I went to my lotto shop yesterday mid-morning, and got a shock.
The door was shut, pavement signs outside were gone, but the lights were on inside.
I had taken a 20 minute walk to get there, so I was faced with a wasted walk back without buying any tickets.
New London Coast Guard Academy instructor Andrew Norberg wins $1 million. Winning is one thing - splitting it is another story.
Have you sat down with your partner or family and discussed what would happen if you won the lottery?
Your partner needn't be a family member either, as this following case shows.
Billy Walters in his home office in Las Vegas.
I've just finished the chore and now everything's clean and fresh again.
Life is full of unpleasant tasks.
Edwina Nylan thought she had won £35 Million (US$49M), but lottery officials said no. PHOTO: The Sun
Life could have been vastly different for Edwina and David Nylan if they had bought their UK National Lottery ticket at a store.
Instead they lost a multi-million dollar fortune because they bought the winning numbers online.
Watch as Stuart Powell explains the mistake when he bought his tickets, and how it won him £1 Million (US$1.4M) in the UK National Lottery.
The Staffordshire lorry driver became a double winner after banking a £55,000 (US$77,000) win back in 2011.
I'm going to explode one of lottery's greatest myths right now.
And you need to know it so you can finally forget about other bogus ideas and get winning quickly.
I was staring out to the harbor just now, and in the distance I spied a white shape... an exotic yacht heading towards me.
That's it in the photo, the Evviva, an Italian name for 'something beautiful or special.' It's owned by American boating billionaire John Orin Edson.
I went over to the 20x binoculars we have at the window and peered through.
Another Aston Martin owner at a gas station, film director Steven Spielberg.
I was sitting in my Aston Martin waiting for a lane to be free in my local city gas station.
I use this one because it's the only station with the high octane fuel my car requires.
And as I sat there waiting for the car ahead to exit, I saw a figure I recognised through all the extensive publicity he gets by being one of our country's few billionaires.
Isabel Zelaya of New York won $26 million dollars from the Mega Millions lotto drawing on "unlucky" Friday the 13th.
Acting, horse racing and sports players are big users of superstitions to enhance their skills. But lottery plays by a different set of rules. What do you think?
So I wonder how useful these following superstitions are...
A lucky ticket-holder has claimed a £32.5 million lottery jackpot which was won in the UK on Saturday.
Lotto bosses had come under fire after introducing a new harder to win game that sees victors having to beat odds of 45 million-to-one to scoop the top prize.
You might be unlucky like John Wines (pictured) who thought he had won $500,000 but was told by the scratch-off organisation it was a mistake. It pays to be sure of the rules when you get your tickets.