Tuesday, January 30, 2018

15 Incredible Lottery Facts - Part 3

15 Incredible Lottery Facts
(PART 3)

The lottery does change lives and make dreams come true, along with it are some very interesting facts and drama. Click here to see part one and two of this series of articles. 

11. Cop splits lotto ticket with waitress… and they win!
Police detective Robert Cunningham was just about to leave a tip for Phyllis Penzo, who had been a waitress at his favourite restaurant for 24 years. Instead he offered her the following deal: split whatever the lottery ticket in his pocket might win them. She agreed and the rest is history, they won $6 million together and split the prize after deciding to receive annual payments of $285.715. 

12. An Australian syndicate in the US… in 1992!
An Australian syndicate group manually listed all possible outcomes for a 6/44 lottery in Virginia. They had to buy each ticket separately at the time so they only managed to buy about 5 million tickets at $1 each, out of the possible 7 million different combinations. That was good enough, as the syndicate managed to win the $27 million jackpot, bringing home a net profit of $23 million. Virginia lottery officials were so shocked when they heard what happened, that they wanted to place a ban on such strategies in the future. But the motion fell through and the only law that passed was that sales agents must take care of their clients in line before helping bulk lottery buyers.

13. Man comes back from the dead to win scratch lottery, twice!
Bill Morgan, an Australian truck driver, suffered a fatal heart attack after being crushed in an accident in the late 90's. For 14 minutes he was clinically dead a span of time which most people rarely recover from without neurological or brain damage. He refused to be a statistic and woke up from a medically induced coma after 12 days with all of his faculties perfectly intact. It wasn't long after that Bill Morgan decided to buy a scratch off lottery ticket and ended up winning a car worth $17.0001. A local TV show asked him to re-enact the win for a story which was when he scratched off a ticket and won $170.000! Some people have asked him to try his luck for a 3rd time, but so far bill has refused.

14. Math professor cracks the system, wins millions in scratch lottery
Joan Ginther is considered to be the luckiest woman in the world, after inning multi-million dollar prizes 4 times by playing scratch cards. Being a maths professor the assumption was that she managed to 'crack the system' Ginther has never granted an interview, but we do know all of her wins were in the Texas lotteries high stakes scratch card games, buying her scratch cards 3 times at the same vendor and once at a nearby town.

15. Beating the odds: dying in a car crash or winning the jackpot?
In the USA according to the national centre for health statistics, the odds of fatal injuries while driving are about 1 in 6700 while the odds of winning the jackpot at any lottery are much lower.
You may think that you need to drive to the shop to purchase your ticket right? WRONG! You can buy lottery tickets online without even stepping a foot in a car or on public transport!

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

15 Incredible Lottery Facts - Part 2

There are some amazing stories, facts and drama in the world of Lottery. If you missed out on last week’s interesting lottery facts then see them here.

5.  Even the Vatican City has lotteries!

At first the papacy was against lotteries in Rome. Popes Innocent XI and XII threatened Catholics with excommunication if they participated in the Italian lotteries, but the lotteries were still as popular as ever with the public. In 1732, the Holy See led by Pope Innocent XIII finally permitted the establishment of an official Roman lottery. Centuries later, the Vatican has more than warmed up to lotteries. Pope Francis, the current pope, held a lottery in January 2015, with funds going to charity. Later in that year another lottery was run to enable 350,000 pilgrims could see him talking in Philadelphia during a visit to the USA.

6. The British Museum was created by lottery funds – and still benefits!
The Heritage Lottery fund gives grants to many British institutions with proceeds from the lottery. One of the world’s best museums was made possible because of the lottery! In 1753, England formed a lottery with the museums creation in mind. More than 250 years later the museum still receives funding in the form of heritage lottery fund grants.

7. Lotteries are a whole lot older than you think
Lotteries have been a part of human history for at least 2114 years, the earliest forms of lottery can be traced as far back as 100 B.C in ancient Rome and the Han Dynasty in china. While no one can say definitively when lotteries began, they certainly are not a new concept. Read more here about the oldest lotteries that exists today.

8. The United States of America was a lottery-funded project
The founding fathers of the US were founding fans of the lottery! Benjamin Franklin established a lottery to pay for a cannon in Philadelphia. George Washington set up many lotteries, though they never succeeded. Thomas Jefferson set up a private lottery to pay off debts. And in 1776, the Continental Congress established lotteries in order to fund the Colonial Army. No wonder Mega Millions and Powerball are so popular – playing the lottery is as patriotic as bald eagles and baseball!

9.  Sometimes lightning does strike twice or thrice

In Norway, three members of the Oksnes family won the lottery three times in six years. A man in Florida, James Bozeman JR. won the Florida lotto twice with tickets he bought at the same 7 eleven store. His total winnings were $13 million. A couple in Virginia won the lottery 3 times in one month. They won $1 million with a Powerball ticket on 12 March 2014, then again on 26 March $50.000 with a Virginia lottery pick 4 ticket, and yet another $1million with a Virginia lottery scratcher ticket the very next day. There are a lot of other examples of lottery luck to prove that people can win the lottery more than once! Read more stories like this here.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

15 Incredible Lottery Facts - Part 1

15 Incredible Lottery Facts

Not only does the lottery make dreams come true and changes a lot of lives, it also has some amazing stories, facts and drama of its own. Here are 15 of the most incredible lottery facts.

(PART 1)

1. Not checking or losing a lottery ticket has cost someone, big-time!
The World Record the for the largest unclaimed lottery prize’s draw date was the 8th of June 2012, for a Euromillions ticket sold in the UK worth £63,837,543.60. Even if some one finds the ticket now, it will be of no use to them as there is an expiry date for the collection of lottery prizes! On the upside - all unclaimed National Lottery prizes go toward the Good Causes Fund.
See more stories here.

2. A $590 million lesson in politeness
Mindy Crandall let 84-year-old Gloria Mackenzie cut in line at a grocery store in Florida because we are taught to be respectful and polite to our elders. There was a Powerball ticket on both of their shopping lists and because of the line jump 84-year-old Gloria Mackenzie won $590Million. Crandall said that she doesn’t regret letting Gloria Mackenzie jump the line because it taught her daughter an important lesson of kindness. Skip the grocery line and play Powerball online to save yourself from a scenario like this! Read more here.

3. One very accurate fortune cookie made lottery history

In 2003, 110 tickets matched the second-highest Powerball prize division. Powerball suspected fraud because there is usually zero to four winners per draw. What they found was much more interesting than a case of lottery tampering. People played the numbers on one lucky fortune cookie that has been making its rounds in Chinese restaurants across the country. 89 ticket holders won $100.000 and 21 won $500.00 because they chose the Power Play which multiplied their winnings. An important lesson learned - cookies are good for you!

4. The low-lying European countries are lottery pioneers
Netherlands and Belgium in the 15th century were the first lotteries on record that offered tickets in exchange for money prizes. One of the first lotteries with a complete record was held in 1445 in L’Ecluse (Modern-day Sluis) the prize was 1.737 florins (roughly $170.000 in today’s money) and it sold over 4300 tickets. Most of the income was used to help the poor and to build town infrastructure.

5. The word 'lottery' is a multi-cultural mashup
The English word lottery originates from the Dutch word ‘lot’ which means ‘fate’. Lotto originates from Italian. The first post-roman empire lottery in Italy was held in Milan in 1449.

Check back next week for some more incredible lottery facts!

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Miracle Mile Fairly Tale

When it comes to buying lottery tickets we tend to focus on the numbers.  But what if your location could improve your chances? Fond du Lac, a small city in Wisconsin, is home to the “Miracle Mile”.  Stores on this main street have sold more than 14 winning tickets in the past 20 years. One of these lucky winners was Les Robins.
While running errands in Fond du Lac on a Saturday afternoon, Robins decided to purchase a lottery ticket.  The odds of being the sole winner were 1 in 54.9 million.  Robins had selected number 30 as his power ball and when this was drawn he joked that he must have won a buck or two.  However when he put the numbers in order he was shocked to see that he had them all.  He had beaten the odds and won $111 million, a record at the time.
Robins was a junior high school teacher and when he won his millions knew exactly what he wanted to invest in, children. He purchased 226 acres and built a day camp for children along Lake Winnebago’s eastern shore, Camp Winnegator. 
The inspiration behind the dream was Robins own childhood. “I just hated to see kids not doing the kind of things we did growing up – playing soccer, softball, hanging out” Robin said.
At Camp Winnegator there’s no shortage of activities to help the children disconnect with technology and engage with nature.  Activities range from cooling off in the lake, exploring trails on horseback, painting pictures and playing games. Robins is giving the children an opportunity to be just that, children. “I basically consider myself a mentor to kids in any way I can be, whether it’s in the classroom, their personal lives or on the basketball court” Robins shared. 
After 20 years Robins has a more low key role in the camp these days. However he still likes to be found tinkering around the property or at the back of the gym on a Friday night, when the weekly camp sessions end.  Here Robins can watch the children, parents and counsellors eat dinner and observe the sense of community he has helped to facilitate.
When asked what advice he would give future lottery winners: Put a portion of the cash into a irrevocable trust for up to three years. “Let time tell them what they really want to do with it,” he said.
Winning the lottery has enabled Robins to positively impact children’s lives in ways he would have never thought possible.  It might not be the life Robins planned, but it’s the dream he now lives. Robins found his happily ever after on the Fond du Lac miracle mile.

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