In a story just come to hand, we discovered that the sweet old woman who won the $590 million Powerball last year was not who she seemed. And it took a 10-year-old to uncover her act.
Mindy Crandell and 10-year-old daughter Mallory.
It seems that before her win, 84-year-old Gloria C. Mackenzie was at the same lottery store as mother-of-two Mindy Crandell and her daughter. Then suddenly...
Felipe Piña, who won $62.8 million in the USA Powerball back in 2007, is still considered a good luck charm in his community just south of the Colorado state line. The former auto shop owner has a tattoo of his winning numbers on his right arm, and people visit him to rub the tattoo before they buy their own tickets.
International model Linda Evangelista once famously said she wouldn't get out of bed for less than $10,000.
In lottery circles it's also well known that many lottery players won't get out of bed to play a $10 million jackpot. Nowadays it has to be much more, and lottery officials are calling the condition 'jackpot fatigue.'
Give us your opinion in this quick poll and and share your view with us, then read on to see what is driving this trend.
What level of prize gets you buying? The $400 million Powerball today? Or much less...
The lottery is full of surprises. Most of us see just the lotto store and view the prizes, but there's far more to the lottery than that. For starters, we spend a heap of money on tickets... so where does it go?
This attractive infograph shows the power of the lottery in the USA...
When a Forbes Magazine writer wrote about an Arizona Powerball winning couple in 2012, she noted that the winners gave some good advice on how to handle their win...
Don't be afraid to ask for help. The first thing the Arizona winners did was...
When you win a large sum of money, your main thought is what you can buy with it. That is usually homes, trips, cars, and all the rest of the predictable possessions of the rich.
But there's something else just as appealing that money buys perfectly, and it's something that many people overlook:
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Canada Lotto 649 winner Pierrette Lévesque had been in the habit of buying only a few lottery tickets a time. She estimated she bought 2-4 tickets a month, always one Lotto 649 and one Lotto Max each time. The cost was always a problem for her.
I got this email this morning, and like Pierrette it's a common problem for many players:
"Ken, I love your system and the way you make it so easy, but I'm retired and can't afford to play often. How can I get the most out of my small allowance?"
Here's a little story about the use of money, and how some people cope with wealth in very different ways. Keep it in mind for your own big win.
I once spoke with a very wealthy man, a property investor I had known for a few years. The topic came round to spending money, and he told me a curious story that has made me think about buying expensive possessions ever since.
This house looks like it's come out of a horror film, but has everything. The multi-story Victorian Gothic mansion, 'Rockmount,' has reception rooms, games room, play room dressing room, wine cellar and a detached lodge.
But it also has something else... a strange feature in the attic that will raise your eyebrows. See the photos below to discover what the the secret room contains.
The most scutinized part of the lottery draw is the machines that pick the balls. Here are 5 facts about these modern machine marvels of randomness.
Many lottery players live in a bliss-filled world of ignorance, believing all kinds of strange and twisted myths about tickets, chances and luck. Thank goodness for the Lotto Life blog to set them straight!
Winning is just the start of a happy life, but make sure you've got all the facts right first.
Here's 9 so-called facts that many people believe to be true, but are not:
It's easy to look at the tens of millions of dollars in every lottery prize - like the $330 million USA Powerball today - and completely forget where that money comes from.
These funds are collected from millions of players just like you and me. Each of us putting in maybe a couple of dollars, or up to thousands of dollars a time.
So on one hand, we want more players to swell the jackpot. On the other hand, every other player is more competition for us. That's because the chance of having multiple winners for a prize grows as the prize increases.
Fortunately we know something that many other millions of players don't.
How long do you take to check your lottery tickets? I'm always hurry to get down to the store to see how much I've won, especially if at a quick glance I think the numbers are a close match with mine.
Some players wait until the next game to buy their new tickets. They get the previous game's results checked then too. Other players check immediately the game has finished. When do you get your tickets checked? Share your times with us!
TIP: Don't forget to always have your tickets checked by machine. Human error, like mistaking a 7 for a 1, could be disastrous when millions are at stake.
Flappy Bird is gone. The addictive computer game that started life in May last year and rapidly captured everyone's hearts was removed by its owner on Sunday. It's just one of thousands of short-lived programs, so maybe it was expected.
Unlike my System. I've been doing this lottery program for many years, longer than some of you have been alive. Well, if you're under 23 that is.
So what's so great about that and what's it got to do with Flappy Bird?
Imagine becoming vastly wealthy overnight. Being a winner of a multimillion dollar lottery is going to be a life-changing event for almost every single lottery winner.
Ira Curry of Stone Mountain, Georgia, was one of two winners of the $648 million Mega Millions jackpot, the second-biggest prize in Mega Millions history. Photo: Facebook
But what about when the prize is an astronomical sum of $100 million, $200 million or $300 million? If you happen to be lucky enough to win a lottery, writer Jon Ogg of 24/7 Wall St tells us how to avoid some of the simple mistakes that have taken other lottery winners into bankruptcy.
24/7 Wall St. has listed 12 key things not to do if you are a lottery winner: