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.
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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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