were definitely on the cards!
While there is no right or wrong when it comes to spending lottery winnings, a little spoiling combined with a little investing seems to be a winning combination. As for the change of heart, that depends on the winner. Money may change a person, but in these inspiring stories, it was definitely a change for the better!
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