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They say that you’re more likely to be struck by lightning than to win the lottery, but there’s a difference. No one goes outside during a thunderstorm with the intention of getting struck by lightning. On the other hand, whenever a lottery offers a huge jackpot prize that can reach as high as $1.58 billion (as in the case of the US Powerball in January 2016), many of us immediately storm over to the nearest retail shop to purchase our tickets. If the rain is heavy outside, we can always buy official lottery tickets at theLotter, the leading online ticket purchasing service. Bad weather won’t stop us from taking a chance on the lottery!
The odds of winning a lottery jackpot may be stacked against us, but the cost of participation in a lottery is actually not that expensive. Spending a small amount of pocket money in the hope that a jackpot win will make our wildest dreams come true is hardly a luxury, as long as we don’t go overboard with our purchases. In order to win, you need to play.
Someone always wins the lottery jackpot in the end, so why shouldn’t it be you? A jackpot win could certainly turn your life around. If you plan things wisely, it would guarantee financial stability for you and your family for decades to come.
Jackpot winners come from all walks of life. This is understandable, as the lottery seems to attract everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, educated or not, married or single, because we all fantasize about winning.
In many cases, winning the lottery can help solve the financial difficulties of people in real need of money. There are also cases when the unexpected windfall of a lottery win results in exactly the opposite. Instead of improving one’s life, lottery winnings can be mishandled and fortunes that arrived quite unexpectedly have disappeared in no time at all.
When we consider some examples of big lottery winners we can’t help but wonder what we would do in their situation.
In May 2013, 84-year-old Gloria MacKenzie of Florida was standing in line to purchase a lottery ticket for the American Powerball, which offered at the time a $590 million jackpot prize. An unidentified woman allowed MacKenzie to go ahead of her in line. This random act of kindness was a life-changer for MacKenzie, whose purchase of a Quick Pick ticket resulted in her being the sole winner of the top prize. The media reported that MacKenzie planned to donate $2 million to repair the roof of a high school in Maine where her daughter teaches.
Best friends Paula Barraclough and Lorraine Smith from Sunderland, shared a £15m jackpot in the UK Lotto draw in February 2017. The two, who have been friends for more than 17 years, planned to celebrate together by flying first class to Las Vegas. Blackpool couple Andrew and Natalie Cunliffe were able to use their £1m lottery prize in February 2016 to stage their dream wedding in Cyprus. A couple from New Jersey, identified only by their first names Jackie and Rande, planned to use their $1 million lottery prize in March 2016 to help raise their three grandchildren, after the tragic death of their daughter.
Not all lottery winners are that deserving of the prize. Jane Park from Edinburgh became Britain’s youngest EuroMillions winner ever when she won a £1million prize in 2013. Since then, Park has been featured in the gossip columns as a result of her lavish spending, wild partying, and frequent cosmetic surgeries, as well as for her threat of suing the National Lottery for ruining her life, because they had allowed teenagers to purchase lotto tickets.
These winners, and many more just like them, are people as ordinary as you and I, yet they had the luck of winning huge lottery prizes. Maybe we’ll be next to have our dreams come true when we play the lottery.
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